Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: WitzEnd Productions

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1979
Stars
Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Geoffrey Bayldon, Daniel Peacock, Barrie Rutter and more
Writers
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Director
Dick Clement
Producers
Ian La Frenais and Allan McKeown
Companies

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?

Additional details

Tagline
Fletcher's inside story - even funnier as a film.
UK certificate
A
Duration
94 minutes
UK release
August 1979
Distributors

ITC Entertainment

Also known as
  • Doing Time (US title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour
Soundtrack
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".

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Saturday 1st January 2022 at 6:00pm on BBC2
  • Thursday 2nd September 2021 at 11:10pm on BBC4
  • Saturday 28th August 2021 at 5:30pm on BBC2

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