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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 »
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British Actor Sam Kelly Dies at 70
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Actor Sam Kelly Dies at 70
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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:
The BBC production team had planned to film Porridge in a real prison, however before filming began the Home Office refused. The BBC improvised. They used the Main Gate House, of former St Albans Prison, Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire as the main gate of "Slade Prison". Slade Prison's metal walkways and communal area were filmed in a large metal tank at Elstree Studios. The huge tank was previously used for underwater filming however the BBC converted it into the two floor 'prison' seen in the programme. External scenes at "Slade" (e.g. the rooftop strike, exercise ground) were filmed at various London psychiatric hospitals. Most other interior scenes (e.g. Fletcher's cell) were filmed at BBC Studios.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol (2005) (TV)See more »

FAQ

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Why do they say "naff off"?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Perfect, 30 September 2002
Author: Ian Jenkins (Bulldog7) from Witney, England

Very funny. I have been watching this since I was a child (early 90s reruns) and it makes me laugh every time. this has to be ronnie barkers best outing (which tells you something). richard beckinsale is great and went too soon. Wilde and Mackay are perfect in their roles and the 'backup cast' like McLaren and Ives really polish it off to leave it the perfect specimen of British comedy along with Only Fools and Horses and the Blackadder collection.

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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
Godber's gorgeous! catrionalowe84
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