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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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[during a riot, the governor is taking some strong medication]
You're only supposed to take two before retiring.
If we don't put a stop to this riot soon, that could be tomorrow!
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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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