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 3 - Going Sour

Rescuing a damsel in distress is just the thing to raise Fletcher's spirits. But when the damsel in question is a teenage runaway who can't stop herself stealing, Fletch's faith in human nature is likely to take a severe battering.

Further details

Fletch is feeling down, and after having his DIY skills and his sex drive called to question by Ingrid he seeks solace (well a cup of tea and a Kit-Kat) at the local café.

Whilst there he meets young runaway Penny; spotting someone in need, Fletch takes her home and tries to help. But when Penny runs off taking Ingrid's purse with her, Fletcher's faith in human nature is destroyed.

However, Penny's taken Fletch's advice and called home, where her step-dad decides to take her back to the Fletcher household to apologise.

With Ingrid's purse returned and the money reimbursed and Penny safe and sound, Fletcher's mood lifts. But is everything really as rosy as it seems?

Broadcast details

Friday 10th March 1978
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Norman Stanley Fletcher
Patricia Brake Ingrid Fletcher
Nicholas Lyndhurst Raymond Fletcher
Guest cast
Roberta Tovey Penny
Freddie Earlle Dante
Ron Pember Perce
Dave Hill Arthur Boyle
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Matt Boney Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Tony Macaulay Composer
Dick Clement Composer

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