Christmas Special. Fletcher discovers that his fellow inmates are planning to escape.




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Fletcher and Godber are asked by Harry Grout to assist in a prison breakout for a fellow con. Fletcher's attempt to keep out of trouble by a stay in the prison hospital is thwarted by a knee x-ray which gives him the all-clear, and he and Godber join the other prisoners in carol-singing to disguise the sound of an escape tunnel being dug. Christmas is then cancelled by the officers after Barrowclough's bicycle is stolen and Mackay is mugged as part of the escape plan. The tunnel is abandoned but Fletcher saves the day with an alternative escape plan and ends up in hospital for Christmas after all, when he unwittingly falls into the tunnel. Written by don @ minifie-1

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24 December 1975 (UK)  »

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[Convict Fletcher tries to con his way into the prison infirmary, but the doctor prides himself on being so good that he does does not have any patients in the infirmary, least of all frauds whom he can spot at a distance]
Prison Doctor: Well, Fletcher, let me tell you something. Of all the penal institutions in the north of England, my infirmary has the lowest record of admissions, and Donaldson, who's serving a five year stretch for grand larceny and embezzlement, had a better chance of getting a Barclaycard...
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References Bicycle Thieves (1948) See more »


The First Noël
Sung by Christopher Biggins and the inmates
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No Way Out
28 May 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christmas in prison is not easy especially when a suspicious Mackay is wandering about. However the inmates get plenty of practice for Christmas carols. Then again the noise is meant to drown out the noise of an escape tunnel being dug underneath.

Fletcher wants his own means of escape, spend Christmas week in hospital with a dodgy knee but the prison doctor is having none of it. Then Harry Grout drops in for a favour which leads to a day out from the prison so Fletcher can retrieve a parcel for Grout.

However when Barrowclough's bike is stolen Mackay cancels all Christmas festivities, Fletcher has a plan to get a drop on him though.

A longer Yuletide episode but the laughs are consistent and a nice comedy pratfall by Barker at the end.

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