||1973 - 1977 (BBC)
||21 (3 series)
||Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Sam Kelly
||Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
||British Broadcasting Corporation
Set in Slade Prison, "Porridge" documents the life
of Norman Stanley Fletcher, a habitual criminal. Fletcher is
a smart, witty, cunning and loveable character. He shares his
cell with Godber a first time inmate who he imparts his knowledge
upon. Slade is run by the strict Scottish 'screw' Mr Mackay
who has help from the gullible Mr Barrowclough (who Fletcher
"Porridge" was a brave move; setting
a sitcom inside a prison isn't where you would expect laughs,
however this programme has more than its fair share of that.
The excellent casting, acting and dialogue (especially Barker
who was on exceptional form) makes this one the BSG's favourite
sitcoms and one of the nations too (it was voted as one of the
top ten British sitcoms in a 2004 poll).
The only criminal thing about this programme was that too few episodes
||Going Straight (follow-up)
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