Porridge (1973–1977)
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The Desperate Hours 

Fletch and Godber go before the governor for brewing Christmas hooch but the governor has to excuse himself with the runs. His new 'trusty' redband Urwin then pulls a gun, taking ... See full summary »

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Norman Stanley Fletcher
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Mr. Barrowclough
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Mr. Mackay
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Lennie Godber
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Reg Urwin
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Warren
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McLaren
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Keegan
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Tulip
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Governor Venables
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Mrs. Jamieson
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Fletch and Godber go before the governor for brewing Christmas hooch but the governor has to excuse himself with the runs. His new 'trusty' redband Urwin then pulls a gun, taking Barraclough, Fletch, Godber and the governor's secretary Mrs. Jamieson - who, it is revealed, is having an affair with Barraclough - hostage, though the radio report claims that Fletch and Godber are part of the desperate trio wanting a helicopter to fly them to Mexico. After he has accidentally taken the knock-out drops Barraclough intended for Urwin, Fletch comes to and disarms his captor, talking him into giving himself up. Back in the cell Barraclough tells Fletch that the matter of the hooch will be dropped because of his heroism but Fletch now has something to hold over the screw - Mrs. Jamieson. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The Desperate Hours. 24th December 1976
28 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

Well a bit of a disappointment, not just as an Xmas Special, but even as a normal Porridge episode this doesn't cut the mustard. It begins with Xmas chatter and Fletch and Godber reveal that they have been brewing illegal hooch which is now ready to be sold for the yuletide season. Unfortunately they get caught and not only that, they become hostages in the governors office when trustee Reg Urwin decides he wants out and he has a gun. The comedy is in short supply, it's saved from being very poor by Barrowclough's bumbling appreciation of the situation, and of the sexual frivolity brought to the crisis by having the governor's secretary, Mrs. Jamieson, as one of the hostages. Average fare. 5/10


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