The prison life of Fletcher, a criminal serving a five-year sentence, as he strives to bide his time, keep his record clean, and refuses to be ground down by the prison system.
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Series cast summary:
...  Norman Stanley Fletcher 20 episodes, 1974-1977
...  Mr. Barrowclough 19 episodes, 1974-1977
...  Mr. Mackay 19 episodes, 1974-1977
...  Lennie Godber 17 episodes, 1974-1977
...  Warren 12 episodes, 1974-1977
...  McLaren 9 episodes, 1974-1977
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Norman Stanley Fletcher is sentenced to 5 years at her Majesty's pleasure at HM prison Slade in darkest Cumbria. His naive cell mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams and evil prison officer Mr.Mackay tries to run the prison his own way. And then there's Mr.Barroclough who is just too weak willed to have his good nature exploited.

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Trivia

When describing Ronnie Barker's death in his autobiography, David Jason said "Goodnight from him", alluding to his signature line from The Two Ronnies (1971). See more »

Quotes

Fletch: I haven't been so put out since my son Raymond crept back into school one night and had a prior peek at the exam papers.
Godber: Did he?
Fletch: Yes he did! And he still didn't bleedin' pass!
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The opening titles consist of outside shots of Slade prison and of several doors and gates being closed and locked. See more »

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Perfect
30 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Very funny. I have been watching this since I was a child (early 90s reruns) and it makes me laugh every time. this has to be ronnie barkers best outing (which tells you something). richard beckinsale is great and went too soon. Wilde and Mackay are perfect in their roles and the 'backup cast' like McLaren and Ives really polish it off to leave it the perfect specimen of British comedy along with Only Fools and Horses and the Blackadder collection.


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