Porridge 2005 Archive Guest Bookguest

Welcome to my 2005 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.

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Saturday 10 December 2005 - 23:18:18

From: Bryan Johnston

Website: www.taboodisco.co.uk

Rating of this site: Excellent

What an absolutely brilliant website you have.  Porridge takes me back to my school days, I always watched it when it was on.  I have been recently watching both Rising Damp and Porridge on DVD, brilliant comedies in their own right.  Richard Beckinsale was a brilliant actor, it's sad that he died way to early in life, it somehow seems so unfair.  My fave episode of Porridge is Just Desserts, the tinned pineapple episode!!  The acting in that episode from Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay is just superb and I'd recommend anyone that hasn't seen that episode to try and see it.  Porridge is on BBC2 Christmas eve, the episode is desperate hours... a Christmas Special I believe.  Keep up this site...many thanks.


Thursday 8 December 2005 - 00:49:13

From: David Baber

Rating of this site: Excellent

I always loved porridge to watch and was delighted when my grandfather the late Maurice Gillett was gaffer for the film.  When I visited his house I can say that I walked up his stairs with the wrought iron stair side from the film set for porridge, these are still around (with a few spares).  He acquired them when they were being dumped in the skip after shooting.  So may be the only remaining parts of the Porridge set.  Keep up the great work with the site.


Monday 5 December 2005 - 09:22:50

From: Bara Croft

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker was one of the best comedians I have ever seen or heard, he was also dignified, setting a good example to all.


Saturday 3 December 2005 - 18:57:22

From: Peter Johnson

Rating of this site: Excellent

I had seen many Ronnie Barker shows with my Mum and Dad as a Child, but had not seen many in recent years.

I recently watched all the Open All Hours eposides again and loved them all.  It amazes me that it's still so funny, yet over 20 years old, and to think nothing comes close to these older British comedy shows.

Sadly, only 1 week after watching these I read of Ronnie Barkers unfortunate death.  At this time, I also read more into him and the more I read the more I realised he was a truly admirable person.

Since then, I have just watched all the Porridge episodes, and tommorow will make a start on Going Straight.

This breed of Comedy is up there with the likes of my other favorites, Fawlty Towers and Black Adder.

Ronnie Barker seemed like he would be great on and off stage, and I also love the way his comedy could appeal to those from 6 to 86.

Most importantly, I will remember Ronnie for the rest of my life, and no doubt cycle through watching his DVDs in rotations for the remainder of my own life.

Rest In Peace Ronnie


Monday 28 November 2005 - 15:57:54

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very sorry to hear about John Dair passing away.  It's been a very sad time for Porridge fans lately.


Monday 21 November 2005 - 15:29:35

From: UMTV

Rating of this site: Excellent

Danny Baker's Sitcom Showdown

Writer, Award winning DJ and sitcom aficionado Danny Baker is back and ready to unleash his furious intellect upon the best of British sitcoms in his new panel show.

Celebrating the hugely popular world of situation comedies, from the timeless classics of Only Fools and Horses and Fawlty Towers to the outrageous Absolutely Fabulous and the revolutionary The Office; the Showdown will play host to a battle of wits and knowledge between teams of both celebrity and superfan status!

For the opportunity to watch this new sitcom panel show, to be filmed in London on the 16th, 17th & 18th December, then please

email: tickets@umtv.tv


Thursday 17 November 2005 - 20:37:12

From: Craig

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have a question needs settling: was there a joke in one episode of Porridge where someone said "I read a book once....it was blue."? Please help. Thanks.

Note from Porridge webmaster: This was a line from Brian Glover's character Heslop.  He actually said "I read a book once.... green it was".


Sunday 9 November 2005 - 01:14:19

From: Chris Evans

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just happen to go to my old home town's newspaper site and saw that Ronnie had passed away.  I don't get a lot of UK news here in the states, and I'm nearly a month late in hearing the news.  Sadly missed :(


Tuesday 8 November 2005 - 17:45:30

From: Robert Fairbanks

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker.  He was a comedy genius.  All three of his sitcoms - Porridge, Open All Hours and Clarence were priceless.  Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett should be Knighted.

Please consider signing the following petition below:

www.petitiononline.com/rbarkrco/petition.html


Thursday 3 November 2005 - 02:09:54

From: Adrian

Rating of this site: Excellent

I loved Ronnie Barker in all the things he did he was a brilliant comedian/actor.  I'm watching the episode in Porridge were Fletch goes to the pub when there working outside digging, it's hilarious still after watching it a thousand times.  As is all Ronnie's stuff.  He will live on in his work but we will all miss this great man.


Monday 31 October 2005 - 17:03:03

From: Zoe

Rating of this site: Excellent

I think your website's really good, finally got some pictures!  My favourite's Warren.  Think he's brill.


Tuesday 25 October 2005 - 12:26:06

From: UMTV

Rating of this site: Excellent

New Danny Baker Television show needs Sitcom Superfans.

Blackadder, My Family, Yes Minister, Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley, One Foot in the Grave, Dinnerladies, Porridge, Fawlty Towers, Absolutely Fabulous, The Royle Family.

When it comes to sitcoms are you as cunning as a fox who's just been elected professor of cunning at Oxford University?

Do you have a favourite sitcom, sweetie darling, and general knowledge of sitcoms as a whole, darling, hmm?

Then Mange-Tout!

