Porridge Guest Book 2004 Archiveguest

Welcome to my 2004 archive guest book.  As this is a site that should be suitable for all ages I have decided to moderate this guest book.  Therefore there will be a delay of a day or two after your submission as I will read it before I decide to publish it.

Click here to add any comments you have about Porridge or this site.

Friday 31 December 2004 - 16:58:50

From: Lee

Rating of this site: Excellent

Watched the Porridge film on ch4 last night, for the 50th time or more!!  Just as good as the first time I saw it, great web site will vist again.

Thursday 30 December 2004 - 23:54:56

From: Matthew Williams

Rating of this site: Excellent

Porridge is a work of absolute genius.  Ronnie Barker and the unforgettable Richard Beckinsale were perfect as Fletcher and Godber.  This show will never be surpassed.  Pure and simply a masterpiece

Monday 27 December 2004 - 06:51:27

From: Clive

Rating of this site: Excellent

Best thing on the box.

Monday 27 December 2004 - 00:57:54

From: Terry Leach

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just watching Porridge on UK gold, What a great Christmas gift.  Your Site is great, thanks for all your hard work.

Sunday 26 December 2004 - 20:46:47

From: Ray

Rating of this site: Excellent

Porridge is the best British comedy ever

Thursday 23 December 2004 - 22:38:50

From: Lauren

Rating of this site: Excellent

I think porridge rox - my friends don't agree sometimes - but I always catch it on uktv gold- don't forget - xmas weekend from 1pm - PORRIDGE!!!

Thursday 23 December 2004 - 19:05:33

From: Bill

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great informative site, hope you find out the exact D.O.B of Barrowclough so full details can be put forwards.

Friday 17 December 2004 - 11:48:30

From: Emma

Rating of this site: Excellent

I love Porridge, it makes me feel so safe and takes me back to when I was little and I would watch it with my Grandad, who was Ronnie Barker mad!  I love all the repeats on UK Gold, and I always watch it, if there's a Saturday stack of them on UK Gold the curtains stay shut and I stay in my nightclothes all day!  My Mum told me a while ago that Richard Beckinsdale died, I didn't even know.  My favourite episode is the one with the food fight in the canteen.

Friday 17 December 2004 - 10:30:19

From: Alex Prior

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very good website.  Nice to see people who agree Porridge is a great British comedy.

Wednesday 8 December 2004 - 17:39:29

From: Suspicious Old Scrote

Rating of this site: Excellent

As an ardent sitcom fan who has really only recently got into Porridge, it is clear that Messrs Barker and Beckinsale are a situation comedy double act of legendary proportions.  They have to be put alongside (and probably past) the likes of Jason & Lyndhurst (OFAH) and Brambell and Corbett (Steptoe).

Anyone who doubts this rather sweeping statement should watch 'A NIGHT IN' a few times.  For two actors to get through a whole episode without other characters intervening and still make it a comedy classic is a serious achievment.

One wonders just how big the late Richard Beckinsale could have become.  I personally think he would be held in the same vein as David Jason and John Cleese, and of course not forgetting Ronnie Barker - the funniest English TV comedian still with us.

Monday 6 December 2004 - 22:10:05

From: Philip Tully

Rating of this site: Excellent

What a excellent site.  This brought back so many memories.  I watched the programme as I was growing up and still love it.  Thanks very much.

Wednesday 24 November 2004 - 15:45:08

From: Anonymous

Rating of this site: Excellent

This site is a wonderful tribute to one of the finest comedy shows that has ever been written and shown - Porridge.  Although I wasn't actually born when it was first shown, I love the show now and have recently bought the three sets of shows on DVD.  I love both episodes that Maurice Denham was in and while watching the film last night - which I also own on DVD - I rediscovered another classic one-liner from Fletch to Bunny Warren - played so superbly by Sam Kelly - one of my favourite comedy actors.

