ITV’s Plebs (pictured) stars Joel Fry, Tom Rosenthal and Ryan Sampson, as three desperate young men who are ‘young residents of ancient Rome.’
BBC Three’s Siblings, about a brother and sister who flat-share, stars Charlotte Ritchie and Tom Stourton. A second series was commissioned before the first series had finished airing.
9:30pm Thursday January 8 ABC2
A modern comedy in an ancient setting, PLEBS follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city – a city that happens to be Ancient Rome.
The show focuses on Marcus (Tom Rosenthal), Stylax (Joel Fry) and their lazy slave with an attitude problem, Grumio (Ryan Sampson). There’s also the boys’ ruthless boss, Flavia – an expert manipulator with a private life that’s the stuff of legend.
Unlikely to be immortalised in the annals or memorialised in a frieze, Marcus, Stylax and Grumio are essentially just a bunch of Plebs.
And whether they’re wearing togas, or skinny jeans, desperate young men in any period of history are essentially cut from the same cloth…
10pm Tuesday, 13 January ABC2
Follows the lives of a sister and brother, Hannah and Dan, who share a flat as they look to lead easy lives and end up causing utter chaos.
In the first episode, Dan is insanely bored. With no friends other than Hannah, he is left just moping about the flat, taking apart plug sockets and eating yoghurt in the bath for entertainment.
Not that Hannah cares – after all, she’s got a job. Hannah’s boss Andy is a functioning alcoholic – a fact that she regularly uses to her advantage. Her working day tends to start at 11am with a smoothie and she’s out of the office by 2pm.
When Andy is sacked and replaced with determined Annette, Hannah realises she’s going to have to find a way to keep the status quo or actually – god forbid – work like a normal person. In a moment of panic, she draws Dan into a web of lies that can only end badly.