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Porterhouse Blue 

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Mini-Series (1987)
Social satire on life on Cambridge College - from the headmaster to the students and even one memorable bedder...

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Complete series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Skullion 4 episodes, 1987
Ian Richardson ...  Sir Godber Evans 4 episodes, 1987
Paul Rogers ...  Dean 4 episodes, 1987
John Woodnutt ...  Senior Tutor 4 episodes, 1987
Harold Innocent ...  Bursar 4 episodes, 1987
Barbara Jefford ...  Lady Mary 4 episodes, 1987
Ian Wallace Ian Wallace ...  Praelector 4 episodes, 1987
Willoughby Goddard ...  Professor Siblington 4 episodes, 1987
Lockwood West Lockwood West ...  Chaplain 4 episodes, 1987
Bob Goody Bob Goody ...  Walter 4 episodes, 1987
Roy Evans Roy Evans ...  Arthur 4 episodes, 1987
John Sessions ...  Zipser 3 episodes, 1987
Charles Gray ...  Sir Cathcart D'Eath 3 episodes, 1987
Paula Jacobs Paula Jacobs ...  Mrs. Biggs 3 episodes, 1987
John Rogan John Rogan ...  Chef 3 episodes, 1987
Tim Preece Tim Preece ...  Dr. Messmer 3 episodes, 1987
Miles Richardson ...  Gimingham 3 episodes, 1987
Earl Rhodes ...  Foxton 3 episodes, 1987
Charles Millham Charles Millham ...  Hearty 3 episodes, 1987
Fred Lee Own Fred Lee Own ...  Japanese Guard 3 episodes, 1987
Derek Lyons ...  Student 3 episodes, 1987
Griff Rhys Jones ...  Cornelius Carrington 2 episodes, 1987


In late-'80s Britain, Porterhouse College Cambridge is an anachronism, its students uniformly male and (in the vast number of cases) privately educated. When the incumbent Master dies (from a stroke brought on by overeating) the government revenges itself on Porterhouse by appointing as his successor an old graduate, the politician Sir Godber Evans. One of the tiny minority of state-school students the college has had forced on it over the years, Evans returns to his alma mater determined to drag this bastion of privilege into the twentieth century. The elderly academic staff cease their bickering and close ranks against him, but the new Master finds his most implacable and unscrupulous opponent in Skullion, the college porter. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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3 June 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zafarrancho en Cambridge See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Some of the more irreverent scenes, such as the one where Skullion races around the college quad bursting the gas-filled condoms that Zipser has released, were filmed at a mansion near Peterborough because none of the Cambridge colleges would allow them to be filmed there due to allegations of tarnishing the reputation of the university. See more »


[Referring to the College Feast]
Sir Godber Evans: Don't you find this a little indulgent? Particularly in the present economic circumstances.
Dean: Oh, we never bother with "present economic circumstances".
Senior Tutor: We find that they tend to go away after fifty years or so.
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Well Written, Well Acted, Very Funny
17 October 2017 | by marian-hone1See all my reviews

I saw this on TV when it was first broadcast and loved how well written it was, how skillfully acted, entertaining and very funny. It's bawdy in parts. Writer Tom Sharpe's humour is earthy and can be savage in satirising characters, institutions and authorities. The best acting, in my opinion, is by David Jason as the Porter (so different from his character in "Only Fools and Horses") and John Sessions as the student Zipser.

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