In the scene, Bunny - who is of course dyslexic - asks Fletch to read the letter that his wife Elaine - seen in Men without Women - Episode 6 season 1 - and Fletch says to his friend "If you can't read, Bunny, how do you know it's from the wife?" Bunny replies "It's got Elaine's scent."

As Fletch takes the letter and inhales his friend's wife's scent, he comes out with his cracker of a one-liner - which has me in fits - "Where does Elaine work? A tarpaulin factory?"

Thursday 18 November 2004 - 14:50:10

From: Alan Honeybill

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.sidneyjackson.com

Porridge is to my mind the greatest comedy series ever broadcast, brilliant writing, matchless acting from a wonderful cast of characters lead by our greatest comedy actor of all time, Ronnie Barker.  He was born to play the role of Fletcher and watching him imparting his knowledge to the naive Godber (the much missed Richard Beckinsale) is a constant joy.  Like a fine wine it justs gets better and better.

In my view Porridge is without doubt the greatest comedy series ever, the matchless acting of a superb cast, lead by Ronnie Barker in the role of a glittering career.  The more I watch it the more I realise just how good it is, every character is perfectly drawn in particular Godber played by the much missed Richard Beckinsale who should have delighted us for so many more years.  It's tv heaven!

Sunday 14 November 2004 - 21:59:48

From: Garry Beech

Rating of this site: Good

Website: www.geocities.com/beverleybeck

Very good site

Tuesday 2 November 2004 - 14:29:29

From: Anonymous

Rating of this site: Excellent

I love Porridge - although I wasn't born when it was first shown - as I'm only 22.  I love the show and my favourites are Fletch, Mackay and MacLaren.  My favourite lines in the show are - when Fletch and Godber are chatting in their cell about the parole board results as Godber tells Fletch that Mac Brown is heading home even though he's been in for manslaughter while a car thief called Gibson is not - and Fletch says "It only takes one minute to create a life - it takes ten minutes to make a car. And about five minutes for it to fall to bits again an' all."

That brilliant one - liner in a Test of Character when Fletch says to Godber, "I thought you'd be worried, little flower. I thought you'd miss me. I thought you'd worry if I didn't return from Granny's by nightfall."

And finally a tremendous one-liner from a show I didn't see - but heard on a radio cassette - the Desperate Hours - when Godber's telling Fletch how he was nearly seduced by his Auntie Pauline - and Fletch says, "Do you think you should go on in front of Mr. Mackay?  He's a strict Glasgow presbyterian. Sex is only allowed up there when Rangers beat Celtic"  Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais should be knights for writing such sensational scripts.

Monday 1 November 2004 - 14:18:41

From: Ad Powley

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great site on the finest ever sitcom bar none.

Re: the derivation of the term "Porridge".  According to my dad (84, and like me a Porridge fanatic), the term is derived not from it being served with monotonous regularity, but because the repetitive drudgery of cooking porridge is a metaphor for the mind-numbing tedium of prison life.  Hence also, another prison term "doing stir" as in "stirring porridge" - the never-ending boredom of the same task being repeated over and over again.  Anyone else have ideas on this?

Friday 15 October 2004 - 14:04:18

From: Attila

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hi, I'm 27 and I'm from Switzerland.  2 years ago I saw an episode ("a night in") on BBC Prime by accident.  I immediately fell in love with Porridge.  Now that I discovered this site I'm sure that I'm not the only Porridge (and Ronnie Barker) maniac in the whole world.

Tuesday 5 October 2004 - 23:27:30

From: Morrison Family

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just received my DVD's of Going Straight & Xmas specials.  Can't wait to watch them.

Tuesday 5 October 2004 - 10:54:08

From: Simon W.Ladd

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hi Y'all.  I've just received my DVD of the Porridge Christmas Specials and I'm very impressed with the video transfer that the Beeb has done for this release.  The only downer about the package is the inclusion of Johnny Vaughan's near hour long contribution to the "Greatest British Sit Coms  BBC TV series screened this Summer.  It was wonderful seeing lots of classic clips from the show BUT his sneering "know all" presentation just ruins things.  Why do people have to try and intellectualise comedy?  However overall the disc is to be recommended.  I was going to save it till Christmas for viewing BUT somehow in a moment of weakness the shrink wrap slipped off and the disc made its own way into my machine!  Strange that!!!!!  This is probably the best 8.99 I've spent all year.