We're looking for Sitcom fans to appear on a light hearted entertainment show, called Danny Baker's TV Showdown, where you try to crown the sitcom you represent as the worthy victor.  If you're a fan of any of the above comedies then get in touch now.

superfan@umtv.tv

And please.don't mention the war.


Sunday 23 October 2005 - 11:10:43

From: Guy Watson

Website: The Internet Cycling Club

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent site - brought back lots of memories of watching the series with my Grandad - my favorite episode is the one with David Jason and the treasure map :)


Friday 21 October 2005 - 15:58:20

From: Sarah Dart

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am only a teenager but I feel that we have lost one of the best people we have - Ronnie Barker.  I actually cried when my friend had told me he had died.  I still can't believe it.  My thoughts are with his family and friends.


Thursday 20 October 2005 - 21:06:08

From: Tali

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker - RIP - I can only repeat others' sentiments, he should have received a knighthood


Thursday 13 October 2005 - 21:37:45

From: Jason (Colchester, Essex)

Rating of this site: Excellent

I shared my love of Ronnie Barker's work (especially porridge) with my late grandfather!  Ronnie B is a true legend!  His ability to make people laugh was well known, but I think his skills as a fabulous actor were less credited someone like him will always live on.  R.I.P Ronnie B


Wednesday 12 October 2005 - 20:36:16

From: David Hughes

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am a very young fan of Ronnie Barker especially, and he will always be the King Of Comedy in all our hearts.

Rest In Peace Ronnie Barker....

P.S I love this Porridge site

Visit my site for comedies etc (comming soon)


Wednesday 12 October 2005 - 17:05:02

From: Dan

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks for the years of laughs Ronnie you will be missed in every corner of the globe may you rest in peace.


Wednesday 12 October 2005 - 15:53:41

From: Marky

Rating of this site: Excellent

Love the site, I have been testing Google and uploaded the Missing Pineapple chunks ep, (URI deleted).  Does this work ok, strange how they allow it - but could be useful to anyone wanting to stream video for free.


Wednesday 12 October 2005 - 14:19:55

From: Henry ter Tanje

Website: www.tertanjevastgoed.nl

Rating of this site: Excellent

The dutch television broadcasted a lot of shows from the BBC.  Like Rising Damp, Dad's Army, George & Mildred, The Two Ronnies, Fools and Horses and of course Porridge.  I really became adicted to British sitcom and I still am.  Ronnie Barker will never die cause he and his fellow comedians left us with a magnificent inheritance wich gives a lot of laughter even after thirty years.  This site is the evidence.


Tuesday 11 October 2005 - 20:45:30

From: Bill

Rating of this site: Excellent

The World has lost its greatest comedy actor bar none.  There will never be another like Ronnie.  Thank you for the wonderful humour and joy that you gave us. R.I.P.


Tuesday 11 October 2005 - 12:05:39

From: Danny Thomas

Ronnie Barker bless his heart he made me laugh every time I saw him we all hope hes gone to a better place


Tuesday 11 October 2005 - 03:37:57

From: Mark Low

Rating of this site: Excellent

I used to watch this show back in the day, I have been living in america for the past 20 years and don't remmember ever seeing a show that made me laugh as much as this show did.  Ronnie will be missed ....thanks for the memories
Mark Low.  Chicago, USA


Monday 10 October 2005 - 23:55:28

From: Jason Denham

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker, a true genius, a term which is used far too willy nilly.  But not in this case.

A man who will be entertaining millions until the end of time.

Hopefully you, Mr Mackay and Godber are up there right now working on a new series.  I look forward to seing it someday.


Monday 10 October 2005 - 11:53:24

From: Glen Johnson

Rating of this site: Excellent

Was so sad to hear the news of Ronnie's death, he was and always will be in my opinion a giant of a man in the world of comedy, and man who brought so much laughter into this world, and never really wanted anything in return.  Everything the man touched turned to gold, this showed what a genius he was.  He will be missed by millions, but he will always be remembered and never forgotton.  Hevean is now an even better place for his presence, and I'm sure he will have them laughing like mad there.  God Bless you Ronnie.

Also not spamming but I'd also like to say I run a site for Only Fools and Horses and of course one of his best mates David Jason is the star of this show, and my visitors have also left their tributes to the great man, if you wish to read then please goto (URI deleted).  Thank you


Monday 10 October 2005 - 09:40:45

From: Lucy Smith

Rating of this site: Excellent

God bless you, Ronnie... You are and always will be a genuine star... Rest in Peace and Laughter!


Monday 10 October 2005 - 09:33:18

From: Lord Faunswater

Rating of this site: Excellent

Well done for the site.  Ronnie Barker will be surely missed.


Sunday 9 October 2005 - 21:28:23

From: Steve

Rating of this site: Excellent

Many a slapped behind for watching Porridge instead of doing my homewotk in the mid 70s it will always be part of my teenage years


Sunday 9 October 2005 - 17:23:35

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'm 37, and grew up in the seventies watching all those great sitcoms, which are nowadays rightly regarded as 'classics'.  Porridge was always one of my favourites, Ronnie's delivery of Clement and La Frenais' lines was spot on, he was a naturally funny man and to have such great writers behind him on Porridge, as well as a great supporting cast, just made it so perfect.

His ability to look and sound so different on his other shows, such as The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours, made him stand out all the more as a unique talent.

