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Porridge - The Complete Series Box Set (Series 1, 2, 3 and The Christmas Specials)

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  • Actors: Ronnie Barker
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 655 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WAPBS4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,855 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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By Mr. A. Whiteside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2010
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There is no doubt that 'Porridge' is a classic sit-com. The humour is timeless and the cast is perfect. At the head of it all is Ronnie Barker who is fantastic as Fletcher and it is, in my opinion, the best thing that he ever did. With marvellous support from Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde and countless others this consistantly funny series deserves the many plaudits it has received. There are several cameos that are memorable from the likes of David Jason, Peter Vaughan, Ronald Lacey and Ken Jones and each performance is spot on.

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.
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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.
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I always loved Porridge and watching it again after all these years I still laughed out loud and found it had lost none of its sparkle and dry wit. It proves you don't need an overload of swearing to have really good comedy. Even with all the channels available now I have plenty of time to watch Porridge when there is 'nothing on'.
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Porridge is timeless and although I would have seen most of them before, I can not believe how much I did not remember, what I saw this time but must have missed or ignored the first time around, and the laughter was infectious. Some of the family were crying it was so funny, ( Tears of Joy ).
I would imgaine that this will stand the test of time, and if I were able to be present in 100 years time, I can imagine people still finding the episodes funny.

A great buyPorridge - The Complete Series Box Set (Series 1, 2, 3 and The Christmas Specials) - Wish I had done it sooner.
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By S P Mead TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2016
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This is a brilliant show, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, as they serve time at her majesty's pleasure in Slade Prison. This box-set consists of all 3 seasons of the show plus the specials (which, for just £9, is a bargain!) It's one of the best comedy shows of the 1970's. What more can I possibly add to all the other reviews?

Fully recommend.
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The complete box set of all the great episodes and specials of Porridge.

From a dark dingy prison comes a show you can watch endlessly - and actually feel a warmth towards the main character - a common thief!

That takes good writing, but most importantly great actor's - enter Barker and Beckinsale - a perfect combination. They work so well off of each other, a great testimony to Ronnie as he had the same ifinitey with David Jason in Open all hours.

Life lessons with a smile - excellent.

Sit back - get comfortable and prepare to laugh (and at this price - you can laugh even louder!)
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This is simply television comedy at its best. Truly classic!
Yes, some of the jokes are rather well worn and the plots are obvious; but that's not the point! The writing, the delivery, the timing and the acting make it head and shoulders above pretty much all other TV comedies. I have just finished watching the first series and although I am more than familiar with each episode...it still makes me laugh!

Why can't they write stuff like this anymore?
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I found this box set well worth the money.And also one of the good things about it is,it is region 2 and 4.So living in Australia i was well pleased that i was able to watch it.Ronnie Barker was such a brilliant entertainer and so funny.I loved every minute of every episode.Ive also sent for the follow up,going straight.Im sure that will be as good.
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