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A feature film based on the British television series of the same name. Features Ronnie Barker and the regular cast in the classic prison comedy

Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Geoffrey Bayldon, Daniel Peacock, Barrie Rutter and others
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais and Allan McKeown

Harry Grout, Slade Prison's resident bigwig, is arranging for the escape of fellow prisoner, Oakes, under the guise of a celebrities vs convicts morale-boosting football match.

Fletcher and Godber, nearing the end of their respective sentences, are horrified to find themselves roped in on the scheme - try as they might, Grouty's just not a man you can say 'no' to.

As the villainous plot unfolds, the pair find themselves even deeper in it than they'd feared, and are soon outside the prison walls themselves. It may be something they've dreamed of for years, but so close to their release dates, the duo are far more concerned about suffering even longer sentences for escaping.

Splitting from Oakes's getaway, Fletch and Godber are in a race against time to get themselves back across country undetected, and back inside the prison walls without being caught. Whoever heard of convicts wanting to break into a prison?

Production Details

Fletcher's inside story - even funnier as a film.
UK certificate
94 minutes
Release date
August 1979
Production company
Songs featured include "Free Inside" sung by Joe Brown, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Harry Nilsson's "Without You".
Laugh track


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Broadcast details

Last repeat
Sunday 30th December 2018 at 5:30pm on BBC2

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