I look forward to the planned releases from the BBC on October 31st 2005 in which four Ronnie Barker DVD's will be available, they are: Seven of One(1973), The Magnificent Evans(1984), Clarence(1988) and the fourth and final series of Open All Hours(1985).

Also, still to enjoy is Ronnie's final TV appearance in the Christmas edition of The Two Ronnies' Sketchbook which of course will be braodcasted during the 2005 festive period.

So, thank you for the laughter Ronnie B, or as your pal David Jason rightly called you - The Governor.

Note from Porridge Webmaster: Thanks for the info Mark.  I had no idea about these DVD releases.  Well overdue.


Sunday 9 October 2005 - 12:57:54

From: Gary Basford

Rating of this site: Excellent

So shocked to hear about Ronnie's death earlier this week.  We have lost one of the best comic actors ever!  Who would think that Fletcher/Arkwright were one and the same man.  A Genius.  One nice thought is that at least Fletch and Godber are reunited.  I am now off to watch the first series of Porridge.  God bless Ronnie and thanks for all the laughs you have given us.


Sunday 9 October 2005 - 12:30:12

From: Conor

Rest in peace Ronnie


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 20:43:23

From: Wayne

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent site.  Ronnie Barker made us all laugh in some way or another.  I'm sure that everyone who reads this will remember some series or other that he has written or appeared in which has made them laugh till their sides hurt.  He will be missed but not forgotten his comic geninus will live on for a very long time yet.


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 18:09:02

From: Steven Fairbank

Rating of this site: Excellent

Was saddened by the news of Ronnie Barker's death on Tuesday, a great loss to us all.  Porridge my all time favourite.  His genius and fellow cast members cheer up any dull day and not to forget some cracking dramtic moments too.  Came home after work and watched season 1, and laughed.  Remember "Don't let the Ba****ds grind you down" next time work gets too much (works for me!)


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 12:12:30

From: Philip Hutchings

Rating of this site: Excellent

I, like many others, was very saddened by the news of the death of the great Ronnie Barker.

He was my favourite comic actor and 'Porridge' is my favourite sitcom.

I have all 21 episodes on DVD and watch them regularly.

Ronnie was such a genius that it is hard to believe that Norman Stanley Fletcher and Arkwright wre played by the same actor.

If further proof were needed of the man's popularity, then it was provided by the enormous success of his return with Ronnie C. for the Two Ronnies Sketchbook.

Rest in peace, Ronnie.

You will be sadly missed.


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 10:58:40

From: Nick Garforth

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks for all the times you made me chuckle.  I have watched the Porridge film dozens of times and still laugh out loud at the part were Ronnie is singing at the begining and Mackay tells him to form a Slade Prison glee club, and with perfect timing and wit he replys "GLEE" whilst looking around.  You will be missed
God bless
Nick


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 09:22:48

From: Denise

Rating of this site: Good

I was so sad to hear the news about Ronnie B, like Eric Morcombe before him, he will be greatly missed.  There is very little left to rave about in comedy any more, Ronnie B proved that being nice, respectful, polite and humble, ment that you don't have to shout from the roof tops to get noticed.  He was a A++++ celebrity not the D ---'s of today.


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 02:59:47

From: Jonathan Hayward

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker is simply incomparable.  His comic performances in The Two Ronnies and Open All Hours were outstanding but for me his towering achievement was his characterisation in Porridge.  It is one of those very few TV series which can be watched time and again because of it's superb comic scripts, clever plots and magnificent cast.

But despite his eternal modesty and generosity in letting his talented supporting cast have their glory, Ronnie Barker's skill and artistry, both as a comic and straight actor, is shown to it's utmost in Porridge.

A seemingly modest, unassuming and throughly likable person off screen, the amount of tributes paid to Ronnie B stands as to how much respect, love, thanks and affection he was regarded by his peers, colleagues and the British Public.  The best of good nights to you Ronnie.


Saturday 8 October 2005 - 00:59:25

From: David Streek

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.kiksports.com

I grew up in the seventies & eighties watching shows like Porridge & The Two Ronnies and loved them.  But it is only when someone like Ronnie Barker dies that you learn about the true greatness he possessed.  What a great life, what a talent!.


Friday 7 October 2005 - 22:16:28

From: Ian Broadbent

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was shocked to hear of Ronnie Barker's death.  I grew up with the two Ronnies, Open All Hours,and Porridge.  It feels like part of me as die.  Rest in peace Ronnie


Friday 7 October 2005 - 21:32:19

From: Justin

Rating of this site: Excellent

A very sad lost the word genius is used far too often but doesn't even come close to describe the great Ronnie Barker.  I bet where ever he is now everyone is laughing.


Friday 7 October 2005 - 21:18:52

From: Anthony & Gill

An absolute genius will be missed by us all.


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 18:08:29

From: Denise & Dave

Rating of this site: Good

What a gem to lose one of the best.  Always cheered you up if you needed a boost, I love most of his comedies especially Open all Hours.  We were shocked and surprised when we heard of his passing.  He will be missed, definitely one of life's greatest comics!


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 15:48:43

From: Laura

Rating of this site: Good

He was a true legend!  He really made me laugh, especially in porridge and the fork 'andles sketch!  He will be truly missed by fans all over the UK.


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 10:15:14

From: Liam Noble

Rating of this site: Excellent

Good night to one on the best actors ever, I just love Porridge.


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 07:47:56

From: John James

Rating of this site: Excellent

We in Orstralia are devastated by the loss of Ronnie Barker. Humble achievers are rare. Writers and performers with the genius of Ronnie Barker are treasured forever. Can knighthoods be given posthumourously?


