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Porridge - The Christmas Specials [1975] [1976] [DVD]

Ronnie Barker , Brian Wilde    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Fulton Mackay, Richard Beckinsale, Sam Kelly
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PC3A8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,844 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The 1975 and 1976 Christmas specials of the sitcom starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, set in Slade prison. In the 1975 special, 'No Way Out', Harry Grout (Peter Vaughan) tries to enlist the help of Fletcher (Barker) in an escape attempt, while Mr Mackay (Fulton Mackay) has cancelled Christmas. In the 1976 special, 'The Desperate Hours', Fletcher and Godber are looking forward to sampling their illicit cell-brew liquor 'Chateau Slade', which they've been secretly brewing for months. Unfortunately, though, the spirit of Christmas seems to have passed Mr Mackay by, and when he discovers the moonshine brew, things get complicated...

Product Description

Porridge - The Christmas Specials [1975] [1976] [DVD]

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Porridge Christmas Specials 6 July 2010
Many comedies fall down on the Christmas special, when an extention to the normal running time highlights flaws in the scripts, or takes the characters out of their normal zone with disastrous results. This is not the case with this DVD. No Way Out has Fletcher trying to swing a stint in the prison hospital, but Harry Grout has friends on the outside who need a favour. The Desperate Hours has Fletcher and Godber looking forward to a Christmas drink. Things are bound to go wrong when Reg Unwin has visions of Christmas outside. Classic comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ho Ho Ho 31 Dec 2004
Superb value. Both Porridge Christmas Specials plus the episode of the BBC Britain's Best Sitcom on Porridge in full (about 1 hour). This is a must for fans of good old Fletch and co.
Worth the money for the Britain's Best Sitcom programme alone. It's great to see cast members reminisce and see them as they are now, for example Sam Kelly (Bunny Warren) and Tony Osoba (McClaren.) The programme is presented by Johnny Vaughan - please don't let that put you off!
As for episodes themselves - pure golden Porridge.
Mr Mackay orders you to by it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Genius 9 Mar 2005
I love Ronnie Barker, I think the man is a comedy genius. I will sit down and watch anything with him in it. I had all the Porridge DVDs and was very, very happy when this became available. Good to hear that the Two Ronnies will back on our screens this year too as it should gain a new audience of younger viewers like me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 14 Nov 2012
By Ian W
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Seen a clip on TV of the Porridge series and decided to buy the complete series as well as this DVD Christmas specials What a great DVD,brings back memories of when i was young Ronnie Barker at his best,Richard Beckinsdale oh so young, in fact the cast is all great ,Christmas sitting by the telly with my kids watching the christmas specials together good times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completists Will Need To Buy This 11 Jun 2011
This DVD contains two classic Christmas episodes, extended to 40 minutes each, so you aren't getting a full series.

However, if you are one to own the whole set, then you will not be disappointed with these.

One episode is the one where Fletch is trying to blag Christmas in the sick bay, and the other is the day Fletch and Godber get stuck in a hostage situation in the Governor's office.

Full of classic lines, wonderful expression, and more comedy on one DVD than most modern comedies manage in a whole series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 April 2014
By Cheryl
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Never ceases to please. Great comedy and acting from 2 wonderful talented men. A pure joy to watch over and over again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 10 Mar 2014
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great product would recommend, i was and am very pleased with my purchase and the arrival time.Good value for your money.And arrived well within stated timescale
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Classic Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale provide timeless laughs in this classic sitcom. Good for nostalgia lovers and those who just want a laugh
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars funny
good old fashioned humour.
no blood,violence or crime,although set in a prison.
just illustrates how times have changed brilliant comedy
Published 3 months ago by fleurplumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas classic
Absolutely love Porridge and the Christmas specials are up there with the best of them. Timeless comedy, still raises a laugh no matter how often you watch them!
Published 4 months ago by mrs kathryn mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Festive Porridge - the best of all Christmas TV comedies
From the golden age of British TV Christmas comedies (1970's), the best of all of them in my opinion was set in the unlikely comedy confines of a prison known as Slade. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter J. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars class
just the thing for those times when nothing is on tv at the time you want to watch , never get tired all the actors are great and the writhing is totally class
Published 7 months ago by littleguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
What can I say that most people don't already know. Classic, Barker at his best. A must for all fans.
Published 9 months ago by MeloMan
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Cheer
My son loved this in his Christmas Stocking.- he laughed from beginning to end.. Comes highly recommended for all ages
Published 10 months ago by Beulahman
5.0 out of 5 stars dvds
my husband loves these dvds very funny and bought back lots of good memories of when he used too watch tham years ok
Published 13 months ago by CAROLLEES
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
Brill! What more can you say! they are a great classic duo and up to the usual standards of comedy!
Published 13 months ago by A1Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great British Comedy.
It is great to see the old British comedies that do not use foul language or scenes of nudity or sexual references to get a laugh. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic quality comedy that stands up to being watched over & over again. Family viewing suitable for all age groups.
Published 15 months ago by poppy
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