Sunday 26 September 2004 - 12:39:23

From: Alex Brent

Rating of this site: Excellent

I only discovered Porridge about a month ago as I am only 15.  I love it and want to know when they are going to show any of them again.  Fab website, especially the clips section!

From: porridgelover

Rating of this site: Good

Great to see Ronnie doing the opening welcome on the dvd "Classic British Comedy Clips" released in the UK a while ago (anyone want details of how to get a vhs copy e-mail me).  Good to see him again in the repeat showing of "The Gathering Storm" that was on TV in the UK recently.

Saturday 25 September 2004 - 13:04:36

From: Nick Machin

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ian, Have had your website on my favourites for months but hadn't logged on for ages until today.  Quite simply one of the best sites on the web dedicated to the best situation comedy ever broadcast.  Keep up the excellent work.

Thursday 16 September 2004 - 19:02:54

From: Jade

Andy, they repeated 'Life Beyond The Box, Norman Stanley Fletcher' a couple of months ago.  But, I'm not sure if they're going 2 repeat it again, but I'm sure that they will @ some point.  Does any1 know, if they're going 2 make similar programmes with other classic comedies?  I really hope they do 1 for Arkwright

Tuesday 14 September 2004 - 20:39:50

From: Nik

Rating of this site: Excellent

Spot on website and spot on TV Series.

Up there with Dad's Army in my view and all the more funny for me with the fact I work in a Prison!

Tuesday 14 September 2004 - 17:11:44

From: Amy

Rating of this site: Excellent

I love RonnIe Barker.  He Is not only good looking but very talented too!  BrIng back Barker!!!!

Monday 13 September 2004 - 14:10:19

From: Jamie

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great to see Going Straight for the first time since I was 7.  I still remember laughing when Fletcher switches on the TV to find that Play School is being broadcast!  Did anyone notice the cut scenes from Going Straight on UKGOLD?  In the third episode the first few minutes were deleted.  This involved Fletcher attempting some DIY shelves which promptly fell down when a single book was placed on them.  A few minutes were cut up to the point where the shopping list is being finalised.  Nicholas Lyndhurst was in the deleted scene here as he was credited in the end titles.  Also the first few minutes of Episode 5 were hived off.  This was a scene set in the hotel, which went missing too.

Sunday 12 September 2004 - 09:32:20

From: Ray

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just stumbled onto this site by chance but really enjoyed the memories it rekindled.  Grew up in UK and was a Ronnie Barker / Porridge fan all those years ago.  Now living in Australia.  Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

Wednesday 8 September 2004 - 08:18:47

From: Justin Ashurst

Rating of this site: Excellent

An excellent programme - they don't make 'em how they used to.  All the best to all the cast.  Keep out of trouble in Heaven, Godber!!!

Monday 6 September 2004 - 19:38:25

From: Roger Brent

Rating of this site: Good

Good Site dedicated to easily the most beautifully scripted and acted British Sitcom ever.  Delighted to see UK Gold devoting a weekend to all things Porridge.

Keep up the good work!!!

Monday 6 September 2004 - 10:56:04

From: Richard Donaldson

Rating of this site: Excellent

As per other comments it was great to finally see Going Straight (too young to really remember the original screenings).  Although it lacked some of the really great characters which were in endless supply in Porridge, GS still has some class lines/moments and in comparison with today's "comedies" it must be up there with the best of them.

Monday 6 September 2004 - 04:16:45

From: Andy

Rating of this site: Excellent

Are there any plans for BBC to repeat the 2003 christmas special "Life Beyond The Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher"?  As I didn't get to see it.

