Chelmsford 123

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Chelmsford 123
Chelmsford 123 title.jpg
title screen
Genre Comedy
Created by Rory McGrath & Jimmy Mulville
Written by Rory McGrath & Jimmy Mulville
Starring Jimmy Mulville
Rory McGrath
Philip Pope
Neil Pearson
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 13
Production
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Hat Trick Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 4
Original run 9 March 1988 (1988-03-09) – 20 February 1990 (1990-02-20)

Chelmsford 123 is a British television situation comedy produced for Channel 4 by Hat Trick Productions. It ran for two series, of six and seven episodes, in 1988 and 1990.

The series was set in the British town of Chelmsford in the year AD 123, and concerned the power struggle between Roman governor Aulus Paulinus (Jimmy Mulville) and the British chieftain, Badvoc (Rory McGrath). Britain is a miserable place, cold and wet – just the place to exile Aulus for accidentally insulting the Emperor's horse, but also give him something useful to do. Aulus, probably a play on Aulus Platorius Nepos, the governor of Roman Britain between 122 and 125, was a rather delicate Roman, who was usually outwitted by the scheming Badvoc, who hadn't had a haircut for twenty-five years. Many of the other regular "Hat Trick" actors, previously seen in shows such as Who Dares Wins, also appeared.

Both series are now available on 4 on Demand[1] and SeeSaw.[2]

Series 1 and 2 was released on DVD by Acorn Media UK on 15 September 2011.

Principal cast[edit]

Also appearing in a number of episodes were :-

Episode list[edit]

Series 1: 1988[edit]

  • Arrivederci Roma—9 March 1988 (sections in Rome played entirely in Latin, until Aulus arrives in Britain)
  • What's Your Poison?—16 March 1988
  • The Girl of My Dreams—23 March 1988
  • One For The Road—30 March 1988
  • Vidi Vici Veni—6 April 1988
  • Peeled Grapes and Pedicures—13 April 1988

Series 2: 1990[edit]

  • Heads You Lose—9 January 1990
  • Get Well Soon—16 January 1990
  • Bird Trouble—23 January 1990
  • Odi, et Amo—30 January 1990
  • The Secret War—6 February 1990
  • Mine's a Double—13 February 1990
  • Something Beginning With 'E' —20 February 1990 (as with first episode, sections in Rome played entirely in Latin, until the Emperor arrives in Britain)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.channel4.com/programmes/chelmsford-123/4od
  2. ^ http://www.seesaw.com/TV/Comedy/s-10187-Chelmsford-123

External links[edit]