Episode three of ITV2’s ancient Roman take on ‘The Inbetweeners’, with Marcus (Tom Rosenthal) displaying all the mannerisms of Will McKenzie – but in a very tight tunic. For his birthday, slave and Shaun Ryder doppelganger Grumio is given an early Playboy prototype – a porn vase – thus opening the floodgates for much titillation. Stylax, meanwhile, has a dilemma – should he continue to sleep with his first cousin? His confession scores points with libertarian boss Flavia (Doon Mackichan), but his friends think not: ‘We’re ahead of our time!’ enthuses his pretty relation. ‘Or behind our time?’ he retorts.
'Plebs' is no history lesson: you’ll learn more about the Romans from watching ‘Life of Brian’. Yet it works, even with its ska soundtrack and modern lexicon, because human relationships are a constant. Those of a delicate ilk may recoil at some toilet humour but the poo jokes are, thankfully, not a mainstay. With a fluid, pithy script and some cheeky interplay between the ensemble, ITV2 has produced an ‘Up Pompeii!’ for Generation Y that would make Frankie Howerd titter.
The London base for contemporary, upmarket Shanghai restaurant Bright Courtyard, which can be found by a five-minute walk from the back of Selfridges or 10 minutes from the Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park. Food ranges from dim sum to traditional Shanghai dishes, such as spicy jellyfish and sugar-coated redside dace, to more modern Cantonese fare, including roasted pigeon (not from the streets of London thankfully) and tea-infused king prawns. Plenty of prosecco, Champagne and wine options are on hand, plus sake, beer and soft drinks.
Venue says: “We are offering 25% off our a la carte menu for summer from Aug 7, every Mon-Fri! Not available on bank holidays or with any other offer.”