Sunday 5 September 2004 - 21:16:27

From: David M Stanton

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have been watching Porridge @ 30 yesterday and today.  and I have had Going Straight on video for a few years, my favourite actor in the show was Fulton Mackay, and my favourite episodes were "A Night In" "A Day Out" and Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are by far the best comedy writers on the planet.

Sunday 5 September 2004 - 16:14:46

From: Rad Bhalal

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent website.  Detailed info on the best TV Comedy ever.

Sunday 5 September 2004 - 15:49:34

From: Rob

Rating of this site: Excellent

Porridge is one of the best shows ever.  This is a good site to a show that has kept the public entertained for 30 years!

Sunday 5 September 2004 - 14:02:48

From: Jade

@ last! I have seen Going Straight!  It was great, not as good as Porridge, but nothing ever could be.  It was such a pity it was only six episodes as it kinda abruptly ended.  So does anyone know if this is now going 2 b a regular thing showing Going Straight on UK Gold or was it just a one off?

Sunday 5 September 2004 - 14:02:00

From: Dyan

Rating of this site: Excellent

Watching Porridge @ 30, I forgot how brilliant a programme and we have nothing like it today.

They are a brilliant writing team and the cast is superb, shame that Richard Beckinsale had a heart attack.  More Series would have been nice too see.

Saturday 4 September 2004 - 15:28:14

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

Happy birthday Porridge

Saturday 4 September 2004 - 14:08:31

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

Don't forget Porridge @ 30 weekend!  It includes some long overdue transmissions of Going Straight as well as a few clips of your very own porridge Webmaster!!

Thursday 12 August 2004 - 08:49:40

From: Leon Bigland

Dear Ian, it's me Leon Bigland, on the Internet on the 11.07.04 I was searching through DVDs when I came across Porridge the Christmas specials and Going Straight that are going to be released on the 4th of October 2004 which is just in time for Christmas which means I can get them.  Anyway as soon as I saw this I got the shakes probably due to over excitment, anyway I suddenly remember visiting your site and I thought I'd just let you know seens as your a BBC comedy fan like myself.  I was a bit peed off when I saw that Simon Ladd had informed you first but anyway you know now.  I'll check in to your site and let you know what I think of them as I don't recall seeing the Christmas specials of Porridge that look good because one episode is on the subject of them brewing alcohol which was a thing women prisoners did on Bad Girls which is a good show.

Saturday 7 August 2004 - 11:25:32

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

Only just found you.  Glad I did have now ordered the Xmas specials and Going Straight for 9.99 a bargain

Friday 30 July 2004 - 05:39:37

From: Anonymous

The only irish actor I can think of, who answers the description given is that of the actor who played Albert in Robins Nest

Thursday 29 July 2004 - 00:25:16

From: Richard

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent, I'm 22, I watched Porridge with my grandma ages ago and loved it, many years on I've just bought all the DVD copies, and got a lot more of the jokes, Ronnie Barker is the best.  Best family fun you could ever have.  FACT.

Friday 23 July 2004 - 00:09:25

From: Simon W.Ladd

Rating of this site: Excellent

If only every classic comedy website was as good as this!  There's no BS, no gossip etc.  It sticks to the webmaster's remit which is to keep to the facts and keep the fans fully informed of latest developments.

It is a sad reflection of the BBC's current output that virtually no recent comedy attracts the same degree of affection that Porridge still attracts from folk of all ages.  Other than the all too necessary innuendo that was prevalent in the episode "A Quiet Night In" the whole series was totally suitable viewing for the whole family as it worked on so many different levels.

Forget Fools and Horses.  Porridge was the real McCoy in as far as it tackled many issues that affect the incarcerated male but with much subtlety and humour.  Fletch, Godber and McKay will live in the hearts of minds of us all forever!  This comedy was script and cast driven and that is what makes it virtually unique.  I shall say no more.  Just keep watching the DVDs, TV repeats and audio tapes.  The fun continues to this day!

