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Porridge 

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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3   2   1  
1977   1976   1975   1974  
4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ronnie Barker ...  Norman Stanley Fletcher 20 episodes, 1974-1977
Brian Wilde ...  Mr. Barrowclough 19 episodes, 1974-1977
Fulton Mackay ...  Mr. Mackay 19 episodes, 1974-1977
Richard Beckinsale ...  Lennie Godber 17 episodes, 1974-1977
Sam Kelly ...  Warren 12 episodes, 1974-1977
Tony Osoba ...  McLaren 9 episodes, 1974-1977
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Storyline

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 strict 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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to Erwin James, an ex-prisoner who writes a bi-weekly column for The Guardian newspaper, Porridge was a favourite with British prisoners: "When I was inside, Porridge was a staple of our TV diet. In one high-security prison, a video orderly would be dispatched to tape the programme each week. If they missed it, they were in trouble. " See more »

Quotes

Warren: I've got this letter, like.
Fletch: From a woman, it looks like, and, judging by the handwriting and stationery, a woman of low standards.
Warren: That's right! It's from the wife!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

Connections

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Sheer genius
3 January 2002 | by EcnerwalSee all my reviews

This is easily the funniest comedy ever made.The characters are very strong - Mackay the harsh scottish guard with his neck 'twitch', Barrowclough the well-meaning and gullible guard, bumbling around pathetically, Godber the innocent and naive prisoner, and of course Norman Stanley Fletcher. Ronnie Barker's acting is superb - his expressions and timing are perfect.

The script by Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais is one of the wittiest and sharpest ever written. For example:

(A prison inspector has just entered Fletcher's cell, and Fletcher has just made spoken to him.) Inspector: He's very articulate Mackay: Yes, like a lorry


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bevarrva See more »

Filming Locations:

Ealing Studios London UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(19 episodes) | (1 episode) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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