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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 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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Norman Stanley Fletcher is sentenced to 5 years at her Majesty's pleasure at HM prison Slade in darkest Cumbria. His naive cell mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams and evil prison officer Mr.Mackay tries to run the prison his own way. And then there's Mr.Barroclough who is just too weak willed to have his good nature exploited.

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In David Jason's autobiography, he described Richard Beckinsale as "a handsome, friendly guy with something rather effortlessly glamorous about him. He could spin a story so well that you had no choice but to believe it." See more »

Quotes

[during a riot, the governor is taking some strong medication]
Mrs Heskith: You're only supposed to take two before retiring.
Governor Venables: If we don't put a stop to this riot soon, that could be tomorrow!
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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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Sheer genius
3 January 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is easily the funniest comedy ever made.The characters are very strong

  • Mackay the harsh scottish guard with his neck 'twitch', Barrowclough the


well-meaning and gullible guard, bumbling around pathetically, Godber the innocent and naive prisoner, and of course Norman Stanley Fletcher. Ronnie Barker's acting is superb - his expressions and timing are perfect.

The script by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais is one of the wittiest and sharpest ever written. For example:

(A prison inspector has just entered Fletcher's cell, and Fletcher has just made spoken to him.) Inspector: He's very articulate Mackay: Yes, like a lorry


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