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

Going Straight

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1978
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Freshly released from Slade Prison, Norman Stanley Fletcher struggles to adapt to the changes of late 1970s Britain whilst holding down his first job. Stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Patricia Brake and Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Episode menu

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


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 14th May 2011 11:30am Gold
Thursday 4th August 2011 5:20pm Gold
Saturday 1st October 2011 9:40am Gold
Wednesday 14th March 2012 10:40am Gold
Wednesday 14th March 2012 4:40pm Gold
Thursday 24th May 2012 2:25pm Gold
Friday 25th May 2012 12:20am Gold
Monday 30th July 2012 10:40am Gold
Monday 30th July 2012 7:45pm Gold
Friday 16th November 2012 12:20pm Gold
Friday 16th November 2012 6:20pm Gold
Thursday 7th February 2013 7:00am Gold
Thursday 7th February 2013 2:25pm Gold
Wednesday 18th June 2014 7:40am Gold
Wednesday 18th June 2014 4:20pm Gold
Tuesday 28th October 2014 11:50am Gold
Thursday 16th July 2015 2:20pm Gold
Thursday 31st December 2015 2:25am Gold
Saturday 2nd January 2016 7:30am Gold
Monday 18th January 2016 1:20pm Gold

Cast & crew

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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