Tom Basden

Tom Basden

Date of birth: 30-11-1980
Tom Basden, a former vice-president of the Cambridge Footlights, is a member of the four-man sketch group Cowards who made his solo Edinburgh debut in 2007 with his musical comedy show Tom Basden Won't Say Anything, which won the if.comedy best newcomer award and was nominated for the following year's Chortle award for best show. He was also nominated for the Chortle best breakthrough award in 2008.

He has written and performed on several TV and radio comedy shows, including Jam & Jerusalem (BBC1), Hyperdrive (BBC2), The Milk Run (Radio 1) and the Cowards’ Radio 4 series.

Basden also performs in a two-man act called Freeze with fellow Cowards member Tim Key.

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Plebs to return for a fourth series

New series to shoot this summer

Plebs is returning for a fourth series.

Chortle understands that filming on the ancient Roman sitcom will resume in August, with eight more episodes ordered by ITV.

Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson are all expected to return as lead characters Marcus, Stylax and Grumio. Sam Leifer will again direct and co-write the series with Tom Basden.

The ITV2 comedy, which is shot in Bulgaria, began repeats on the main ITV channel in 2015. The last series typically attracted 600,000 viewers on overnight ratings for the first outing of each episode on ITV2.

Guest stars have included Doon Mackichan. Danny Dyer, Shaun Williamson, Simon Callow, Naz Osmanoglu and Rosenthal's father Jim.

Sampson will also be joining the cast of Horrible Histories for its forthcoming seventh series, alongside Lolly Adefope, Ellie White, Samson Kayo, Totally Tom's' Tom Palmer and James McNicholas of the sketch trio Beasts. Sanjeev Bhaskar is also returning to the children's comedy, as are Gemma Whelan, Jessica Ransom and Tom Stourton.

An ITV spokesman declined to comment on Plebs ahead of any official announcement.

- by Jay Richardson

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Published: 4 May 2017

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2006


Edinburgh Fringe 2007


Tom Basden Won't Say Anything

Edinburgh Fringe 2008

Cowards [2008]



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