On the heels of announcing the pick-ups of US imports 666 Park Avenue, Animal Practice, Ben & Kate and Up All Night, Anjela Jain, ITV ‘s Controller of Digital Channels and Acquisitions announced that she had commisioned ITV2’s first ever original comedy series: Plebs.
Created by Sam Leifer and Tom Basden, Plebs has been descibed as “a thoroughly modern comedy in an ancient setting.” The comedy series is set in Ancient Rome and follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city. The comedy series stars Tom Rosenthal (Friday Night Dinner), Joel Fry (White Van Man) and Ryan Sampson (After You’ve Gone) as the three young men: Marcus, Stylax and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio. Doon Mackichan (Smack The Pony) also stars, as the boys’ ruthless boss, Flavia – an expert manipulator with a private life that’s the stuff of legend. Plebs is being produced by RISE Films and has been given a six episode order.
Speaking of Plebs, Anjela Jain, ITV’s Controller of Digital Channels and Acquisitions: said: “From the moment I read the script and met the writers Sam and Tom, I felt if they could pull off the pilot we could be on to something very special. The team have delivered the most wonderful, unique and funny pilot so it was a no-brainer to go to series. It has been a joy working with such a wealth of talent on and off screen and it will be a privilege to share this with the ITV2 audience.”