Thursday 22 July 2004 - 20:07:55

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

Thanks to Simon Ladd from Enfield in letting me know that Going Straight and the Porridge Christmas specials are going to be released on DVD in October!

Wednesday 14 July 2004 - 00:50:21

From: Blake

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks for the show list!  I really enjoy your site!  Blake

Tuesday 13 July 2004 - 16:06:37

From: Alex

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thank god for Going Straight to be finally released on DVD, I've waited so so long!  Keep up the good work on this excellent site.

Monday 12 July 2004 - 20:40:40

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

In response to Sonny and Jade's comments I think a poll is a good idea.  Watch this space!

In response to Judith's comments according to the book "On Set!" written by Steve Clark, Slade Prison in the opening credits was the front of a council depot in St Albans.  It was originally a prison apparently.  At the time the book was published (1999) it was the headquarters of mineral water company, Highland Spring.

Monday 12 July 2004 - 15:37:15

From: Judith

Rating of this site: Excellent

Do you know what was used in the opening titles as the exterior of Slade prison?  Because Slade prison is fictional.

Sunday 11 July 2004 - 16:09:07

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

Following on Sonny Hamilton's comment why don't you add a forum to this site?  Adding a forum and/or regular polls, would certainly improve this site.

Wednesday 7 July 2004 - 14:36:38

From: Frankybfc

Rating of this site: Good

Website: www.frankybfc.de

Hallo ich finde eure website einfach umwerfend gut, informativ, aktuell und einfach nur .....SUPER!!


According to Google the English translation of this message reads "Hello I finds your website simple upsetting well, informatively, up-to-date and simply only to .....super!!"

Sunday 4 July 2004 - 14:43:48

From: Sonny Hamilton

Rating of this site: Good

I think this website needs to be a bit more active.  Why not add quizzes, or polls to find out favourite episodes etc.

Saturday 26 June 2004 - 13:17:37

From: Jade

How tall was he and how old did he look in Porridge, but, the way, did he have a posh voice?

Tuesday 22 June 2004 - 19:39:19

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

I must admit I cannot think of any Irish characters at all in Porridge.  The only character I can think of who is thin and not English was Evans who ate electric light-bulbs.  If anyone else has any ideas then please pass on your comments in this guest book.

Tuesday 22 June 2004 - 14:36:09

From: Paul

Rating of this site: Excellent

I wonder if you Porridge fans can help me.  We have a bloke at work that looks just like one of the inmates from the show but we can't remember the name of the guy.  He was a thin old(ish) Irish fella with a pointy face.  Please help if you can.

Sunday 20 June 2004 - 12:05:14

From: Clinton Derrick

Rating of this site: Excellent

I just bought a porridge DVD after seeing this site.  The pineapple chunks episode was worth the licence fee on it's own.

Monday 14 June 2004 - 21:15:24

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

I have heard that Going Straight will be released in October along with the Christmas specials.  Keep an eye on this site for further confirmation!

Sunday 13 June 2004 - 13:27:09

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'm delighted 2 hear that Going Straight is going 2 b released on DVD! :)  Do u have any more info on the release date, etc?

Monday 7 June 2004 - 18:00:39

From: Ally

Rating of this site: Excellent

Sensational site!  I love Porridge it's a great programme!

Monday 31 May 2004 - 09:59:41

From: Leon Bigland

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: I don't have one!

I think Porridge is ace, I have only recently bought series 1-3 on DVD but I was very disappointed to find that the Christmas specials were not included.  I can't recall ever seeing Going Straight although I'd like to.  Hopefully it will be released on DVD as many thing are, especially if popular demand as it would seem after reading the comments of other people who have visited your site.  My favourite episode is the one where Fletcher's in hospital with a bad foot.  It's a shame about Beckinsale though, he was a good actor and his daughter Kate it well hot!  I have enjoyed reading your site and found it very usefull.

Laterz, Leon

Monday 24 May 2004 - 21:18:31

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

In response to Jade's comments I have increased the size of the font!  Any other comments to help me improve this website are gratefully received.

