EXCLUSIVE: Get ready for more Roman comedy. My sources tell me that ITV2 has renewed their comedy series Plebs for a second season of 6 episodes. There is no word on just when the show’s second season would begin production, though I understand that the scripts will again be written by Tom Basden and Sam Leifer. Representatives of ITV did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
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 is produced by Rise Films and 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 Grumio, their lazy slave with an attitude problem. 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. The executive producers are Caroline Leddy and Sam Leifer.
The renewal comes after Plebs premiered as the highest rated original comedy launch for ITV2 since it launched back in 1998. The series premiere, which consisted of two back-to-back episodes, pulled in an average audience of 0.9 million viewers, a significant average on the slot-average of 0.5 million viewers. For the remaining four episodes, the series again consistently rated above the slot-average, making a commission for a second season a no-brainer.