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 4 - Going To Work

Fletcher's parole officer finds him a job at a hotel, but first night nerves lead to harsh words at home and the result is Fletch in the pub in his carpet slippers. It's down to Godber to make sure Fletch doesn't blow his new job before it's even begun.

Further details

It's time to visit the parole officer again, and work is very much top of her agenda. Fletcher isn't keen on the idea but she is insistent and he's soon being interviewed for a Night Security Officer (Porter) position at a small Kensington hotel.

He gets the job and reveals to Lennie and Ingrid that this is his first legitimate job ever. Tensions soon run high as Fletcher has second thoughts, Ingrid and Godber have a row, and both men end up in the pub.

Time is ticking on as Ingrid arrives at his new place of work to find no sign of Fletch. Can Godber get Fletcher to change his mind and take his next big step on the road to the straight and narrow?

Broadcast details

Friday 17th March 1978
30 minutes


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Saturday 2nd January 2016 3:05am Gold
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Cast & crew

Ronnie Barker Norman Stanley Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Lennie Godber
Patricia Brake Ingrid Fletcher
Guest cast
Rowena Cooper Shirley Chapman
David Swift Mr. McEwan
Elizabeth Cassidy Pamela
Stephen Tate Canadian Man
Eric Francis Alfie (Barman)
Vicky Spencer Canadian Lady
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Bill Wright Editor
Roger Harvey Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Tony Macaulay Composer
Dick Clement Composer

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