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Roman Holidays

1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Hanna-Barbera, the cartoon factory behind The Flintstones and The Jetsons, only produced Roman Holidays from 1972 to 1973 (only 13 episodes were ever made), but the show developed a small following just the same.

The cartoon was basically ‘The Flintstones in ancient Rome’ and focused on construction worker Augustus “Gus” Holiday and his clan circa 63 AD.

During the day, Gus (voiced by Dave Willock) laboured for the Forum Construction Company where he was harried by his boss, Mr Tycoonius (Hal Smith), and at night he came home to his family and his pet lion, Brutus (Daws Butler).

His lovely and level-headed spouse Laurie (Shirley Mitchell) kept things on an even keel while teenage troublemaker Happius (Stanley Livingston) and child prodigy Precocia (Pamelyn Ferdin) threatened to break the Pax Familia.

Housed at the humble Venus de Milo Arms, the Holidays faced constant threats from their aptly named landlord Mr Evictus (voiced by Dom DeLuise, in his cartoon debut).