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Doing Time (1979)

Porridge (original title)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Godwin ...
Daniel Peacock ...
Ken Jones ...
Philip Locke ...
Dines (as Gordon Kaye)


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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Release Date:

10 August 1979 (UK)  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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1.85 : 1
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The officers and prisoners played by Julian Holloway, Christopher Godwin, Barrie Rutter and Daniel Peacock were new characters created for the film. However regular character 'Lukewarm', played by Christopher Biggins, was missing. See more »


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 »


Mackay: [During the football game Godber jumps up to head the ball, instead he misses, falls backwards and bangs his head on the goalpost causing him to fall over]
[MacKay holds up one finger]
Mackay: How many fingers am I holding up?
Godber: You can't fool me sir, five.
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Referenced in Comedy Connections: Porridge (2003) See more »


Taking the Long Way Home
Written by Colin Stewart, Paul Stewart and Robert Freeman
Performed by Plain Sailing
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Priceless keep-sake of unforgettable TV series
21 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Porridge" the movie was made some time after the last episode had been completed-some time, in fact, after the sequel "Going Straight" had been shown. This does not deter at all from the fun, and as TV spin-offs go, this rates as one of the best; due almost entirely to the quality of the original characters from the timeless BBC comedy series. Ronnie Barker was never better than when he assumed the mantle of our anti-hero Norman Stanley Fletcher; aided in no small way by outstanding character support- the wonderful Fulton Mackay as his strutting nemesis Prison Officer Mackay, coupled with the genial Barroclough (Brian Wilde) and a menacing Peter Vaughan as Grouty. Add to this the poignancy of seeing Richard Beckinsale in his last film appearance before his tragically early death at 31 a few weeks after the film's completion and it becomes clear that the film, although no masterpiece in itself, should be treasured keenly by all who value British comedy at its best.

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