Series 5 of Plebs is currently airing on ITV2 – from spoilers to the cast, here’s all you need to know.
First airing in 2013, Plebs follows the young residents of ancient Rome and has proved a huge hit with viewers.
Series 5 will feature eight new episodes and plenty of all star cameos.
Plebs 2019 cast
Series 5 will welcome the return lead characters Marcus (Tom Rosenthal), his feckless slave Grumio (Ryan Sampson) and their chirpy chum Jason (Jon Pointing), as they continue their Roman adventures in the BAFTA-nominated sitcom.
The episodes will see the gang gate-crashing a banquet, pursuing an illegal archaeological dig, embarking on a wine-buying trip to Tuscany and befriending a firm of chariot hooligans.
Furthering the show’s reputation for stellar cameo cast, this series sees the three landlords of the Crown & Toga encounter new characters played by Amanda Holden & Tracy Ann Oberman (a pair of high-society aristocrats), Tony Robinson (an archaeologist!), John Thomson (a school PE teacher), Kevin Bishop (Jason’s brother), Leo Gregory (chariot hooligan) and Christopher Biggins (escort agent).
Other cast include David Calder (Senator Varus), Willian Andrews (Petronius), Jude Akuwudike (Agrippa) and Ava Talbot (Esther).
Plus, returning cast include Tom Basden (Aurelius), Karl Theobald (Landlord), Maureen Lipman (Landlady) and Ellie Taylor (Gloria).
Speaking about her time on the show, Amanda Holden said: “It’s very funny, really well written and there’s great chemistry between all the characters. Being a part of something like that, even in a small way, is such a dream job for me.”
Blackadder star Tony Robinson added: “[Being in Plebs] brings back memories of working with other actors like Rowan and Rik on comic timing, and when you’ve got those old costumes on you know there’s humour to be mined. Tom, Ryan and Jon give such good performances, they’re just good actors.”
Plebs series 5 start date
Plebs series two kicked off on Monday, September 30 at 10PM on ITV2.
New Episodes air weekly Monday nights at 10PM.
In tonight’s sixth episode, the boys begin an archaeological dig in their bar after Grumio unearths an old brooch whilst sitting on the loo.
They try to keep their activity a secret but others cotton on. And when a professor of archaeology goes missing, the boys, who paid him a recent visit, are brought in for questioning.
Sam Leifer, writer and director of Plebs, said of the upcoming series: “Last series ended with the boys’ wine-bar The Crown and Toga engulfed in flames. But like the Emperor Nero, they’ve given the place a minor refurb and cracked on, which is lucky really, cos we had a few more storylines set there.
“For series 5, we’ve finally hit the year 23BC which makes very little difference to our plebs. We’re delighted with how it’s turned out though and are excited for people to see the new episodes.”