Chelmsford 123 – tape 842

Some episodes from the ancient Roman sitcom from the Who Dares Wins team. I’m fairly sure this isn’t the first one, as that one started with dialogue in Latin.

Jimmy Mulville plays Aulus, the Roman leader, and Rory McGrath plays Badvoc, the British leader.

In fact, going by the appearance of John Woodvine as a psychiatrist, this is the first episode of season two, Heads You Lose.

Also appearing, Chris Langham

Neil Pearson is Mungo

And the always wonderful Geoffrey McGivern is Wolfbane

It ends on a nice joke. “In next week’s episode the part of Badvoc will be played by Bonnie Langford.”

The next episode is Get Well Soon as there’s a heatwave and drought, and the search for a new source of water leads Badvoc to Aulus’ living room.

I didn’t mention Philip Pope as Grasientus in the last episode.

The next episode, Bird Trouble, opens with the gods on Olympus. That’s Clive Mantle there, as Vulcan, and John Savident as Jupiter.

Badvoc persuades Aulus to let him pose as the governor, because his wife is coming.

His wife is played by Sian Webber

Aulus is pretending he’s mad.

The next episode is Odi et Amo guest starring Warren Clarke.

The next episode starts in a modern history lesson, with Paul Clarkson as the teacher.

Geoffrey Whitehead plays Viatorus

There’s an appearance by Andy Hamilton as a judge in the chieftan of the year contest.

At the end there’s even a callback joke to the teacher from the opening of the show.

The next episode is Mine’s a Double in which we learn that Badvoc has a twin brother, and that his real name is Rosemary.

And in a massive coincidence, Aulus too has an identical twin brother.

I do like the way the Blag (Howard Lew Lewis) keeps making references to the modern world. “If you saw it on Television you’d never believe it.”

And Grasientus, wouldn’t you know it, also has a twin.

After this episode, recording continues with a bit of an episode of Secret Cabaret. I’m not quite sure why I didn’t record more of this, given how much I like magic. I wonder if Simon Drake annoyed me.

But here’s Ricky Jay with a typically astonishing display of card magic.

Watt The Man talks about temporal regression.

Normando Rojas does shadow puppets

Tony Andruzzi does a poorly filmed trick with a ruby. Too much cutting obscures it – or maybe the trick was rubbish and the editing covers that up.

The tape ends just after this.


  • Phileas Fogg
  • TV Licensing
  • Holiday Points
  • First Direct
  • Horlicks
  • Boat Show 90
  • Woolwich
  • Clorets – Hale & Pace
  • Australia – Paul Hogan
  • Simple
  • Airplane
  • First Direct
  • Allied Dunbar
  • Gold Blend
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Evening Standard
  • Weekly Bus Pass
  • First Direct
  • Daz
  • trail: Cheers
  • Australia – Paul Hogan
  • Evening Standard
  • Bodyform
  • Guardian Royal Exchange
  • Pizza Hut
  • First Direct
  • Milka
  • Simple
  • Red Mountain
  • Bird’s Eye Alphabites
  • Sunday Times
  • Legal & General
  • Jif
  • Levi 501
  • Dutch Bacon
  • Lucozade – Daley Thompson
  • Guinness
  • Continental Airlines
  • Ariel
  • Nursing
  • Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • First Direct
  • Nescafe – Richard Briers and Penelope Wilton
  • Daily Star
  • Pedigree Chum
  • Fairy Liquid
  • BufPuf
  • Guinness
  • trail: The Crystal Maze
  • Lockets
  • Simple
  • Cadbury’s Creamy-White Buttons


  1. Secret Cabaret was very entertaining, though post-Gob in Arrested Development it probably looks pretty daft. That White Rabbit show on BBC2 was the best of the “magic is cool” TV shows of the 90s.

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