Porridge 3 Seasons 1974

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Season 1
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1. New Faces, Old Hands TV-14

"Twenty-three and you want to go straight? What kind of talk is that? You've got your whole life in front of you!" It's Godber's first time in prison, and Fletch is going to teach him how to survive.

Starring:
Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde
Runtime:
29 minutes
Original air date:
September 5, 1974

New Faces, Old Hands

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Le Vieux on October 6, 2006
Format: DVD
All six episodes from Series One: New Faces, Old Hands; The Hustler; A Night In; A Day Out; Ways and Means; and Men Without Women.

Veteran Ronnie Barker plays Fletch who considers prison "just another bump in the road." He finds himself sharing a cell with first-time offender Godber, played by Richard Beckinsale of "Rising Damp" fame. Beckinsale filmed this series at the same time as "Rising Damp" and was forced to wear a wig for the early episodes of "Rising Damp" since his student character required long hair and his prison character required shorter hair (although his prison character's hair is nowhere near short).

Fletch's "wise guy with a heart" reminds me of Phil Silvers' Seargeant Bilko, always playing an angle, but a decent sort underneath. Beckinsale plays pretty much the same character he played in "Rising Damp" in different circumstances. Overall, worth a look if you're looking for a different kind of Britcom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By CJs Pirate on February 13, 2015
Format: DVD
For the people who cannot read that it says European, that means it plays only UK (PAL) or Standard European (SECAM). Television in North America us NTSC'

Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) and his hapless cellmate Lennie (Richard Beckinsdale) was doing time -Porridge- in Slade Prison. Fetch has a give test stretch to do.

The fun happens when the prisoners try to get over on Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay). Doing Porridge meant a lot of time in your hands and getting Mr. Mackay in an uproar passed the hours.

Ronnie Barker is tremendous as Fletcher. His good nature combined with his desire for some of the finer things available in prison, legal or not, made for great viewing. Porridge, for those with multisystem DVD players and televisions is well worth the price
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Finally available, this is the classic Brit-com made back to back with Rising Damp, the last of Richard Beckinsale, father of Kate. Very enjoyable. Why no comedies like this now?
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Another great comedy starring Ronnie Barker... the man is a legend and anything the two Ronnie's to Open all Hours and anything in between...
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