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 01:58:14

From: Damien

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was very sad to learn of Ronnie Barkers death this week. I am a big fan of Porride, Open all Hours and the Two Ronnies programms, and I think it will be ages before we see an just as tanlented actor/comedian on britsh television. He was a very funny and gifted person and he will be surely missed by millions of people how have grown up in the presents of is talent.


Thursday 6 October 2005 - 01:42:13

From: David Madden

Rating of this site: Excellent

Having grown up in England ( now living in Australia), Porridge, the Two Ronnies and Open All Hours fill my childhood memories. Very sad to hear of the passing of Ronnie Barker surely the greatest comic actor of our time. To those that disagree....Naff orf you nerks

God Bless and RIP Ronnie


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 23:51:09

From: Khizar Jamil

Rating of this site: Excellent

They broke the mould when they made Ronnie - he was one of a kind. The nation has lost a true legend and a dear friend.

Goodnight Ronnie, we'll all miss you. RIP mate, you've earned a well deserved rest.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 23:17:10

From: Bob Blake

Rating of this site: Excellent

The word genius is't quite enough to describe the late Ronnie Barker. A man of such versatility, verbal dexterity and sheer power to make people laugh the way he did (and will continue to do) makes it near impossible to sum up in words. Other than unique and now sadly missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 22:57:46

From: George pavia

Rating of this site: Good

I live in Malta and feel very fortunate that our main TV Station has shown 'Porridge', The Two Ronnies and 'Open all hours'. I feel that Ronnie Barker was a great comedian and i have watched his comedies over and over again. He certainly left a mark.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:48:27

From: Helen

Rating of this site: Good

I was very upset to hear that Ronnie Barker had died, almost as if I had lost a family member. He was one of the best and could always cheer me up! The Two Ronnies was just brilliant and I have many good memories of watching it every Saturday night! God bless Ronnie. I'm sure you are bringing laughter to everyone upstairs!! x


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:47:34

From: Andy

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker and Fulton Mackay were one of the all time great double acts of British tv comedy.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:45:30

From: Thomas

I'm sorry to here the sad news of this great man's death, he brought me more laughs than i could have ever had earlier this year when i first saw him the two Ronnie's Sketch book, and a classic like this man will be sorely missed.

RIP Ronnie Barker.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:44:21

From: Martin Stitchener

Rating of this site: Excellent

So sad about Ronnie's loss he was a true fine legend and gave me and everyone I know loads of hours of fun, We owe so much to Ronnie Porridge is unique and still as funny as it was when first shown, Open all hours is great too and you can see how David Jason learnt from Ronnie, this shows in a lot David Jason has done since Open all hours, We will go on laughing for many many years and will remember his work including the Two Ronnie's forever.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:22:22

From: Marie Cadagan

Rating of this site: Excellent

Brilliant site. Favourite Porridge moment is Fletch singing "Born Free til somebody caught me" Genius he will be sadly missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:13:29

From: Karen Smith

Rating of this site: Good

God bless Ronnie Barker, I have been a fan of Ronnie for many year and i have seen all episodes of porridge and going straight. Thank you Ronnie for the best laughs of my life U WILL BE MISSED BY ALL


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 21:04:36

From: Yusuf Khalifa

Rating of this site: Good

omg, every time I watch an episode of porridge I end up in stitches. The pure genius and unbelievable comical understanding that the late Ronnie Barker shows is just sublime. I have taken so much pleasure from the work of Ronnie, and I only think it fair that generations to come are allowed to see the legend that once graced our lands. He may have been taken from this world, but he will continue to live in our living rooms for many many years to come. What a guy.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 20:49:22

From: Nick Mansell

Rating of this site: Excellent

It's all come as a shock, a genuine hero. he gave us all a laugh a second. such a great actor. such a great loss. farewell Ronnie. xx


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 20:36:15

From: Marz

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: http://s13.invisionfree.com/MichelleRyanWorld/

Rest in Peace Ronnie
you will be greatly missed
one of the best
if not THE best comic actors of all time
RIP we will miss you

Marz


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 20:15:52

From: Barny

Rating of this site: Excellent

Goodnight to a true gentleman and one of the greats of British comedy. I am sure Richard has a lot to talk about with you.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 20:14:50

From: Jo

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie - you're magnificent, thanks for all the laughs - we'll miss you!


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 19:57:35

From: Dee Redmone

Rating of this site: Excellent

I heard of Ronnie Barker's death with great sadness, he was truly one of the great giants of our screen...irreplaceable. I have been a fan of Porridge/Going Straight for many years, and my one thought at this time is that I hope that (Fletch & Godber) Ronnie and the late great, Richard Beckinsale are laughing together once more - in heaven! They'll never replace him, but thanks to those wonderful shows being so available via TV/DVD, he will go on forever. Goodnight Ronnie... god bless.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 19:35:44

From: Shelly

Rating of this site: Excellent

One of the greats, at least we'll always have the repeats will be sadly missed, rest in peace Ronnie


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 18:28:49

From: Den

Rating of this site: Excellent

Being 39 I grew up with Ronnie on my TV and loved the show Porridge probably more than any other... Ronnie was a brilliant comic actor and most definately my favourite; while others watched new comic TV shows and raved about them I would always yearn for the re-runs of Porridge and the sharp humour of Norman Stanley Fletcher.

