"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.
Tony Osoba was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has become a familiar face to TV audiences in a career ...
McClaren, who claims to have been adopted, is Black
and also Scottish
. This led to a string of racist
abuse when he first arrived at Slade prison. Fletch, in reference to his Scottish upbringing, frequently calls him "Jock." Upon arrival, he was an angry young man, and it was left up to Fletcher
to calm him down and to curb the abuse he received. A keen football player, he was soon turning out every Saturday afternoon for the inter-wing football matches. He supports Greenock Morton F.C.
Along with Godber
, McClaren is a regular conspirator with Fletch. He is the last of their circle to be released, and Fletcher is seen bidding him farewell in the first episode of Going Straight
According to a 2003 TV special, Life Beyond the Box
, approved by Dick Clement
and Ian La Frenais
but not written by them, thirty years later McClaren is a member of the Scottish Parliament
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