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Porterhouse Blue 

Social satire on life on Cambridge College - from the headmaster to the students and even one memorable bedder...
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 Skullion 4 episodes, 1987
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 Lady Mary 4 episodes, 1987
Ian Wallace ...
 Praelector 4 episodes, 1987
Willoughby Goddard ...
 Professor Siblington 4 episodes, 1987
Lockwood West ...
 Chaplain 4 episodes, 1987
Bob Goody ...
Roy Evans ...
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 Sir Cathcart D'Eath 3 episodes, 1987
Paula Jacobs ...
 Mrs. Biggs 3 episodes, 1987
John Rogan ...
Tim Preece ...
 Dr. Messmer 3 episodes, 1987
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 Gimingham 3 episodes, 1987
Earl Rhodes ...
Charles Millham ...
Fred Lee Own ...
 Japanese Guard 3 episodes, 1987
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 Cornelius Carrington 2 episodes, 1987
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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)  »

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Zafarrancho en Cambridge  »

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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 »

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Dean: You know my view. If a little learning is a dangerous thing, just think what harm a lot of it can do.
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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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Well Written, Well Acted, Very Funny
17 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

I saw this on TV when it was first broadcast and loved how well written it was, how skillfully acted, entertaining and very funny. It's bawdy in parts. Writer Tom Sharpe's humour is earthy and can be savage in satirising characters, institutions and authorities. The best acting, in my opinion, is by David Jason as the Porter (so different from his character in "Only Fools and Horses") and John Sessions as the student Zipser.


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