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.
Series 2 has just been re-commissioned and is currently in production with Danny Mays, Marc Warren, Sophie McSheera and Bryony Hannah all joining the cast.
“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