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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Porridge but good nonetheless, 7 Aug 2011
This review is from: Going Straight - The Complete Series [DVD] [1978] (DVD)
Going Straight is the largely forgotten sequel to Porridge. Originally broadcast in 1978, the series sees the old convict Norman Stanley Fletcher trying to re-adjust to life outside after being released from Her Majesty's pleasure. However, his resolve to give up a life of crime and go on the straight and narrow for the first time in his life is tested by his family and an uncaring world. His wife runs off with the man from the cardboard box factory. His daughter Ingrid has gotten very friendly with Lenny Godber, Fletcher's old cell-mate from Slade prison. Meanwhile, his drippy teenage son Raymond is perpetually searching for his bicycle pump. Fletcher also has difficulty finding employment. In sum, the man who was a top-dog in prison is an also-ran outside. While the six episodes of Going Straight do not match the best of Porridge, I still found the series quite entertaining. The scripts are funny, full of wit, while Ronnie Barker puts in another brilliant performance, this time as a much put-upon Fletcher. Only one series of the show was made as Richard Beckinsale, the actor who played Godber, died soon after it aired. In conclusion, if you are interested in Porridge, Ronnie Barker or indeed like comedy at all, Going Straight is well worth a look. (There are no DVD extras.)
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