Deluded Simon Porter, dreams of becoming a doctor – but he has to start from the bottom and be a porter. His plan is to work his way up to be the best porter the NHS has ever seen.
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.
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.
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.