Quote: The Rook @ 13th September 2008, 2:39 AM BST
Yes that was a good episode but I don't think it matches the first 'Going Home'. How perfect was it when Mackay walked into the same train carriage as Fletch? The difficulty I expect they had when writing the show was how do you replace Mackay's authoratative role. I think that's what partly made Porridge so successful; the battle of wits between one man against the 'system'. In 'Going Straight' it was Ingrid that was taking over that role giving Fletch pressure to go straight and not back to skullduggery.
I've watched Episodes 1-3 and yes, it's an interesting conclusion to Porridge, but it's not in the same league.
Quote: TopBanana @ 12th April 2011, 12:06 PM BST
Going Straight could have been more memorable if they'd incorporated a few more of the 'inmates' on the outside. But, the biggest trick they missed was not having Fulton MacKay appear as a regular character. He could have built up a good relationship with Fletch- openly being suspicious of each other, but genuinely respecting each other.
Absolutely. It's a shame that Mr McKay didn't gain employment in the Probation Service?
Quote: Badge @ 11th April 2011, 12:33 AM BST
I can't remember it all that well but maybe - unlike Porridge - it appears a bit dated? Porridge had the advantage of being set in its own little timeless world, but Going Straight is set in the real world of the 70s.
That's spot on.