Great Britain has lost a great man, pray let heaven find this one.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 18:18:07

From: Angie

Rating of this site: Good

I was so sad to hear of the death of one of this countries greatest comedians, Ronnie's comedy is timeless and will I'm sure be enjoyed by generations to come. My sympathy goes out to his family who i hope will find a little comfort in the knowledge that Ronnie bought laughter and joy to many, many people. This country is all the poorer for his loss, he will be greatly missed.Goodnight and God bless Ronnie.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 18:09:31

From: Dot

Rating of this site: Excellent

Like the rest of the nation, we all feel as if we've lost a friend. What a marvellous fund of TV and film coverage we have of Ronnie's extra special talents as a comedy actor over the years, we all have our favourite's (mine being the 2 Ronnies as cleaning ladies using utensils as instruments!) but Porridge stands in the pathenon of the greats (with Richard Beckinsale a great loss in his prime), so many of Ronnie's roles were true to life and brought so much enjoyment, many can recite excerpts from scripts and TV shows. As a previous comment, Ronnie is sure to be making those in heaven laugh/giggle and he has left us a rich legacy of humour for future generations to study.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 17:05:38

From: Adele

Rating of this site: Excellent

I think that the two Ronnies and all the other programs he has played in were fabulous itz a shame hes gone


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 16:22:52

From: Mark Page

Rating of this site: Excellent

On behalf of my family and millions of others, 'Sir' Ronnie Barker shall be sadly missed. He was a true comic genius and his TV legacy will forever be watched over and over again by generations to come. I host a live music event in Hull, and last night over 200 people applauded the memory of Ronnie Barker. He touched many and shall never be forgotten.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 16:15:09

From: David

Rating of this site: Good

I can't believe he's gone! He has to have been the funniest comedian I know. R.I.P


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 15:20:06

From: Neil Hardy

Rating of this site: Excellent

A legend will be missed in a big way


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 15:07:06

From: Laura

Rating of this site: Excellent

RIP Ronnie :-( The world has lost a true comedy legend. You will be sadly missed. xxx


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 14:33:34

From: Alexandra Langridge

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was terribly saddened to hear of Ronnie's death. He was probably the best character/comedic actor this country has ever had. The episodes of Porridge etc will be treasured even more than they were before! You don't get to see a genius very often in a lifetime and I shall forever feel myself honoured that I was alive to experience one. Don't let 'em grind you down up there Ronnie!


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 14:25:52

From: Nikki

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great man always made me laugh especially Clarence will be greatly missed, condolences to his family.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 13:57:00

From: John

Rating of this site: Good

He was a genius and we may not see the like of him again, in my opinion there will never been another actor that will match his diversity of performance


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 13:43:52

From: Nick Rich

Rating of this site: Excellent

We will miss Ronnie a true great British funny man we are looking forward to 6 of 1 coming out on dvd becuse of the Laurel and Hardy send up with the late great Roy Castle another fine mess Ronnie was a good friend to the sons of the desert he was an honoury member thanks for the laughs Ronnie


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 13:35:49

From: Dave Simpson

Rating of this site: Excellent

Whether it was Porridge or any other project Ronnie Barker was involved in, you could always get a laugh from the innuendo that never got crude, and often the word play was marvellous. Porridge especially, though the other programmes had some, showed a keen eye for observing the real dilemmas and problems we all face. A Prison? A pronounced stammer? Short sightedness? Who else would have carried these off and not been subject to a barrage of criticism? Thank you Mr. Barker, Thank you for the laughs.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 13:01:27

From: Karen

Rating of this site: Excellent

Gutted by the news of Ronnie's passing. His physical appearance in Porridge bore an uncanny resemblance to my dad at around that time, especially in the "bad feet" sketch!


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 12:52:21

From: BillyBob

Rating of this site: Excellent

Norman Stanley Fletcher RIP - a great man you will be sorely missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 12:51:42

From: Roger Knapp

Rating of this site: Excellent

So..... It's good night from him. A very sad day.

I will never forget the many hours I have sat glued to the box in the corner, rolling in laughter and admiration at Ronnie Barker's many guises. My favourite has to be Porridge, amazingly written and performed, Richard Beckinsale so cruelly taken from us all those years ago. Godper now has his Fletcher to talk to in heaven.

Good night Ronnie and god bless - keep smiling.

My thoughts to your family and close friends


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 12:39:30

From: John Dair "Crusher"

Rating of this site: Excellent

A sad day for all Ronnies fans, I was priveleged to know him and work with him on Porridge.
A lovely gentle man
My life was richer by meeting him.
God bless.
Crusher.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 12:18:24

From: Andrew Bee

Rating of this site: Excellent

A great man who brought laughter to thousands in his life and still will for many years to come.  He will be sorely missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 11:59:18

From: Kirsty W

Rating of this site: Excellent

After yesterday's news, I found this site and spent a good couple of hours laughing as I listened again to the man who was a comic genius.

