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A triumph of comedy - great writing, great performances. Timeless.
on 15 December 2009
All wrapped up in one handy package this is all three of the BBC's celebrated comedy series plus the Christmas Specials, starring the wonderful Ronnie Barker in perhaps his greatest role as old lag Norman Stanley Fletcher, set in a remote Cumberland nick - "Slade Prison".
After "The Likely Lads" and before "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet" this was Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais writing at their absolute best with so many classic lines it's nigh on impossible to list them. I saw Sean Williamson reprise the role of Fletcher on a recent stage revival and they all came flooding back.
With a wonderful supporting cast - Richard Beckinsale as Godber, Sam Kelly as Warren, Peter Vaughan as Grouty and Fulton Mackay and Brian Wilde as the prison officers, not to mention guest performers like David Jason as Blanco, this was a consistently funny and enjoyable show - surprising given the subject matter of prison life. From the golden age of BBC TV comedy. Recommended.