Porridge: Season 1, Episode 2

The Hustler (12 Sep. 1974)

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Fletch is caught up in the inmates' mania for gambling and,working on the farm,has lots of eggs to use as stakes. After a falling out with fellow con Ives, Fletch plants the eggs on him for... See full summary »




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Episode cast overview:
Brian Wilde ...
Brian Glover ...
Ken Jones ...
Christopher Biggins ...
Ray Dunbobbin ...
Graham Ashley ...
John Quarmby ...
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Fletch is caught up in the inmates' mania for gambling and,working on the farm,has lots of eggs to use as stakes. After a falling out with fellow con Ives, Fletch plants the eggs on him for which Ives is punished and gets revenge by tipping MacKay off about an illegal Snakes and Ladders game taking place in the coal-hole. Cue coal being emptied onto the players. However Fletch has the last laugh when he is moved to a single cell ...having bet everybody else that he would be. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Evans: When I was doing bird in Shepton Mallet, we used to bet...
Norman Stanley Fletcher: Did you?
Evans: ...on the number of bricks in a cell.
Norman Stanley Fletcher: Oh, that was original. How did you get on?
Evans: All I know is, there was over 37.
Norman Stanley Fletcher: Roomy, wasn't it? Roomy, yeah.
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"I hear you've got a game going!"
2 July 2008 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

To keep their minds occupied behind bars, the inmates of H.M. Slade Prison have turned to gambling. They will bet on anything - two flies walking up a wall, guessing the number of bricks in a cell, two flies walking down a wall - and everything.

Fletcher's working with pigs means he has easy access to the hen house, meaning he can get his hands on lots of lovely eggs. Ideal gambling currency.

After Ives cheats on a bet, Fletcher gives him eggs which Mackay then finds. Frogmarched off to the Governor's office, Ives is determined to get his own back...

The second episode introduces Christopher Biggins as the camp 'Lukewarm' and Ken Jones as 'Orrible Ives'. Jones featured in a few '70's sitcoms, including 'Last Of The Baskets' which co-starred Patricia Hayes and Arthur Lowe, Vince Powell's 'The Wackers' and Eric Chappell's very funny ( and undeservedly forgotten ) 'The Squirrels'. The cowardly 'Ives' is massively unpopular with both warders and inmates, and here you can see why. On discovering where Fletcher's game ( snakes and ladders ) is to take place, he informs Mackay, who arranges a most suitable punishment. But all is not as it seems, as Fletcher manages to turn the situation to his advantage yet again.

The late Ray Dunbobbin is seen as 'Evans', whom Fletcher describes as 'that Welsh lunatic who eats electric light bulbs'. Like 'Heslop' he was not seen again after the first series. The actor also played 'Sid Skellhorn' in the first season of 'I Didn't Know You Cared' and 'Mr.Boswell' in 'The Liver Birds'.

Funniest moment - Fletcher, Lukewarm, Evans and Heslop emerging from a cellar covered in coal dust.

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