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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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1977   1976   1975   1974  
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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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Comedy | Crime

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Porridge began life as part of a one-off series called Seven Of One for the BBC. The series featured seven seperate 30 minute comedies, all starring Ronnie Barker, including an episode entitled Prisoner and Escort about the transfer of a prisoner, on New Year's Eve, from a London prison to the remote Slade prison in Cumberland and co starred Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde. The intention was to find potential sitcoms for Ronnie Barker to star in. Out of the seven ideas two were chosen to go to a full series:The aforementioned Prisoner and Escort, which became Porridge in 1974 and Open All Hours about the shopkeeper Arkwright which followed in 1976. See more »

Quotes

Barrowclough: I'm Scots on my mother's side, well, a bit of everything really. Scots, Irish, Polish...
Fletch: Got about a bit, your mother.
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The closing credits listed the actors' names but not the corresponding names of the characters that they played. See more »

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Porridge. Probably the greatest comedy series in Britains history.
14 October 2015 | by haroldcheeseSee all my reviews

The 1970's was a great time for British comedy. A lot of the most loved and popular stuff came out here like Steptoe and Son,Dads Army and Monty Pythons Flying Circus. However the one show that comes to mind the instant classic comedy is mentioned is Porridge.

Porridge is simply one of the most quotable and funny pieces of media I have ever watched. It is packed with wit and many jokes referring to 1970's pop culture (Even Kid shows like Magic Roundabout and politics get mentioned). It stands the test of time very well and has lovable characters like Warren and Mr Mackay. And watch out for the 1976 Christmas Special which is easily the best Christmas special I've ever seen.

Shows like Porridge demonstrate why British Humor was the best. I say was because British comedy has fallen hard since 1997 and rarely have there been anything good.

10/10. A masterpiece


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