RIP Ronnie Barker, you will be sadly missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 11:45:03

From: Lee Bate

Rating of this site: Excellent

The passing of one of the last comic legends hope young Godber & Mackay are waiting for Fletch thanks for the laughs Ronnie a true legend


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 10:26:29

From: Paul

Rating of this site: Excellent

The death of a comedy genius, as Ronnie Barker was & always will be is such a sad sad loss- his memory, his shows & his genius will live forever though- through Porridge, Open All Hours & The Two Ronnies. At least we have that 'little victory' now he is sadly no longer with us.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 09:52:52

From: Adam Worrell

Rating of this site: Excellent

It is with a great deal of sadness I write this as the great Ronnie Barker has passed away.  There was very little love from my father as a boy and the only time we shared any real emotion was any time Ronnie was on the tv.  We both loved this comic genius and he gave us a bond which lasts to this day.  Even to this day I watch one of his shows at least once a week and have his famous "four candles" sketch on dvd which I watch each time I feel a little low (good advice to anyone suffering depression!!) you will be sadly missed but will be remembered forever by my family and will always bring a smile to my face when I think of you.  God bless.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 09:48:01

From: Clive

Rating of this site: Excellent

The door on Fletch's cell has closed for the last time.  Thank goodness for VCR and DVD enabling us to watch the genius of the man for years to come.  Anyone comtemplating comedy as a career should be made to watch all of his comic creations and see how the master did it.  Thanks to you Ron for all those laughs, that is your legacy to us all.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 08:37:43

From: Smiler

Rating of this site: Good

Just to say that I'm gutted about the death of Ronnie Barker, he was a god amongst mortals.  One of the best actors, comedy or otherwise ever to appear on British TV and a tremendous comedy writer to boot.  Long may he be remembered!!!


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 08:22:51

From: Chris S'Ythes

Rating of this site: Good

Ronnie was a legend.  Him and Ronnie were 2 peas in a pod.  You will be missed a lot by the nation.  RIP Chris


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 07:37:53

From: Sam

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks Ronnie for many of my warmest childhood memories and for many, many hours of smiles still to come.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 07:19:54

From: James Andrews

Rating of this site: Excellent

I saw an interview with Ronnie Barker (before his appearance as Churchills Manservant) during which he revealed that he would accept a film role only on the proviso that he would co star with De Niro or Pacino.  What a terrific film that could have been.  He will be sorely missed and I lament that we so rarely saw him play serious roles.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 04:50:03

From: Ngaire

Rating of this site: Good

I was sorry to hear of Ronnie's death.  My children have just started watching my Porridge DVDs with me and I think he would have laughed to hear my 6 year old say "It must have been funny, 'cause they laughed" in the scene where Gobber asks Fletch "What's a practising homosexual?" and Fletch replies "One who hasn't got it right yet."


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 03:16:26

From: Jackie

Rating of this site: Excellent

A marvel of a man.  He made the world seem a better place.  Full of laughter and innocence.  Thanks for all you gave us.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 01:59:33

From: Anton

Rating of this site: Good

Growing up with his comedy gave me a sense of humour from a very early age, he had a gift to appeal to all ages I know this because I laughed at his comedy when I was 8 and I still laugh now at 32 and will always laugh.  My heart goes out to his family, live in the comfort that he made millions of people laugh......


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 01:55:01

From: Shaun

Rating of this site: Excellent

I bet right now Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale are up there now laughing and joking, thanks for the laughs Ronnie you are truly Britain's greatest comedy actor


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 01:28:59

From: Robert Stewart

Rating of this site: Excellent

I've been away from Britain for nearly 20 years, but I've never forgotten The Two Ronnies and the two great shows Porridge and Open All Hours.  I think I liked Open All Hours most.  I also liked Going Straight, and it was only today that I was surprised to find out that most people think of it as not up to scratch.  I never felt it was a disappointment while it was on.  Today I found out that Ronnie Barker has died.  It's a shock, it really is.  I saw him recently in My House in Umbria, and just seeing him brought the good memories flowing back.  That guy knew how to be funny.  It's a tragic loss.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 00:59:22

From: Simon Wilson

Rating of this site: Excellent

I grew up watching Ronnie Barker and he never failed to make me laugh.  Open all hours and Porridge are comedy classics.  Another one of my comedy heroes has gone, but he will always live on through his timeless acting and excellent comedy timing.  A sad day he will be missed.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 00:56:27

From: Colin

Rating of this site: Excellent

A man of great talent!  He will never be forgotten.  A Comic genius who never failed to put a smile on my face or make me laugh.  He will be missed.  RIP.


Wednesday 5 October 2005 - 00:25:58

From: Paul Rimmer

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.paulrimmer.co.uk

A huge loss, an absolute inspiration to me and many others.  A sad day, rest in peace Ronnie Barker


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:56:06

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

To say that Ronnie was one of my heroes is an understatement in itself.  The joy he gave me, and I am sure will continue to give me, can never be surpassed.  A man and his many characters that could lift me from being miserable every time without fail.  My thoughts are with your family Ronnie.  I know you'll be makin' them laugh upstairs as I write this.  Goodnight and God bless to my favuorite comedian.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:48:32

From: Gary Kellett

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just watched the BBC tribute, brought a tear to my eye at the end.  Thanks for all the laughs Ronnie, you were a one off, never to be forgotten.  God Bless.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:31:52

From: Roger Fletcher

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have shared the nickname, "Fletch" with Norman Stanley for many years.  My favourite TV show is still Porridge and in my family quotes like "I read a book once - green it was" and "What? From here?" are an everyday occurrence.

Like many others I'll miss just knowing a spirit like Ronnie Barkers exists in the world.

