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Porridge - The Complete Series Box Set (Series 1, 2, 3 and The Christmas Specials)
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Porridge sees national treasure Ronnie Barker in arguably his most acclaimed role, career criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher of Muswell Hill in London.
We join Norman as he's serves his latest stretch, in HMS Prison Slade, for trying to steal an articulated Lorry.
Joining Norman and also doing "porridge" are a host of brilliantly cast and played inmates including cell mate Godber (Richard Beckinsale), disgraced dentist Harris (Ronald Lacey) & the senile Blanco Webb (David Jason) as they try and score daily "mini-victories" over the prison officers, in particular the head prison officer Mr MacKay (Fulton MacKay).
This collection contains every episode from this much loved and fondly remembered series.
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This box set consists all of the three series and the Christmas specials. There are a few extras dotted about including the pilot episode 'Prisoner and Escort', an interview with Ronnie Barker and a documentary relating to the survey to find Britain's Best Sit-Com. While the extras are a nice bonus it is 'Porridge' that is the main attraction and it is a true classic and fully deserving of five stars.
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.
Regards David Barton-Smith
The only thing missing from this collection- which I knew from the get go, was the Porridge Movie. That would have made a wonderful collection superb!
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