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** An Eighties sitcom, ''Series/TheBlackadder'', also ended with all the major cast being killed (by poison).

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** An Eighties sitcom, ''Series/TheBlackadder'', also ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' often ended its seasons with all much of the major cast being killed (by poison).wiped out one way or another.


* {{Catchphrase}}: Several, most enduringly "Titter ye not", as Lurcio would admonish the audience after another DoubleEntendre.

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Several, most enduringly "Titter ye not", as Lurcio would admonish the audience after another DoubleEntendre.



** An Eighties sitcom, [[Blackadder|The Blackadder]], also ended with all the major cast being killed (by poison).

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** An Eighties sitcom, [[Blackadder|The Blackadder]], ''Series/TheBlackadder'', also ended with all the major cast being killed (by poison).


* TheMovie: Which replaced nearly all of the cast, barring Frankie Howard, with different actors.

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* TheMovie: Which replaced nearly all of the cast, barring Frankie Howard, Howerd, with different actors.


** Though TheGoonShow also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this (They got better, thanks to NoContinuity).

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** Though TheGoonShow ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this (They got better, thanks to NoContinuity).

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**An Eighties sitcom, [[Blackadder|The Blackadder]], also ended with all the major cast being killed (by poison).


* ActingForTwo: One episode centres around an assassination attempt on Caesar - who coincidentally looks exactly like Lurcio, Naturally, Frankie Howerd does not miss a single opportunity to lampshade this and is constantly stepping out of character to comment on his own incredibly acting skills in playing two different characters.[[invoked]]

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* ActingForTwo: One episode centres around an assassination attempt on Caesar - who coincidentally looks exactly like Lurcio, Naturally, Frankie Howerd does not miss a single opportunity to lampshade this and is constantly stepping out of character to comment on his own incredibly incredible acting skills in playing two different characters.[[invoked]]


Based on ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', itself based on the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, which were in turn based on the Greek New Comedy of Menander.

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Based on ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', itself based on the Roman comedies of Plautus and Terence, which were in turn based on the Greek New Comedy of Menander.


* GalleySlave: In The Movie, Frankie has a HaveWeMet? moment with another slave. He doesn't recognize the other guy at first, and the other guy only realizes when he sees the back of his head. He sat behind him in the galley, so that's all he saw of him for all those years, but he would recognize the back of that bonce ''anywhere'' after that.


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* SlaveGalley: In The Movie, Frankie has a HaveWeMet moment with another slave. He doesn't recognize the other guy at first, and the other guy only realizes when he sees the back of his head. He sat behind him in the galley, so that's all he saw of him for all those years, but he would recognize it ''anywhere'' after that.


[[TheSeventies 1970s]] British {{sitcom}} ostensibly about the humorous misadventures of a Roman slave, Lurcio, before Vesuvius erupted. In reality, it was merely a vehicle for comedian and actor Frankie Howerd, who would frequently drop out of character to speak to the audience and complain about the quality of the scripts, plots, acting and even the audience themselves.

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[[TheSeventies 1970s]] British {{sitcom}} ostensibly about the humorous misadventures of a Roman slave, Lurcio, before Vesuvius erupted. In reality, it was merely a vehicle for comedian and actor Frankie Howerd, Creator/FrankieHowerd, who would frequently drop out of character to speak to the audience and complain about the quality of the scripts, plots, acting and even the audience themselves.


* GalleySlave: In The Movie, Frankie has a HaveWeMet? moment with another slave. He doesn't recognize the other guy at first, and the other guy only realizes when he sees the back of his head. He sat behind him in the galley, so that's all he saw of him for all those years, but he would recognize the back of that bonce ''anywhere'' after that.



* GalleySlave: In The Movie, Frankie has a HaveWeMet? moment with another slave. He doesn't recognize the other guy at first, and the other guy only realizes when he sees the back of his head. He sat behind him in the galley, so that's all he saw of him for all those years, but he would recognize the back of that bonce ''anywhere'' after that.


* KillEmAll: The Movie may well be the only seventies British comedy that ends by killing the entire cast. And in the manner that you'd expect as well, given the title.
** Though TheGoonShow also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this (They got better, thanks to NoContinuity).



* [[RocksFallEveryoneDies Rocks, Lava and Ash Fall, Everyone Dies]]: The Movie may well be the only seventies British comedy that ends by killing the entire cast. And in the manner that you'd expect as well, given the title.
** Though TheGoonShow also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this (They got better, thanks to NoContinuity).



The series got a film adaptation in 1971. The film was followed by two sequels, ''Up the Chastity Belt'' and ''Up the Front'', which also starred Howerd and relocated the setting to Medieval England and World War I France respectively.



* ActingForTwo: One episode centres around an assassination attempt on Caesar - who coincidentally looks exactly like Lurcio, Naturally, Frankie Howerd does not miss a single opportunity to lampshade this and is constantly stepping out of character to comment on his own incredibly acting skills in playing two different characters.

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* ActingForTwo: One episode centres around an assassination attempt on Caesar - who coincidentally looks exactly like Lurcio, Naturally, Frankie Howerd does not miss a single opportunity to lampshade this and is constantly stepping out of character to comment on his own incredibly acting skills in playing two different characters. [[invoked]]


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* IdenticalGrandson: At least two canonical examples -- Sir Lurkalot in ''Up the Chastity Belt'', and Mr. Lurk in ''Up the Front'' -- and an implied third, namely the museum curator in the present-day epilogue of the ''Up Pompeii'' film.

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** And "The Prologue" (which he never quite finishes, and sometimes barely starts).


** Though TheGoonShow also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this ([[IGotBetter They got better]], thanks to NoContinuity).

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** Though TheGoonShow also killed off its cast with the eruption of Pompeii in one episode, a couple decades before this ([[IGotBetter They (They got better]], better, thanks to NoContinuity).

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