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

Comedy Drama
Channel 4
4   (1 series)
Tom Sharpe
David Jason, Ian Richardson, John Sessions, Paul Rogers, John Woodnutt, Harold Innocent, Paula Jacobs, Barbara Jefford and others
Tom Sharpe and Malcolm Bradbury
Robert Knights
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...

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track


View recording details

See more by becoming a BCG donor or Pro subscriber
This content is exclusive to BCG Pro subscribers and BCG Supporters. Join them and get extra features including location and/or recording details.
Already a donor or subscriber? Sign in

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 3rd June 1987 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Last new broadcast
Wednesday 24th June 1987 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Length of episodes
1 hour
Last repeat
Thursday 27th September 2018 at 8:30am on Gold

Website links