Lurcio is a much-put-upon slave in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. More often than not, Lurcio finds himself keeping his owner's family members apart, in order to keep them together.
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1970   1969  
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Series cast summary:
Frankie Howerd ...  Lurcio 14 episodes, 1969-1970
Elizabeth Larner Elizabeth Larner ...  Ammonia 14 episodes, 1969-1970
Kerry Gardner Kerry Gardner ...  Nausius 14 episodes, 1969-1970
Jeanne Mockford ...  Senna the Soothsayer 13 episodes, 1970
Anita Richardson Anita Richardson ...  Roman Maiden / ... 13 episodes, 1970
Max Adrian ...  Sen. Ludicrus Sextus 8 episodes, 1969-1970
Wallas Eaton Wallas Eaton ...  Sen. Ludicrus Sextus / ... 8 episodes, 1970
Barbara Lindley Barbara Lindley ...  Roman Maiden / ... 8 episodes, 1969-1970
Valerie Stanton Valerie Stanton ...  Roman Maiden / ... 8 episodes, 1969-1970
Georgina Moon Georgina Moon ...  Erotica 7 episodes, 1969-1970
William Rushton William Rushton ...  Plautus 7 episodes, 1970
Joanna Ross Joanna Ross ...  Roman Maiden / ... 7 episodes, 1970
Jeannette Wild Jeannette Wild ...  Roman Maiden / ... 7 episodes, 1970
Penny Beeching Penny Beeching ...  Roman Maiden 6 episodes, 1970
Lucienne Camille Lucienne Camille ...  Roman Maiden 6 episodes, 1970
Monika Dietrich Monika Dietrich ...  Roman Maiden 6 episodes, 1970
Jackie Leapman Jackie Leapman ...  Roman Maiden 6 episodes, 1970
Sui Lin Sui Lin ...  Roman Maiden / ... 6 episodes, 1970
Heather Wright ...  Roman Maiden 6 episodes, 1970
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Lurcio is a much-put-upon slave in the ancient Roman town of Pompeii. More often than not, Lurcio finds himself keeping his owner's family members apart, in order to keep them together.

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As the comedian was very sensitive about his baldness, BBC hairdressers had to put Lurcio's Roman hairpiece over Frankie Howerd's own toupée, much to the bemusement of producer David Croft. See more »

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Featured in Wendy Richard: A Life on the Box (2001) See more »

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The satire may be more juvenile than Juvenal, but "Up, Pompeii" remains a classic bit of English gutter subversion.
17 February 1999 | by RobertCSee all my reviews

Technically: a peculiar cross between "A Funny thing happened on the Way to the Forum" & "It's That Man Again", "Up, Pompeii" is a music hall-styled satire built around the character Lurkio (Frankie Howerd). From the opening prologue - a story from classical mythology which hardly ever gets started, much less completed - to the final "Salute!", FH is hardly ever off-camera, acting, overacting &/or commenting on the plot, script, camerawork or sets... hardly anyone gets much of a lookin.

About 90% of the jokes are ancient enough to have first been told in Pompeii (the rest are somewhat older); but are played with the carefully-scripted/apparently-improvised style which was FH's trademark. Warning: if the series didn't treat its menfolk even worse, one could easily describe it as misogynistic (it probably is anyway).

If Howerd's peculiar genius (a word often overused; but probably useful in this case) doesn't appeal, avoid like the plague... otherwise: catch it whenever you can....


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1 September 1969 (UK) See more »

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На Помпеи! See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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