Plebs to return for a fourth series | New series to shoot this summer

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

Published: 4 May 2017

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