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:
 Norman Stanley Fletcher (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Brian Wilde ...
 Mr. Barrowclough (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
 Mr. Mackay (19 episodes, 1974-1977)
 Lennie Godber (17 episodes, 1974-1977)
 Warren / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1977)
 McLaren (9 episodes, 1974-1977)


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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5 September 1974 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Bevarrva  »

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In stark contrast to his character in the series, Fulton Mackay (Warden Mackay) has a rose named after him. See more »


Fletch: Advice to the lovelorn, you want, is it, Warren? Compose an appropriate reply?
Warren: No, it's simpler than that, Fletch. I just want you to read it to me.
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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 »


Featured in Night of a Thousand Shows (2000) See more »

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A superb comedy
12 October 2003 | by (Willenhall) – See all my reviews

This is one of the very best comedies ever. The stars are Ronnie Barker and Fulton Mackay but there is a very strong supporting cast It is repeated all the time on UK Gold but I enjoy watching it still, even when you know the jokes are coming. My favourite....Mr Mckay " There are only 2 rules in this prison 1. Do not write on the walls 2. Obey all the rules.

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