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Porridge

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Sitcom
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Episode 2: The Cake

Summary

Prison-based comedy from veteran writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also penned Ronnie Barker's highly successful series of the same name aired in the mid-1970s. Kevin Bishop stars as Nigel ‘Fletch' Fletcher, grandson of original offender Norman Stanley, serving time for cybercrimes. In this instalment, prison bad boy Dougie Parfitt expects a favour, and the arrival of a new prison officer on the block spells double trouble for Fletch and his fellow inmates. With Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar and Harry Peacock.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The inmates of Wakeley Prison are enjoying a game of name the prison film (“I’ve got another one: Two-Way Stretch, Peter Sellers”). And it’s hard for fans of the 1970s version of Porridge not to play a game of their own: spot the familiar storyline. This episode of the new serving features smuggled drugs, confiscated confectionery and a timid officer being reassigned, all of which were plots in the Ronnie Barker era. But instead of “Genial” Harry Grout we now have Dougie Parfitt (Harry Peacock) bringing pressure to bear on Fletch via his giggling henchman Scudds (Ricky Grover).

But if these early episodes are playing it safe, Porridge slowly steals away from the giant shadow cast by its near-perfect predecessor. Many of the best moments are between Fletch (Kevin Bishop) and his seen-it-all cellmate Joe Lotterby (Dave Hill), a fractious rapport that assumes increasing importance as the series unfolds.

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Cast

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ShelJason Barnett
Nigel FletcherKevin Bishop
Officer MeekieMark Bonnar
Joe LotterbyDave Hill
AzizHarman Singh
ScuddsRicky Glover
UllettDaniel Feam
Dougie ParfittHarry Peacock
Officer GemmellMoyo Akande
SharonJan Anderson
LukeBen Clark
Judge (voice)Colin McFarlane

Crew

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DirectorDominic Brigstocke
Executive producerTarquin Gotch
Executive producerSteven Canny
ProducerRichard Webb
WriterDick Clement
WriterIan La Frenais

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  • Episode 2

    The Cake

    Summary

    Prison-based comedy from veteran writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also penned Ronnie Barker's highly successful series of the same name aired in the mid-1970s. Kevin Bishop stars as Nigel ‘Fletch' Fletcher, grandson of original offender Norman Stanley, serving time for cybercrimes. In this instalment, prison bad boy Dougie Parfitt expects a favour, and the arrival of a new prison officer on the block spells double trouble for Fletch and his fellow inmates. With Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar and Harry Peacock.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    The inmates of Wakeley Prison are enjoying a game of name the prison film (“I’ve got another one: Two-Way Stretch, Peter Sellers”). And it’s hard for fans of the 1970s version of Porridge not to play a game of their own: spot the familiar storyline. This episode of the new serving features smuggled drugs, confiscated confectionery and a timid officer being reassigned, all of which were plots in the Ronnie Barker era. But instead of “Genial” Harry Grout we now have Dougie Parfitt (Harry Peacock) bringing pressure to bear on Fletch via his giggling henchman Scudds (Ricky Grover).

    But if these early episodes are playing it safe, Porridge slowly steals away from the giant shadow cast by its near-perfect predecessor. Many of the best moments are between Fletch (Kevin Bishop) and his seen-it-all cellmate Joe Lotterby (Dave Hill), a fractious rapport that assumes increasing importance as the series unfolds.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    ShelJason Barnett
    Nigel FletcherKevin Bishop
    Officer MeekieMark Bonnar
    Joe LotterbyDave Hill
    AzizHarman Singh
    ScuddsRicky Glover
    UllettDaniel Feam
    Dougie ParfittHarry Peacock
    Officer GemmellMoyo Akande
    SharonJan Anderson
    LukeBen Clark
    Judge (voice)Colin McFarlane

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDominic Brigstocke
    Executive producerTarquin Gotch
    Executive producerSteven Canny
    ProducerRichard Webb
    WriterDick Clement
    WriterIan La Frenais

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