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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Bevarrva  »

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Godber's fiancée Denise was often referred to, but never appeared. However a photograph of Judy Loe, Richard Beckinsale's wife, hung by Godber's bunk. See more »

Quotes

Fletch: One can't help noticing a change in your old lady's attitude of late.
Barrowclough: How can you tell that?
Fletch: Oh, little things, like the certain smile that plays around your lips when you're telling us to slop out.
Barrowclough: What sort of smile?
Fletch: The smile of a man who's getting his oats!
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. 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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