"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.
A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thesp Peter Vaughan's hefty frame ...
Grouty is feared by all the prisoners, even Fletcher
winces in terror whenever he is summoned to Grouty's cell. His schemes include running a drugs ring
, funded by the doctor's office
and rigging boxing matches
. If crossed, Grouty has little hesitation in setting one of his various heavies
on those who displease him.
Grouty also arranges things such as prison breaks
, as seen in the Christmas special "No Way Out," in which the major plot involves his trying to arrange a breakout plan, with much help from an unwilling Fletcher. Eventually, Fletcher reveals the tunnel
that was dug to Mr. Mackay but ends up landing himself in the prison infirmary
. After Mackay offers him a bottle of whisky
(possibly Laphroaig, but the label was unseen in accordance with BBC regulations) in exchange for information, Fletcher tells him that they disposed of the soil from the tunnel by burying it in a second one.
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