Up Pompeii! was a British television comedy series of the 1970s, starring Frankie Howerd. The first series was written by Talbot Rothwell, of the Carry On films fame, and the second series by Rothwell and Sid Colin.
The annual ceremony of the Vestal Virgins is about to be held. The compere hasn't turned up, so Ludicrus has to 'do the homours', aided by Lurcio. Ludicrous is promoting a bill in the Senate to close down the local brothels. This brings him into conflict