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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:
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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:
Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais spoke to Jonathan Marshall, a former prisoner who had written a book "How to Survive in the Nick", and he advised them about prison slang, dress and routines.See more »
Quotes:
[during a riot, the governor is taking some strong medication]
Mrs Heskith:You're only supposed to take two before retiring.
Governor Venables:If we don't put a stop to this riot soon, that could be tomorrow!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Forty Years of Fuck (2005) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What is snout?
Why do they say "naff off"?
Does Ronnie do the voice of the judge at the beginning?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Sublime, 1 March 2000
Author: Dodger-9 from York

Easily one of the best sitcoms of all time with Ronnie Barker never better as the inmate Norman Stanley Fletcher, cocky inmate of Slade prison.

Richard Beckinsale was also superb as the wet-behind-the-ears Birmingham cook and Fulton McKay priceless as draconian Scots warder MacKay.

Each script by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais was a gem and the series became a firm favourite with Sean Connery who re-used one of the gags in Never Say Never Again.

(007 has to give a urine sample and is stood across the room) Doctor: I'd like a sample.

Bond: From here?

Barker's version is arguably a lot funnier.

Good support came from David Jason, Peter Vaughan and Brian Wilde and the big screen version (released in the States as Doing Time) was also a hoot.

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US version - any good? trevorwomble
Do you think they would have made more Episodes if Richard Beckinsale... dan1213
Which 3 episodes is Godber not in? tonyhu
for fans: whats your favourite episode? harley-deery
'Documentary' follow up on the life of Fletcher tonycorsini
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