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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According to Erwin James, an ex-prisoner who writes a bi-weekly column for The Guardian newspaper, Porridge was a favourite with British prisoners: "When I was inside, Porridge was a staple of our TV diet. In one high-security prison, a video orderly would be dispatched to tape the programme each week. If they missed it, they were in trouble. " See more »

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Barrowclough: I'm Scots on my mother's side, well, a bit of everything really. Scots, Irish, Polish...
Fletch: Got about a bit, your mother.
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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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