Safe journey,
(the other) Fletch


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:25:35

From: David Aspden

Rating of this site: Excellent

Top bloke who me and my brother laugh for years.  He probably always will.  Keep up the nice site as a tribute to the man.  Never let them grind you down... a life motto.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:24:05

From: Andy

Rating of this site: Excellent

God Bless Ronnie Barker, thank you for the laughs


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 23:21:39

From: Joe A'Lee

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have grown up with this iconic Comedian who has my total respect.  He was so modest but so funny too.  The country is a legend short now he has left us - what can I say I'm gutted.  I have always believed him to be the best comedian this country has ever had, there was no match.  He was a devout family man for who I send my deepest sympathy.  My only rejoice is that we had the pleasure of his company - RIP Ronnie.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:50:09

From: Ash

Rating of this site: Excellent

Long live Ronnie Barker and the laughs he made


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:44:17

From: Andy Orton

Rating of this site: Excellent

So sad to here of Ronnie's death a true comedy genius, made me cry with laughter so many times, they aren't just going to be happy in heaven - they'll be laughing their socks off.

Thanks Ronnie for making us laugh


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:40:56

From: Tomos Edwards

Rating of this site: Good

R.I.P Ronnie Barker


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:28:19

From: Terry Taylor

Rating of this site: Good

Sad to hear of Ronnie's death he was one of the best comedians of all he will sadly missed my heart goes to his family rest in peace ronnie barker.  (a great man)


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:25:35

From: Keef

Rating of this site: Excellent

Another legend gone, up there with Sellers and Sir Alec Guiness for genius.....

"he bill we morely sissed"!


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:25:32

From: Graham Henderson

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was very upset to hear of the sad death of Ronnie Barker, I always felt that Barker was the funnier of the 2 Ronnies and his characters in both Porridge and Open All Hours simply saw the remarkable acting capabilities of this man.

He will be missed and long may his comedy live.

Thanks Fletch.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:22:38

From: Steve

Thanks big Ron


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:16:36

From: Lee Larkin

Rating of this site: Excellent

After hearing the sad news I lit my four candles on my fireplace and replaced sadness with laughter.  Sums up Sir Ronnie Barker comedy genius, legend.  Heaven`s gain is our loss.  RIP


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:07:23

From: Steve Harris

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very sad to hear that this legend has sadly departed from this world.  The Two Ronnies Sketchbook brought it all back to me earlier this year and reopened that love of Ronnie Barker.  What a true comedy genious, he will be missed.

God Bless and may your memories live on.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 22:07:15

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

Feel very gutted about Ronnie, very sad news indeed.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:49:29

From: Bazza

Rating of this site: Excellent

We British know our comedy and know a legend when we see one,

R.I.P Ronnie


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:31:25

From: Paul

Rating of this site: Excellent

A very sad day, the passing of a comedy legend.  Long may the memories continue.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:25:54

From: Faye

Rating of this site: Excellent

and it's goodnight from him...


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:13:21

From: Dave Segment

Rating of this site: Excellent

RIP to the greatest comic actor ever to grace the small screen.

Porridge was the pinnacle of a fantastic career.

Farewell "Gerald Wiley".


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:06:58

From: Sniff

A comedy genius, I can say no more, you will be missed.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 21:03:12

From: Tom

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks Ronnie for all the laughs.  You will never be forgotten.  God bless you and thank you.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:56:55

From: Steve

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: stresshelp.tripod.com

Ronnie Barker was asked how he would like to be remembered and he replied saying to be regarded as somebody who made people laugh god bless him

Well he has well earned this epitath.  God bless and thanks for all the comedy memories you have left us.  Gone but never ever forgotten.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:56:25

From: Chris Ryan

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very impressed by the website - good show.  I learned with a heavy heart today of Ronnie's passing and realise that the comedy world has lost one of its brightest stars.  He will live on in our hearts, books and video collections.  God bless you, Ronnie - we've lit four candles for you tonight.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:42:47

From: Steve Burdett

Rating of this site: Excellent

Good Night Ronnie, A comedy Legend


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:42:15

From: Richard

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very very sad to hear about the loss of Ronnie.  I am a big Porridge fan and Open All Hours.  I have met the man at Pinewood Studios when I was working there and David Jason and he was a wonderful person god bless him.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:41:11

From: Sue

Rating of this site: Excellent

Have just heard the news & am desperate to send my sympathies to Mrs Barker, Ronnie C. & David Jason in particular.  I'm crying as it is, but all I've done is grow up with Ronnie - in every shape & form!- on my TV screen, & watch all repeats ad infinitum.  My heart goes out to those who knew him personally.  At least we can be sure that Rommie will be with us forever.  4 candles at the ready here - or otherwise some fork handles from my tool shed!


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:39:56

From: Graham Slaytor

Rating of this site: Excellent

England is now a weaker Nation for the loss of such a great comic actor and writer, Genius is word used to much these days but to describe Mr Barker as a genius is just not enough, I will forever have a warm place in my heart for this wonderful man.  God Bless Ronnie and may your comedy live on forever.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:34:34

From: Simon

Rating of this site: Excellent

The world has lost a truly great performer today.

I will always consider Porridge Ronnie Barker's best work.  Not only is it one of the best comedies it also has moments of great emotion in it as well.  This was down to the actors in the show.  Sadly yet another actor from this show is no longer with us.

I'm sure Ronnie is up there now catching up with Richard about old times.

All the best Ronnie.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:34:25

From: Matt Sheppard

Rating of this site: Excellent

The world of entertainment mourns the loss of one of the best ever comedians.

