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Going Straight

IFFY EEKING out of the last scraps of PORRIDGE whereby RONNIE BARKER struggles with Civvy Street calamities typified by shifty DHSS clerks and social workers. Much rolling of eyeballs and shuddering of shoulders. “Cor blimey, I got better grub than this on the inside!” RICHARD BECKINSALE called round to do the dishes and get off with Ron’s daughter. Son, meanwhile, was – as decreed by late 70s BBC sitcom lore – NICHOLAS LYNDHURST.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Really not very good. The first episode, where Fletch was seen leaving Slade Prison (and Tony ‘McLaren’ Osoba) before sharing a train journey with Mr Mackay, promised a lot, but once Fletcher was home and dry, so were the scripts.

  2. Applemask

    June 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Not great, but a staggeringly bad idea in the first place, and with that in mind, arguably better than it had any right to be.

  3. Glenn Aylett

    February 19, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Actually not bad, the first scene has Fletch getting his jacket caught in the prison gates when he’s released and then meeting up with Mr Mackay on a train, who has decided to retire and is like a changed man. Yet The Porridge film the following year was what we really wanted.

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