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This review is from: Porridge - Series One  [DVD] (DVD)
Two things struck me about this old favourite. It's not quite as funny as I remember it, and it's actually more serious and poignant. It doesn't glamourise prison life. It is great fun, but you're never allowed to forget that these men have lost their right to freedom. This delicate balance means that the programme resonates in my mind for longer than the laughter. I'm always amazed when I watch Ronnie Barker in Porridge. I have to constantly remind myself that he is Ronnie Barker, the very same Ronnie Barker of The two Ronnies and Open all hours. Such is the mark of the actor. Not only a top, top comedian. The supporting cast is also top class.