Porterhouse Blue (TV series)

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Porterhouse Blue
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Genre Miniseries
Written by Malcolm Bradbury
Tom Sharpe (novel)
Directed by Robert Knights
Starring David 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
Cinematography Dick Pope
Editor(s)Barry Peters
Running time200 minutes
Production company(s) Carnival Film and Television
Picture Partnership Productions
Original network Channel 4
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release3 June (1987-06-03) 
24 June 1987 (1987-06-24)

Porterhouse Blue is a 1987 television series adapted by Malcolm Bradbury from the 1974 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). [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 2017 as well as in 2018 and 2020.

Home media

The series was released onto Region 2 DVD in 2002 and rereleased in 2008. The series was released onto Region 1 DVD in 2007.

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