Going Straight. Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Going Straight

BBC One sitcom sequel to Porridge. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1978. Stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Patricia Brake and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Series 1, Episode 1 - Going Home

Norman Stanley Fletcher is out of prison and determined to go straight but no-one seems to believe him. Certainly not senior prison officer Mackay who he ends up sharing the train home with. And as normal for Fletch, temptation and trouble are never far away.

Further details

Fletcher's out and after a heartfelt goodbye to McLaren and a slight false start he's on the train and headed for his new life on the straight and narrow.

However, Fletch's first taste of freedom is marred by the appearance of his long-standing foe, Senior Prison Officer Mackay. But Mackay is not the only familiar face on the train home and the first temptation is not long behind the first beer!

Will Fletch resist the pull of his old life and do his old adversary a favour in the process?

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 24th February 1978
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Norman Stanley Fletcher
Guest cast
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Timothy Bateson Oaksie
Norman Jones Mr. Tanner
Michael Turner Mr. Scotcher
Milton Johns Mr. Kirby
Tony Osoba McLaren
Bunny May Steward
Paul McDowell Mr. Collinson
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Bill Wright Editor
John Turner Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Tony Macaulay Composer
Dick Clement Composer
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