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Comedy Classics: Porridge | Channel 5 (2022)
Comedy Classics: Porridge | Channel 5 | 2022
Made five decades ago, Porridge is still regularly repeated and remains as popular today as it was back in the 70s. It’s a testament to the superbly crafted characters, plots and zinging scripts of Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais and, of course, to the truly wonderful ensemble cast, led by the inimitable Ronnie Barker as old lag Fletch and ingenue cellmate Godber, played with wide-eyed innocence by the brilliant Richard Beckinsale. This 90-minute special examines how this peerless team made the unlikeliest of settings – a prison – into one of the most sublime comedy creations in TV history.