A lovely profile in the Guardian this morning of Plebs, the very, very funny sitcom set in Ancient Rome, which for viewers in the UK, starts again on Monday:
As with those shows, you might even accidentally learn something about the time period as you watch: both Sam and Teddy Leifer hold classics degrees. “They absolutely refuse to make stuff up,” Sampson assures, describing an instance in which they got themselves into a panic because a courtroom scene had to be shot inside because of Bulgaria’s inclement weather when, in reality, trials would have always been held outdoors. Plebs takes historical accuracy surprisingly seriously; eminent historian Mary Beard is even on board as an adviser. “It’s trying to merge something quite intelligent and highbrow with something that’s obviously the lowest common denominator you can get,” says Rosenthal. Sampson is about to film a scene in a public latrine where “everyone’s pooing together, wiping their bums with sticks with sponges on the end”, a fact that received the Beard Stamp Of Authenticity.
Full story here.