"Fletch", sentenced to a five year stretch at HM Prison Slade in darkest Cumbria, is determined to keep his head down, do his time and not let the bastards grind him down. But it's not so simple when you're an old lag. His native cell-mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams; evil Prison Officer Mackay can't be allowed to run things his own way and warden Barrowclough is just too weak-willed not to have his good-nature exploited.
Last Episode03x06 Final Stretch Aired: Mar. 25, 1977
Godber is due to appear before the parole board, but a fight with another inmate puts his parole in jeopardy. It's up to Fletcher to save the …
Series Fun Facts
- The producers and the writers were keen to make more episodes, but Ronnie Barker was wary of being "stuck with a character" and also wanted to move on to other projects.
- Richard Beckinsale's character, Lennie Godber was from Smethwick in the West Midlands. The High Street in Smethwick contains a funeral directors called Stephen Godber Funerals.
- Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and actor Ronnie Barker all came up with "Porridge" (British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK…
[show]Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and actor Ronnie Barker all came up with "Porridge" (British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK prisons) as the title, independently of each other.