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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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1974 (UK) See more »

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Bevarrva See more »

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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Ronnie Barker originally suggested Paul Henry for the role of Godber but was overruled by the producers, who preferred Richard Beckinsale. See more »

Quotes

Fletch: Advice to the lovelorn, you want, is it, Warren? Compose an appropriate reply?
Warren: No, it's simpler than that, Fletch. I just want you to read it to me.
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Crazy Credits

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 Bulldog7See 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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