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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Up Pompeii (1971)
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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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UK

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English

Release Date:

1 September 1969 (UK) See more »

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На Помпеи! See more »

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(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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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 toupee. See more »

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Spoofed in Harry & Paul's Story of the 2s (2014) See more »

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All time classic
25 January 2007 | by sgodrichSee all my reviews

With the release of this series in its entirety on the Frankie Howerd DVD boxed set, I've had a chance to review these episodes. Surprisingly, they were as good as I remembered. They were shown during my mid-to-late teens (early 1990s) and I recall having a good giggle at the double entendres and Nausius' terrible odes.

The image quality was rather poor in some instances due to the archive nature of the episodes. This has been fixed in the DVD release with quite clear images and sound. If you're not offended by sexual innuendo, bad puns and corny jokes, I'd highly recommend this show. The last episode in the first season is hilarious ('The Love Potion'), especially the scene with the sorceress! Fans of Frankie Howerd would call this 'his series' as although he had many shows of his own, this is the one he is best remembered for.


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