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Stodgy, lumpy, Porridge!
on 18 December 2009
The 'sit-com' 'Porridge' was, undoubtedly, one of the greatest sitcoms ever. Ronnie Barker was a genius nonpareil. 'Going Straight' attempts to continue the life of Barker's character 'Fletcher', an habitual inmate of Slade Prison, after his release.
As the title suggests, 'Fletcher' attempts to keep on the straight and narrow path of lawfulness and his efforts are chronicled in this 'sit-com'.
The writers had the excellent idea of having Fletcher's cell mate in Slade Prison, 'Lennie Godber', 'date' Fletcher's daughter. This brainstorm allowed the two ex-prisoners to continue their relationship. Godber is played by the admirable Richard Beckinsale and in different circumstances (as in 'Porridge')
the two provide an excellent and very humorous duo. Sadly, the premise of 'life back in the real world' doesn't give sufficient scope to the undoubted great talents of these two fine comedians.
'Going Straight' is truly funny - in places - but it hasn't the capability of being 'great'. Ronnie Barker fans, nevertheless, will thoroughly enjoy this 'sit-com'.