Porridge (1974–1977)

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The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.

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Spoof documentary on the life of the main protagonist of the television prison comedy "Porridge", Mr. Norman Stanley Fletcher.

Director: Kim Flitcroft
Stars: Ronnie Barker, Patricia Brake, Bill Nighy
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 Norman Stanley Fletcher (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Brian Wilde ...
 Mr. Barrowclough (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 Mr. Mackay (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 Lennie Godber (17 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 Warren / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
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 McLaren (9 episodes, 1974-1977)
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Fletcher's doing five years for breaking and entering. He's quick witted and never short of a trick or two to make his life that little bit easier. Lennie Godber's his cellmate who Fletch often teases but also protects in a father-like way. The other two main characters are prison officers; MacKay's a militarily strict type, keen to adhere to the rules, while Mr Barrowclough is almost a complete opposite and easily manipulated by Fletcher. Written by Rob Hartill

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Trivia

Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and actor Ronnie Barker all came up with "Porridge" (British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK prisons) as the title, independently of each other. See more »

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Mackay: There are only two rules in this prison: 1 - do not write on the walls. 2 - You obey all the rules.
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

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30 September 2002 | by (Witney, England) – See all my reviews

Very funny. I have been watching this since I was a child (early 90s reruns) and it makes me laugh every time. this has to be ronnie barkers best outing (which tells you something). richard beckinsale is great and went too soon. Wilde and Mackay are perfect in their roles and the 'backup cast' like McLaren and Ives really polish it off to leave it the perfect specimen of British comedy along with Only Fools and Horses and the Blackadder collection.


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