Further Up Pompeii, 1975 and again in 1991

Further Up Pompeii was originally a one off Television Special made by the BBC and following on from the two highly successful TV series of the same name.

In 1991 another one off special of the same name was made, this time for ITV by London Weekend Television.

After a brief hiatus during the 1980’s, Frankie Howerd was enjoying a resurgence during the 1990’s.  The previous year he had been in the West End with a one-man show and his acclaimed address to the Oxford Union that was televised by LWT.

What better way to consolidate his renewed success than with a revival of his most famous character – Lucio.  Further Up Pompeii was a return to the the double entendres and risque gags of it’s predecessor, however as Frankie Howerd himself put it “It is not now B.C. — it is not now B.B.C!”, referring to the move to London Weekend Television.

Summary

BBC

Lurcio struggles to cope with one of the Mistress’s orgies, love potions, sleeping draughts, and more romantic woes from Nausius.

ITV
It is now “xx” years since we last saw Lurcio, it’s now AD (“Actors Desperate”) and our hero is now a free man with his own slaves, but don’t fear all the old attractions are still here including “The Prologue” and he has a new job running the Bacchus wine bar, that brings with it it’s own troubles.

Clips

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Cast

BBC

Frankie Howerd – Lurcio
Elizabeth Larner – Ammonia
Kerry Gardner – Nausius
Jeanne Mockford  – Senna the Soothsayer

Guest Cast

Anita Richardson – Roman Maiden
Mark Dignam – Ludicrus Sextus
John Cater – Pollux
Leon Greene  – Prodigius
Olwen Griffiths – Hernia
Jennifer Lonsdale – Erotica
Cyril Appleton – Claudius
Lindsay Duncan – Scrubba
Vaune Craig-Raymond – Roman Maiden

ITV

Frankie Howerd – Lurcio
Mark Dignam – Ludicrus
Elizabeth Larner – Ammonia
Kerry Gardner – Nausius
John Cate – Pollux
Jeanne Mockford – Senna
Leon Greene – Prodigus
Olwen Griffiths – Hernia
Jennifer Lonsdale – Erotica
Cyril Appleton – Claudius
Lindsay Duncan – Scrubba

Details
Channel: BBC1 & ITV
Written By:

BBC

Talbot Rothwell

ITV

Brian Leveson
Paul Minett
Talbot Rothwell  (creator)
Produced By:

BBC

David Croft
Robin Carr  (Executive Producer)
Paul Lewis  (Producer)
Original Transmission Date: 31st March 1975 (BBC),  14th December 1991 (ITV)

 

 

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