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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Release Date:
5 September 1974 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(50 articles)
British Actor Sam Kelly Dies at 70
 (From Variety - TV News. 15 June 2014, 5:39 PM, PDT)

Sam Kelly obituary
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Actor Sam Kelly Dies at 70
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 15 June 2014, 6:55 AM, PDT)

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Genuine Classic British Sit-Com See more (14 total) »

Cast

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Ronnie Barker ... Norman Stanley Fletcher (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Brian Wilde ... Mr. Barrowclough (19 episodes, 1974-1977)

Fulton Mackay ... Mr. Mackay (19 episodes, 1974-1977)

Richard Beckinsale ... Lennie Godber (17 episodes, 1974-1977)

Sam Kelly ... Warren / ... (12 episodes, 1974-1977)

Tony Osoba ... McLaren (9 episodes, 1974-1977)
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Series Directed by
Sydney Lotterby (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
 
Series Writing credits
Dick Clement (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
Ian La Frenais (20 episodes, 1974-1977)

Series Produced by
Sydney Lotterby .... producer (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
 
Series Original Music by
Max Harris (20 episodes, 1974-1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
Ray Millichope (11 episodes, 1974-1975)
John Dunstan (6 episodes, 1977)
Howard Dell (3 episodes, 1977)
Geoffrey Botterill (2 episodes, 1974)
Geoff Higgs (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Production Design by
Tim Gleeson (13 episodes, 1974-1977)
Jon Pusey (5 episodes, 1975)
David Chandler (2 episodes, 1974)
Gerry Scott (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mary Husband (2 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ann Ailes-Stevenson .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1975)
Suzan Broad .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sylvia James .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1974)
 
Series Sound Department
Tony Philpot .... sound (13 episodes, 1974-1976)
John Holmes .... sound (6 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Smee .... lighting (11 episodes, 1974-1975)
Peter Wesson .... lighting (7 episodes, 1974-1977)
John McGlashan .... film cameraman (6 episodes, 1977)
Ken Willicombe .... film cameraman / camera operator (5 episodes, 1975)
Len Newson .... film cameraman / camera operator (4 episodes, 1974)
Keith Taylor .... film cameraman (2 episodes, 1974)
Brian Clemett .... lighting / lighting technician (2 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Husband .... costume (11 episodes, 1974-1977)
Betty Aldiss .... costume (6 episodes, 1975)
 
Series Editorial Department
Peter Bird .... videotape editor (1 episode, 1976)
Geoff Higgs .... video tape editor (1 episode, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
Mike Crisp .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ray Butt .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1974)
Robin Demetriou .... cast and crew chef (6 episodes, 1974)
Dave Perrottet .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1975)
Jonathan Marshall .... technical adviser / technical advisor (4 episodes, 1974)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (19 episodes) | 40 min (1 episode) | 45 min (1 episode)
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Certification:
Australia:PG (some episodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | New Zealand:M (seasons 1-3) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG

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Trivia:
In stark contrast to his character in the series, Fulton Mackay (Warden Mackay) has a rose named after him.See more »
Quotes:
Warren:I've got this letter, like.
Fletch:From a woman, it looks like, and, judging by the handwriting and stationery, a woman of low standards.
Warren:That's right! It's from the wife!
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Genuine Classic British Sit-Com, 12 March 2007
Author: BJJManchester from United Kingdom

One of the UK's greatest sitcom's,PORRIDGE has perpetually been repeated in innumerable re-runs on British TV since it's debut in the 1970's,and issued on Video and DVD to always eternal delight and acclaim,and deservedly so.The superb scripts by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais contained possibly the cleverest plots,funniest dialogue and most vivid characterisations ever witnessed in any sitcom arguably both in the UK and US.It is very doubtful whether or not any comedy series has possessed such an outstanding cast,even in relatively minor roles;Peter Vaughan both funny and menacing as Harry Grout;Sam Kelly as the illiterate Warren;Christopher Biggins as the gay Lukewarm;Tony Osoba as the Scottish black orphan McLaren;Ken Jones as the sneaky scouse thief Ives;David Jason as the elderly Blanco;Michael Barrington as the ineffectual governor Venables;Brian Wilde as the gentle-mannered prison warder Barrowclough;Fulton Mackay as his harder,but not totally unlikable superior Mackay,and the brilliant Richard Beckinsale (who died so tragically young) as the naive Brummie Godber.Above all these very distinguished princes was a peerlessly outstanding king:Ronnie Barker as Norman Stanley Fletcher.It is the ultimate tribute that Barker was always unselfish in letting other talented performers get laughs in PORRIDGE,but his unending brilliance in the lead role of 'Fletch' was vital to the series' enduring appeal,which is still evident to this day.The premise of the series (the day to day existence in a prison) was perhaps not natural-sounding comic material,and indeed the show had sometimes a serious and thoughtful side to it amongst the innumerable laughs,which it handled with equal skill and intelligence.

Thanks to the immense talents involved,PORRIDGE will always be one of Britains most fondly regarded sitcoms/TV programmes.Ronnie Barker apparently thought PORRIDGE the pinnacle of his dazzling comic career,and that is truly saying something.Shows like this,THE TWO RONNIES and OPEN ALL HOURS ensure he will never be forgotten.

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US version - any good? trevorwomble
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Which 3 episodes is Godber not in? tonyhu
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