Sunday 23 May 2004 - 12:51:16

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

This site is great, the only bad thing I would have 2 say is the size of the font, makes the site difficult 2 read!

Saturday 15 May 2004 - 14:04:12

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

Life Beyond the box, Norman Stanley Fletcher, was sensational.

Friday 14 May 2004 - 22:06:02

From: Matt Barron

Rating of this site: Excellent

Really good to know I am not alone in my obsession for this wonderful program.  I wish many more episodes had been produced!

Monday 10 May 2004 - 19:38:46

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

In response to Kristian's question there was a special transmitted around Christmas time.  It followed Fletch's early life and Ronnie Barker reprised his role at the end of the program.  Fletch ends up owning his own pub and the programme ended appropriately with Fletch singing "See the Pyramids Across the Nile".

Monday 10 May 2004 - 18:33:41

From: Kristian Rumbelow

Rating of this site: Excellent

This has to the best website dedicated to Porridge I've seen In a while, great job!  Just wanted to ask was there a Christmas special in 2003.

Monday 10 May 2004 - 13:14:29

From: Big Daddy

Rating of this site: Excellent

Finally got through to view really enjoyed it.

Monday 3 May 2004 - 00:33:48

From: Oli Pubatte

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have like your site very much as Porridge is very good show which I have on DVD from friend in England.  My father was in prison in England in years gone it is said and friend think Porridge good show tell me how.  Fletch is a good man in the end and this is strength of show, but not so true to life!  Your site look simple and easy also to use.  Congratulation and thank you.

Friday 16 April 2004 - 16:56:38

From: Shawn Wootton

Rating of this site: Not Bad

I have only just got into Porridge.  I have all the DVDs but am missing the Christmas specials.  I have never seen Going Straight as I was not born when was shown on tv.  I would like to see them very much.  Found the site very informative but look old.  Thanx for reading

Saturday 10 April 2004 - 17:34:56

From: Gary Basford

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have just discovered the series, believe it or not!  I have liked the film a few years but only recently bought the DVDs, thanks to Britain's Best Sitcom.  Don't agree that Porridge comes below a lot of the ones above it.  Keep up the good work with this very informative site.  Mackay rules!

Saturday 10 April 2004 - 13:25:32

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great site!  Porridge is my favourite programme and I was bitterly disappointed when it only came 7th in Britain's Best Sitcom.  I have never seen Going Straight, but I'm dying to.  Does anyone know if it is ever going to be out to buy or will it be shown on TV again?

Tuesday 6 April 2004 - 10:52:01

From: Pat Carr

Rating of this site: Excellent

Although porridge was not officially voted "Britains Best Sit-com" We all know that it is an all time great never to be out-classed.  There can be nothing to beat an evening in with the inmates and staff of Slade Prison.  Absolutely wonderful.  This site is a stunner.  Well done!!

Sunday 4 April 2004 - 19:47:17

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

The rigged boxing match was from Series 2 in the episode entitled "The Harder They Fall".

All 3 series are available on DVD but unfortunately this does not yet include the Christmas Specials.  Neither has Going Straight ever been released on DVD or Video.

Sunday 4 April 2004 - 16:42:17

From: Lee

Rating of this site: Excellent

Is Going Straight on dvd yet?

Sunday 4 April 2004 - 16:36:37

From: Lee

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'd like to ask you what episode it was where there was a rigged boxing match where both boxers hit the deck at the same time and I'd also like too know if it's on dvd? and are the 2 xmas specials are avalible on dvd?

Saturday 3 April 2004 - 17:10:44

From: Harvey Room

Rating of this site: Good

Porridge was a great programme.  It is a shame that only a few of the inmates of Slade prison are still with us.

Saturday 3 April 2004 - 16:02:16

From: Jane Ferguson

Rating of this site: Good

Good website love the programme.  Shame that Richard Beckinsale died he was a good actor.

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