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Porterhouse Blue – 1/4 – Ian Richardson,David Jason,Charles Gray,Barbara Jefford,John Sessions,Griff Rhys Jones

04/02/2020

Porterhouse Blue is a 1987 television series adapted by Malcolm Bradbury from the Tom Sharpe novel of the same name for Channel 4 in four episodes. It starred David Jason as Skullion, Ian Richardson as Sir Godber Evans, Barbara Jefford as his wife Lady Mary, Charles Gray as Sir Cathcart D’Eath, and John Sessions as Zipser. Also appearing were Griff Rhys Jones as Cornelius Carrington, Paula Jacobs as Mrs. Biggs, Bob Goody as Walter, Paul Rogers as the Dean, John Woodnutt as the Senior Tutor, Lockwood West as the Chaplain, Willoughby Goddard as Professor Siblington, Harold Innocent as the Bursar and Ian Wallace as the Praelector.

 

 

The title song “Dives in Omnia” (cod-Latin for “Excess in everything”) was sung by a cappella group The Flying Pickets. The series won an International Emmy and two BAFTA Awards (including Best Actor for David Jason). The television adaptation has been released on DVD and VHS.

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Sacrist’s Gate near Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, Knebworth House and Apethorpe Hall in Northamptonshire were used as locations in the series.

The show was repeated on the UK channel GOLD in August 2017 and again in September 2018.

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