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Doing Time (1979)
"Porridge" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  12 August 1979 (UK)
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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »

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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble. Written by measham

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Fletcher's inside story - even funnier as a film.

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The Slade inmate Lotterby is an homage to Sydney Lotterby, the BBC producer who oversaw Porridge (1974) and its' sequel Going Straight (1978) on television. See more »

Goofs

During the football game, all shots of the game itself are in heavy overcast weather. Shots of Fletcher, the Governor and the substitute bench, however, occur with a clear blue sky behind them and the sun in their eyes. See more »

Quotes

Mackay: Are you wearing make-up again, Whittaker?
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Spun-off from Porridge (1974) See more »

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Hallelujah Chorus
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from "The Messiah"
Music by George Frideric Handel
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Even funnier than the TV Series.
1 January 2003 | by (Bedfordshire , England) – See all my reviews

What is odd about this film is that i didnt know it existed.There are many spin off films made from British Comedy series's such as Steptoe and Son , On The Buses and Are You Being Served all of which are shown at christmas at far too shorter intervals and all are far inferior to the actual TV shows. Porridge is different. This has hardly ever been seen on TV and is very funny , even funnier than the TV series. Ronnie Barker has a fantastic knack of comedy timing. When he delivers the punch lines you cant help but smile or in the case of this film laugh out loud. The film is very true to the programme and has all the characters we have grown to love over the years.The story is nothing spectacular but it does not need to be because the interaction between wardens and lags is what makes the film. This is one of the best comedy series to film i have ever seen. 8 out of 10.


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