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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
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.
Oh, we never bother with "present economic circumstances".
We find that they tend to go away after fifty years or so.
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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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