Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 05, 1974
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
30 min.
Country
UK
Network
BBC One TV Network
Genre

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Porridge (UK)

Norman Stanley Fletcher is a likeable but habitual criminal who treats imprisonment as an occupational hazard. Sent to prison for 5 years we see how he plays the prison system for his own ends. However his cellmate young Lennie Godber is naive and 'Fletch' teaches him how to survive in prison. A sit-com like no other.

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Last Episode

03x06 Final Stretch Aired: Mar. 25, 1977

With his parole meeting less than a week away, Godber has a fight with Jarvis, a football hooligan, which Fletch must try and prevent. Meanwhile, …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 3 seasons and 21 episodes air between 1974 and 1977.

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Series Fun Facts

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  • Ronnie Barker originally suggested Paul Henry for the role of Godber but was overruled by the producers, who preferred Richard Beckinsale.
  • The script allowed the prisoners to swear without offending viewers by using the word "naff" in place of ruder words ("Naff off!", "Darn your own naffing socks", "Doing next to naff all"),…
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    The script allowed the prisoners to swear without offending viewers by using the word "naff" in place of ruder words ("Naff off!", "Darn your own naffing socks", "Doing next to naff all"), thereby popularizing a word that had been recorded at least as early as 1966. Ronnie Barker did not claim to have invented it, and in a television interview in 2003 it was explained to him on camera what the word meant, as he hadn't a clue.
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  • Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais spoke to Jonathan Marshall, a former prisoner who had written a book "How to Survive in the Nick", and he advised them about prison slang, dress and…
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    Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais spoke to Jonathan Marshall, a former prisoner who had written a book "How to Survive in the Nick", and he advised them about prison slang, dress and routines.
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