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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 »
User Reviews:
One of the best sit-coms ever See more (17 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 22)

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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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 | USA:TV-14

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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, so the BBC improvised. They used the main gatehouse of former St Albans Prison at Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire as the main gate of "Slade Prison". The Gatehouse is now St Albans Register Office. 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:
Barrowclough:I'm Scots on my mother's side, well, a bit of everything really. Scots, Irish, Polish...
Fletch:Got about a bit, your mother.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Great TV Mistakes (2010) (TV)See more »

FAQ

Why do they say "naff off"?
What is snout?
Does Ronnie do the voice of the judge at the beginning?
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of the best sit-coms ever, 9 December 2002
Author: Steve from London, England

This show is without a doubt one of the funniest comedies ever made and it easily passes the test of time because the jokes do not date. The funniest line has to be this sequence between McKay (the head guard) and Fletcher. McKay: "Just don't let me catch you cheating" Fletcher: "I won't" McKay: "You won't what?" Fletcher: "I won't let you catch me!"

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