Our comedy series PORTERS aired on UKTV’s Dave during September and October 2017. Created and written by Dan Sefton, directed by Vadim Jean and starring Rutger Hauer, Edward Easton, Susan Wokoma, Claudia Jessie, Jo Joyner, Matthew Horne, Sanjeev Baskar, Tanya Franks, Neil Stuke, Samantha Spiro and Kelsey Grammer.
“The fact that Dutch actor Rutger Hauer plays one of the leads in this hospital comedy should have guaranteed that viewers would take a look at it, but the second episode more than justifies a return. Hauer clammily delivers lessons in eastern philosophy (culled unless our ear deceives us from a most unlikely source) as he practises his golf putt, surrounded by a young, energetic cast who do all the heavy lifting.” The Sunday Times
“Porters, a pitch-dark show featuring a group of hospital porters who vary between the unpleasant, the deluded and the psychopathic. Subjects for hilarity on Wednesday ranged from mental illness to a bloke smashing a dead rabbi on the head with a mobile phone. This is not, then, a programme for those who like their comedy lovable. On the other hand, the plotting is inventive (at times alarmingly so), there are plenty of good lines, and, as in Green Wing, the heartlessness somehow ends up being bracing rather than mean-spirited.” The Spectator
“Dave’s new three-part sitcom Porters is a fine addition to the pantheon of medical comedies, heightening the weirdness of that strange world…a nimble script and top-rate casting – Kelsey Grammar as a guest! – make it a delight on its own. Dan Sefton’s script is full of outlandish scenarios and daft lines that often surprise, packed in at a lively pace and creating a sense of fun often missing from modern comedies of cringe…the prognosis for Porters is definitely good.” Chortle
“After The Good Karma Hospital and Trust Me, writer/doctor Dan Sefton once again parlays his inside knowledge of the medical world into TV with this breathless new sitcom..making hay with the clichés of medical drama and the most of its extraordinary cast, Sefton has a keen grasp of the mechanics of farce – this is a confident opener.” Daily Telegraph
“..wonderfully irreverent.. Hauer’s presence in this show is a casting gift that keeps giving, and simply makes you wonder why it’s never been done before. That he has the ability to walk the line between a confused benevolence and low-key malevolence at the drop of a hat, is a joy. Porters holds together well all round. Easton throws himself at the task with gusto (and) Wokoma is seemingly effortless..and would make Porters more than worth watching even without the admirable parade of guests across the run of three episodes..At the end of the first 30 minutes, Tillman comes to the conclusion that the three porters will make a good team, and he may well be proven right.” Cultbox
The latest instalment of our Unmade Movies season for BBC Radio 4 is Hammer Horror’s THE UNQUENCHABLE THIRST OF DRACULA.
Directed by Mark Gatiss, narrated by Michael Sheen and starring Nikesh Patel, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Anna Madeley, Ayesha Dharker, Sagar IM Arya, Raj Ghatak, Natalie Kimmerling and Lewis Macleod. It follows the journey of a young British woman through India, as she struggles to find her lost sister.
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“This episode of the Unmade Movies series takes an un-produced Hammer Horror script from the seventies and recasts it as an atmospheric, entertaining…beguiling…multi-voice radio play.” Daily Telegraph
“Lewis Macleod channels Christopher Lee’s performance as Dracula in much the same way that Tim Treloar brings Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor to life in recent Big Finish audios – it’s not a slavish imitation, but it immediately creates a mental picture of Lee, and there are some moments after you’ve heard it where you’ll swear you saw Lee in full on vampiric mode. Anna Madeley’s Penny is not the slightly scatty character she appears to be at the start and the interaction between her and the rest of the cast, especially Kulvinder Ghir’s Babu, makes the more incredible moments in the story credible – even when facing Raj Ghatak’s malevolent Maharajah and Meera Syal’s gloriously evil Rani. The whole thing is bound together by Michael Sheen’s excellent narration, which seems to be become more subjective as the story progresses, and that coupled with Blair Mowat’s James Bernard-esque score (with suitable inclusion of local instrumentation in a way that doesn’t feel gratuitous colour) creates a chilling ambience throughout. Gatiss knows and loves his Hammer films, and he brings that knowledge and love to bear as director and co-writer. Anyone got another lost Hammer script he can bring to life? An unmissable treat for Hammer fans.” SciFiBulletin
Read an interview with Mark Gatiss on the project here