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Porterhouse Blue (Channel 4 Comedy, David Jason)

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Porterhouse Blue Channel 4 Comedy, David Jason

In Channel 4 comedy drama Porterhouse Blue, when his job comes attack and Porterhouse College of Cambridge University is itself under threat of extinction, elderly head porter Skullion (David Jason) decides to take drastic action.

When the old Master of Porterhouse dies (the title comes from the fact that a Porterhouse Blue is a fatal stroke brought on by over indulgence) the new Master (the superb Ian Richardson) is determined to put his own mark on the college.

Meanwhile there is a subplot involving sex starved student Zipser (John Sessions) who develops an unhealthy obsession with the middle aged woman who cleans his rooms.

Porterhouse Blue was highly acclaimed by critics and viewers alike.

Cast: David Jason as Skullion; John Sessions as Zipser; Ian Richardson as Sir Godber Evans; Paul Rogers as Dean; Harold Innocent as Bursar; John Woodnutt as Senior Tutor; Barbara Jefford as Lady Mary; Willoughby Goddard as Professor Siblington; Ian Wallace as Praelector; Bob Goody as Walter; Lockwood West as Chaplain; Roy Evans as Arthur; Paula Jacobs as Mrs Biggs; John Rogan as Chef; Tim Preece as Doctor Messmer; Miles Richardson as Gimingham; Earl Rhodes as Foxton; Charles Millham as Hearty

Writer: Malcolm Bradbury / Novel: Tom Sharpe / Producer: Brian Eastman / Director: Robert Knights

UK / Channel 4 / 4×55 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 – 24 June 1987 Wednesdays 10.00pm