Career criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher is on a train with prison officers MacKay,a martinet,and the kindly Mr. Barraclough,on his way to serve a five year sentence at Slade prison. An opportunist, ...
Alan Joyce is a fat,greedy man whose wife devises a plan to keep him off food for a day. She goes out and takes not only all the food from the house but Alan's clothes. He rings the police but to no ...
Arkwright is a tight-fisted shop owner in Doncaster, who will stop at nothing to keep his profits high and his overheads low, even if this means harassing his nephew Granville. Arkwright's ... See full summary »
This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ... See full summary »
A gang of thieves plan to make their fortune by stealing a shipment of contraceptive pills from Finisham maternity hospital. They assume disguises and infiltrate the hospital, but ... See full summary »
Long running BBC comedy show consisting of sketches and humourous musical routines involving the large Ronnie Barker and the small Ronnie Corbett. Most sketches involved both men, but ... See full summary »
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Stan gets a little annoyed when his Mum and Sister keep buying expensive items on hire purchase, but the money he earns for overtime working as a bus driver means that he can afford it... ... See full summary »
Nigel Fletcher is a sharp-witted chancer with no respect for authority. Just like his grandad Norman. Now, nearly 40 years after Norman served time, Nigel is following in his grandad's footsteps. By heading straight into a prison cell.
Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street School in an attempt to hang on to their headmaster. He has applied for a new job, but the students like him and don't want to lose him. They concoct a ... See full summary »
Ronnie Barker gave the fans two of the most popular characters in British comedy: Fletcher the crafty but affable convict and Arkwright the stuttering tight-fisted shopkeeper. For the comedian to act in and write seven different episodes with seven different stories, it is a testament to Ronnie Barker's gifts as a comedian and writer that he was able to create all those characters. After viewing all the episodes, I would say that the pilot episodes of "Porridge" and "Open All Hours" are the funniest. Everything fell into place when the comedian first played those particular characters. However, I also enjoyed "Spanner's Eleven" where he was the coach of the worst football team, the laughs are pretty good and a regular series should have resulted. "One Man's Meat" is fairly good but I reckon a one off episode is enough. The homage to Laurel and Hardy was OK and Roy Castle and Ronnie Barker did a good job as the legendary comedy team. The material wasn't quite strong enough though. The other episodes I'm not too keen on. "Seven of One" is the ideal opportunity to see one of the funniest and most versatile British comedians at work. His comic timing and his acting are impeccable and natural.
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