Plebs dropped its first episode on March 25th, 2013. It soon became very popular as more and more people tuned in to watch the British comedy series produced by Tom Basden, Caroline Leddy, and Teddy Leifer. The show has been nominated for and won several awards throughout its run, including The Royal Television Society Award for Best Scripted Comedy in 2014 and the British Comedy Award for Best New Comedy Programme in 2013. Plebs is known for its humor and comical use of anachronistically modern parlance and has a knack for making its viewers tear up with laughter. However, fans of the show often wonder Where is Plebs filmed?
The show is no different from others in the same genre, and it makes its viewers laugh till their stomachs hurt just like the others. It uses concepts in a historical setting and predominantly ska or rocksteady during all the opening and closing titles. The show stars Tom Rosenthal, Ryan Sampson, Joel Fry, and Jonathan Pointing, who play young residents of ancient Rome. The format of the show has been compared to The Inbetweeners, Up Pompeii, and Blackadder. The fifth and last season was commissioned with Rosenthal, Sampson, and Pointing all returning.
Plebs’ storyline revolves around Marcus, Stylax, and their slave Grumio, played by Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry, and Ryan Sampson, respectively. It follows the trio, who are new arrivals from the provinces, as they deal with daily life in ancient Rome. Marcus and Stylax work in the scriptorium of a grain company with their manager Flavia, the water carrier Aurelius and the communications officer Claudius, played by Doon Mackichan, Tom Basden, and Adrian Scarborough, respectively. They live next door to two Britons named Cynthia, who is an aspiring actress, and her slave Metella, played by Sophie Colquhoun and Lydia Rose Bewley, respectively. The group has to deal with their ever unscrupulous landlord, who is a constant thorn in their sides.
Cynthia and Metella leave the show after season 3 and are replaced by Delphine, a woman from Gaul, played by Bella Dayne, who begins a relationship with Marcus. Stylax is crushed to death in the fourth season and is replaced by a new character, Jason, played by Jonathan Pointing. Aurelius also gets a leading role in the fourth season. The four of them endeavor to run a bar in a renovated public toilet. The last season ended with Jason’s brother Darius getting married and Marcus desperately wanting to hire out the Crown and Toga for the occasion, while Grumio serves as wedding planner. The show was not renewed for a sixth season and instead will end with a feature-length special, in which the boys will go off to war after joining the army but will not return as conquering heroes or covering themselves in glory, which is not a surprise.
Where is Plebs filmed?
The show is filmed at Nu Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria. Some other shows and movies which were filmed here are 300: Rise of an Empire, The Expendables and The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Nu Boyana is one of the leading film production studios in Europe, which provides state-of-the-art facilities, the latest camera and lighting equipment, and highly experienced crews. The studio has been in the movie business for over 55 years and gives world-class level of production and post-production services. Filmmakers bring many of their ideas and projects to life in this studio, including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, and even special events.
The film production complex was opened in 1962 and was state-owned till 2005 when it was bought by one of the longest-running independent film companies in Hollywood named Nu image and Millennium films. The production complex has an approximate area of 75 acres and features 10 sound stages and various standing sets like New York, London, Middle Eastern street, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and a big ancient set, complete with a Roman Colosseum. The ancient set was the one used for the filming of the show, Plebs. Boyana film was the main location for film production during the communist regime when Bulgarian cinema was at its peak.