Porridge - Series One  [DVD]
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All six episodes from the first series of the popular prison sitcom. In 'New Faces, Old Hands' Godber is facing his first spell inside and Fletcher decides to teach him the ropes. 'The Hustler' has Ives try to get involved in Fletcher's gambling exercise. 'A Night In' finds Godber worried about spending his first night in his cell. 'A Day Out' sees the boys excited about the chance of going outside on a work party. 'Ways and Means' has Fletcher try to wangle a nice easy job in the library. And 'Men Without Women' finds the inmates asking for advice from a most-unlikely agony aunt.
This collection presents the entire first series of the classic 1970s comedy Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale (Kate's father) as prison inmates. Lennie Godber (Beckinsale) is the new kid on the block, and, luckily, tough guy Norman Stanley "Fletch" Fletcher (Barker) is looking out for him. Episodes include: "New Faces, Old Hands," "The Hustler," "A Night In," "A Day Out," "Ways and Means," and "Men Without Women."
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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.
This DVD sadly excludes the pilot episode of porridge "Prisoner and Escort", to which some reference is made in the series.Read more ›
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!
As for the DVD, it's light on extras with just a brief interview with Barker and the show looks how you would expect a show from the era to look i.e no great but very watchable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have watched these programmes numerous times but they never get boring and are just as funny as the first time I watched. This is ageless comedy and a true classic..a must havePublished 4 months ago by Ms. E. J. Martin
What can you say about Porridge! The late great Ronnie Barker in a classic series that is still funny today.Published 4 months ago by C. Latheron
Obviously the best of the trio with them being new characters but surprisngly they kept up the standard all the way throughPublished 8 months ago by Dennis Grumpy Peters