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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Series cast summary:
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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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Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais spoke to Jonathan Marshall, a former prisoner who had written a book "How to Survive in the Nick", and he advised them about prison slang, dress and routines. See more »

Quotes

Fletch: If you want the system to do something for us, give us more freedom, better grub, conjugal visits!
Mr Barrowclough: Conjugal visits?
Fletch: With our old lady, like, all above board, all ship-shape and Bristol Fashion.
Mr Barrowclough: I'm not aware of any prison that does that!
Fletch: Well, maybe not here, but certainly in Holland, and also in America, I believe, where they have a more enlightened penal system anyway. They have these special apartments, where the wife comes to stay and they can manifest their long-felt want for each other.
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The opening titles consist of outside shots of Slade prison and of several doors and gates being closed and locked. See more »

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A superb comedy
12 October 2003 | by (Willenhall) – See all my reviews



This is one of the very best comedies ever. The stars are Ronnie Barker and Fulton Mackay but there is a very strong supporting cast It is repeated all the time on UK Gold but I enjoy watching it still, even when you know the jokes are coming. My favourite....Mr Mckay " There are only 2 rules in this prison 1. Do not write on the walls 2. Obey all the rules.


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