Pooter is a middle aged and middle class City of London clerk with ideas above his station. Apart from taking himself very seriously indeed, he is also an extreme example of self-importance, with the unhappy result that he is much snubbed by those he considers beneath him.
He has a wife called Carrie and a son called Lupin, the latter unsuitably engaged to the distressingly inferior Daisy Mutlar.
The Pooters live at The Laurels, Brickfield Terrace, Holloway, London, in a nice six-roomed residence, not counting basement, with a front breakfast-parlour, a little front garden, and a flight of ten steps up to the front door. A nice little back garden runs down to the railway, which causes no nuisance, other than the cracking up of the garden wall. The exact location of the real "Laurels" had always been a subject of speculation, but in 2008 journalist Harry Mount claimed to have found the original in Pemberton Gardens, a road that cuts from Upper Holloway Road to Junction Road in Archway.
The character has spawned the word Pooterism (Pooterish, Pooteresque), which means taking oneself far too seriously: believing that one's importance or influence is far greater than it really is.
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- Arthur Lowe: audio version
- Bryan Pringle: film by Ken Russell (1964)
- Terrence Hardiman: television adaptation (1979)
- Michael Williams: Garrick Theatre (1986); BBC Radio World Service version (1990)
- Hugh Bonneville: BBC Four version (2007)
- Johnny Vegas: BBC Radio 4 (2012)
- Finding Pooter's House The Spectator, 8 October 2008
- "Gowing produced a pint sample-bottle of Madeira, which had been given him, which he said would get rid of the blues. I dare say it would have done so if there had been more of it; but as Gowing helped himself to three glasses, it did not leave much for Carrie and me to get rid of the blues with." (Diary of a Nobody)
- Few knew I was in such a bad way - article by Allison Pearson in The Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2003
- It's uncut, leftwing and Pooterish - article by Mark Lawson in The Guardian, London, 23 April 2005
- Debt and inflation - article by Robert Peston on his BBC blog, 18 June 2008
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