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ignore at your peril,
This review is from: Porridge - Series One  [DVD] (DVD)
As a child Porridge always signified the end of fun and bedtime. This was the show your parents wanted to watch and you hated because 'it was just people talking.'
Watching it now (I am 32) this is comedy of the highest calibre. From the wonderfully grumpy seasoned prisoner Fletch (Barker), ex army screw...sorry warden, Mr. McKay, the green, first timer Godber (Beckinsale) and the ever nervous and powerless Mr Barraclough (Wilde) the core of the show is timeless. It's all about men without women and biding your time. It is fully aware the warders are as much prisoners as the convicts ('who's been 'aving your old lady while you've been on nights then?) and for a 70s sitcom highlights some poignant issues.
As with all sitcoms of this era there are some minor racial jokes that are less than 'enlightened' but as they are from the mouths of such realistic characters it always feels the opinion is the characters and never the writers. The dialogue is fast and sharp and flows from the actors as if it was second nature. I have recommended this DVD to a lot of the young 'nerks' in the office and all have loved it. And rightly so, it's a joy.