Porterhouse Blue. Skullion (David Jason). Copyright: Carnival Films.

Porterhouse Blue

Channel 4 comedy drama about a change-averse college. 4 episodes (1 series) in 1987. Stars David Jason, Ian Richardson, John Sessions, Paul Rogers and others.

Porterhouse Blue. Image shows from L to R: Sir Godber Evans (Ian Richardson), Skullion (David Jason). Copyright: Picture Partnership Productions.

Porterhouse Blue

Comedy set in a crusty Cambridge college challenged by change

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1987
Channel
Channel 4
Episodes
4   (1 series)
Creator
Tom Sharpe
Starring
David Jason, Ian Richardson, John Sessions, Paul Rogers, John Woodnutt, Harold Innocent, Paula Jacobs, Barbara Jefford and others
Writers
Tom Sharpe and Malcolm Bradbury
Director
Robert Knights
Producer
Brian Eastman

Welcome to fictional Cambridge college Porterhouse, noted for its rowing, its ancient traditions, its feasting, its crusty fellows and for the dismal academic standards of its students.

Porterhouse is the domain of its irascible head porter, Skullion. Like generations of Skullions before him, he has spent 45 years in proprietorial subservience to Fellows and students alike.

But this established order is shaken to its roots when a new Master takes control and attempts to instigate the most radical changes: contraceptive dispensers, women students, a canteen.

Skullion and the Fellows, led by the Dean, are determined that things must not change. But events take a number of unexpected turns...

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