Porridge - The Christmas Specials 1975

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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...

Starring:
Richard Beckinsale, Ronnie Barker
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Richard Beckinsale, Ronnie Barker
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 4 October 2004
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzie Scribe on 6 July 2010
Format: DVD
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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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Grandpaw Broon on 31 Dec 2004
Format: DVD
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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "sutty251" on 9 Mar 2005
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian W on 14 Nov 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Jun 2011
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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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By Mel on 17 May 2014
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One of the best classic tv series of all time and many people hold fond memories of Porridge ! I cannot stop laughing at the episodes and is a huge enjoyment!
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By Cheryl on 11 April 2014
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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.
Brilliant!
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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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