Norman "Fletch" Fletcher (played by Ronnie Barker) is a career criminal, and is now back doing time "at Her Majesty's pleasure" at Slade Prison. But, Fletch knows life in prison, and how to get things done. So, if he can just avoid the tough guard Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), and manipulate the soft-spoken Mr. Barrowclough (Brian Wilde), he might just do OK.
My family and I are all fans of British comedies, and I took a gamble and bought this one sight-unseen. Well, my gamble paid off! This show is very funny, and I must admit that I enjoyed seeing that champion actor Ronnie Barker again. There is some sexually frank conversation in this show, and in one episode Ronnie Barker is reading a magazine called, "T*tbits." (That's right, my daughter noticed and asked me about it!) But, other than that, this is a very good show, and I highly recommend it to you.
This tape contains three of the half-hour episodes:
A Day Out - Series 1, episode 4 (September 26, 1974) - Volunteering for a work detail, Fletch plans on getting more than fresh air and wholesome work. And, when Mr. Mackay leaves the prisoners in the less-than-capable hand of Mr. Barrowclough, it looks like Fletch may get his chance. [As an added bonus, this episode includes Phillip Jackson (Inspector Japp from the Poirot mysteries) playing the role of an imprisoned hippy!]
Ways and Means - Series 1, episode 5 (October 3, 1974) - Tired of hard work, Fletch schemes his way into a job in the prison library, and is not averse to helping out his friends.
Disturbing the Peace - Series 2, episode 3 (November 7, 1975) - With Makcay moving on, it looks like happy days are here again in Slade Prison, but when his replacement is even worse, it's up to Fletch to come up with a solution.