"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.
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Fletch claims that criminal life to him is something of a career and has been in and out of prison all of his life. Throughout the series, he lists several prisons where he has served time, including Borstal, Shepton Mallet, Maidstone and Brixton. He was married to Isobel with three children: Ingrid (who was conceived in Highgate Cemetery on the tomb of Karl Marx), Marion and Raymond. In the episode "Ways and Means" he is given the back-story of having completed National service with the Royal Army Service Corps during the Malayan Emergency. When he is free, he lives in Muswell Hill.
He was sentenced to serve the particular stretch of 'porridge' detailed in the series after a failed attempt to steal an articulated lorry. It was only after climbing into the driving seat and starting the engine that Fletch realised he had no idea how to operate the vehicle. The subsequent crash sent him through the back of several gardens. He was arrested for robbery and dangerous driving, although "several other fences were taken into consideration". The conviction led to a sentence of five years in Slade prison.
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