I haven't read any Tom Sharpe for a few years now but my favourites were 'Indecent Exposure' and 'Riotous Assembly', both of which were set in South Africa and for which, I believe, he was deported (tho' he may have written the books after deportation). Both were banned at the time for slating apartheid and the Afrikaans Boers.
Tonyblack wrote:I think saw an adaptation of Porterhouse Blue as well, although I can't remember much about it.
There was an adaptation of Porterhouse Blue set in a stuffy, tradition bound English public school where the 'students' (think Bullingdon Club) and masters led a privileged lifestyle. "Porterhouse Blue"
was the name given to a stroke caused by overindulgence (on the menu at feasts was roast swan, for example). The plot is basically surrounding a government ministry appointing a 'common oik' as the new head-master (the old one dying after suffering a Porterhouse Blue) who has to save the college from bankruptcy (both financial and moral) by modernisation, allowing female students, passing exams rather than rely on the old school tie network, etc. This meets with considerable resistance from the other masters and staff who wish to maintain the quid pro quo.
David Jason plays the part of Scullion the Porter (the equivalent of a UU Bledlow) who wants everything to remain as its always been with the 'gentlemen' on top and everybody else beneath them (crab-bucket springs to mind). The adaptation also starred Charles Gray, John Sessions, Gryff Rhys Jones, and Ian Richardson.
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