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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 »

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Zafarrancho en Cambridge See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title song "Dives in Omnia" ("There's Money in Everything") was sung by a-cappella group "The Flying Pickets" whose version of the Yazoo song "Only You" had recently been in the charts. 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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Dives in Omnia (There's Money in Everything)
Composed by Rick Lloyd
Performed by The Flying Pickets
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A blot on the landscape
8 May 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Tom Sharpe's satirical novel has translated well on television thanks to Malcolm Bradbury's stinging adaptation tipped with acid laced hilarity.

Porterhouse College, one of the cash strapped schools at Cambridge University is steeped in tradition and archaic values which is due to be ripped apart by its new liberal Master Sir Godber Evans (Ian Richardson) spurred on by his activist wife. The college sells places, sells degrees and stuck in the middle ages where they feast on swans and ox in grand dinners. The new Master aims to put an end to all this, make the college a meritocracy and bring it to the 20th century to the horror of the fellow senior tutors of the college who want their ancien regime traditions to continue.

The biggest challenge Sir Godber faces is from Skullion (David Jason) the head porter of Porterhouse who knows all the secrets of the college, the past students and masters. A dim working class man who places great value in the tradition of the college that churns out proper gentlemen.

Porterhouse Blue is biting satire with slapstick and a punch in the gut ending if you are of a progressive type. It is silly, it is fun and wonderful entertainment.

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