Porters (2017– )
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Episode #1.1 

It's Simon's first day as a hospital porter, but a misunderstanding with a dead Rabbi means he finishes his first shift having to impersonate a doctor.


Vadim Jean


Dan Sefton


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Episode credited cast:
Edward Easton Edward Easton ... Simon
Susan Wokoma ... Frankie
Claudia Jessie ... Lucy
Jo Joyner ... Dr. Kelly
Rutger Hauer ... Tillman
Mathew Horne ... Mark
Samantha Spiro ... Rebecca
Toby Williams ... Terry Grimm
Jo Enright Jo Enright ... Janice Grimm
Kelsey Grammer ... Mendel Dolem
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Ballantyne ... Patient


Naïve but well-meaning Simon Porter starts his first day as a hospital porter and is set up by stroppy colleague Frankie who charges him with delivering a dead rabbi to the mortuary. Trapped in a broken lift he gets a call from the deceased's daughter and tells her her father is still alive. When she comes to visit Simon apparently performs a miracle whilst fellow porter Tillman uses unorthodox methods with suicidal patient Mark. Written by don @ minifie-1

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20 September 2017 (UK) See more »

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Episode 1.1
27 September 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Writer Dan Sefton who wrote the medical drama Trust Me and created this sitcom Porters apparently still works as a doctor and used to be a hospital porter in his younger days so I certainly hope this was not inspired by real life events!

Somehow the satellite channel Dave has enticed Rutger Hauer to be one of the stars of this comedy and for the opening episode Kelsey Grammar pops up as a guest star.

Simon Porter (Edward Easton) is immediately out of his depth as new hospital porter, who thinks he can work his way up as a doctor without having the appropriate qualifications. He might be well meaning but he is a drip instantly besotted by a nurse.

He is cut out to be exploited by the medics and the other porters such as Frankie (Susan Wokoma) who sells dodgy Viagra pills on the side. Tillman (Rutger Hauer) is the veteran German eccentric with sage like pronouncements and a zest for life. In the opening episode we see Tillman dealing with a hypochondriac played by Mat Horne with weird suicidal tendencies which includes trying to stab himself with a plastic knife.

In the first episode Porter has to take a deceased rabbi to the mortuary and gets trapped in a broken lift, the body suddenly twitches and he tells the deceased's daughter that her father is still alive because he cannot bear to tell her the truth. When she visits he needs to make out that her father is still alive.

An absurd first episode which got better and funnier as it went along. It does work because of the ensemble cast and shows promise.

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