Porterhouse Blue (TV series)

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.

Porterhouse Blue
Cover of DVD
Written byMalcolm Bradbury
Tom Sharpe (novel)
Directed byRobert Knights
StarringDavid Jason
Ian Richardson
John Sessions
Charles Gray
Griff Rhys Jones
Paul Rogers
John Woodnutt
Paula Jacobs
Barbara Jefford
Ian Wallace
Opening themeDives in Omnia
Composer(s)Rick Lloyd
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes4
Producer(s)Brian Eastman
CinematographyDick Pope
Editor(s)Barry Peters
Running time200 minutes
Production company(s)Carnival Film and Television
Picture Partnership Productions
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format4:3
Audio formatMono
Original release3 June (1987-06-03) 
24 June 1987 (1987-06-24)

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).[1] 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.


  1. ASIN B000NVKZWO, Porterhouse Blue (2007-06-26)
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