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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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 »

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[Fletch's old nemesis, Napper Wainwright, has replaced Mackay]
Fletch: He's got stripes - we'll have to hope success has mellowed him.
Wainwright: [very rapidly and sharply, to another prisoner] Something to say to me, have you? Well my name's Wainwright; you will address me as Mr Wainwright or Sir!
Fletch: It has.
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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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Perfect!!
23 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a stellar sitcom par excellence!! The late Barker was never better and was more than ably supported by a brilliant cast of supporting actors. Worthy of special mention is the late, great Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay also sadly deceased. Clement and LeFrenais have rarely been bettered as writers and the quality never drops over 3 series. I don't know whether America ever saw this but it rates alongside the best of their best.I love American series like Frasier, Friends, King of Queens and Ellen but Porridge is the best to come out of Britain - only "Only Fools and Horses" comes close. How sad that so many of the wonderful cast are now no longer with us. Ronnie Barker was/is the best comic actor I have ever seen, with timing so immaculate that the jokes make me roar even when I know what's coming. That , dear readers, is real talent and great writing. USA viewers should beg, borrow or steal the DVDs for joyful consumption.


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