He will be sorely missed

God Bless

Matt


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:34:08

From: Paul Woods

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great Fella! Great Actor! One of the greatest comedy actors ever!

A legend whose talents will be missed but will live on forever!

Goodnight from Him!


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:30:40

From: Rob Smedley

Rating of this site: Excellent

I was extremely saddened to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker.  The world of comedy has lost its King!!!


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:27:25

From: Duncan

Rating of this site: Excellent

You made me LAUGH especially when you got your worms mixed up.  Thanks


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:25:34

From: Guy M

Rating of this site: Excellent

Such a shame such a great comedian was taken from us.  76 really isn't that old.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:20:19

From: Ron Bean

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.steptoe-and-son.com

We lost a treasure today, the finest gem in comedy.  Thank you Mr Barker for giving us years of the finest comedy ever to be produced.  It may be a final goodnight from him but your comedy will reign years into the future.

As a man of comedy it is very unlikely that you would like this to be a sad occation so on that note "Dont forget your OXO tin Ronnie!".

Our Condolences and love to the Barker family.

Ron Bean (www.steptoe-and-son.com)


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:07:53

From: Matthew Barron

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very sad to hear of Ronnie's death, he leaves us with a great legacy of comedy, God bless.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 20:01:42

From: Colin

Rating of this site: Excellent

Such a sad sad day for british comedy.

God bless Ronnie and thanks


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 19:58:50

From: Kris

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie once said "To get a job where the only thing you have to do in your career is to make people laugh-well, it's the best job in the world."

Well you did a good job Ronnie

xx


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 19:53:55

From: Tom from NW London

Rating of this site: Excellent

A beautiful man in life and legacy a true role model and an inspiration.  Thank you Mr Barker


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 19:50:46

From: Kev Williams

Very sad the passing of a comedy legend.  Ronnie you made me laugh thanks.  Kev.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 19:43:59

From: Karen

Rating of this site: Good

Ronnie Barker's genius has made me laugh with such fantastic comedy for my entire life.  Now - god bless him - my teenage son has the pleasure of enjoying his incredible talent - a new generation to be richer for this mans presence.  God bless and you will never, ever be forgotten Ronnie!


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 18:06:07

From: Mark Trainor

Rating of this site: Excellent

Good night God Bless Legend x


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 17:38:03

From: Matt

Rating of this site: Excellent

Top site, porridge was one of the greatest shows ever,and respect to Ronnie's family and friends after his death today, he will be greatly missed, a legend has passed on.  R.I.P. Mr Barker


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 17:03:07

From: Faye

Rating of this site: Excellent

Ronnie Barker passed away on October 3rd 2005 aged 76.  British comedy has lost a lengendary actor and his talent and wit will be sorely missed.  Hopefully this website will continue to run and pay tribute to a great actor's amazing achievements and life!  I personally feel that the likes of Ronnie Barker will never be seen in comedy again, and he was a one-off talent with so much to give.  RIP the legend, thoughts are with his family at this time.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 14:32:27

From: Ross

Rating of this site: Excellent

After hearing the sad news, my heart goes out to those who knew Ronnie Barker, He will be sadly missed, although now he is gone, he will never be forgotten. God Bless you Ronnie and thank you for making us laugh.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 14:18:24

From: Steve Jones

RIP Ronnie


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 14:03:55

From: Bex

Rating of this site: Excellent

I just heard Ronnie Barker died yesterday and I cried, he was the best comedian in the world and I think we all will miss him very much.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 13:56:13

From: John

Rating of this site: Excellent

It is a very sad day, but his life will forever be immortalised though this fantastic and never to be equalled sit-com.  I hope you continue this site as a tribute to the greatest british comedian

JJ


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 13:24:54

From: Gus

Rating of this site: Good

RIP Ronny!

So sad :(


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 13:12:17

From: Baldie

Rating of this site: Good

R.I.P. Ronnie Barker :(


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 12:51:17

From: Maik Fletcher

Rating of this site: Excellent

I would like to pay my respects to the best comedian I have ever had the pleasure to watch!  Ronnie Barker was a tonic to all of us.  He reached our hearts, made us laugh and will be very sorely missed but never forgotten.  Good-Night from me...


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 12:23:51

From:

Ronnie will be sadly missed.  He was a shining star in the world of commedy.  Bye Ronnie, we'll always love you and your characters x


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 12:20:08

From: Brian McKenna

Rating of this site: Excellent

Another legend gone,thanks for all the laughs and memories!

Ronnie Barker RIP


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 11:48:28

From: Nick Machin

Rating of this site: Excellent

October 4, 2005.  A truly sad day.  Ronnie was one of, if not THE, country's greatest comic actors.  And in my view, Porridge was his finest hour.  Thanks for all the laughs.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 11:38:29

From: Michael Young

Rating of this site: Excellent

Really sad news regarding the death of Ronnie yesterday...he will be missed by me and other Porridge, Open All Hours and Two Ronnies fans everywhere.

RIP RB


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 11:15:27

From: Joe Brady

Rating of this site: Excellent

RIP Ronnie.  Thanks for the laughs.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 11:10:36

From: Wesley Turner

Rating of this site: Excellent

RIP Ron x


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 10:52:25

From: Matt Wilcock

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am writing this on the 4th October 2005.  A very sad day as the longest serving prisoner has finally been released.  We all laughed at his antics, and thank goodness future generations can as well.

This is an excellent site and now a long lasting tribute to the late Ronnie Barker.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 10:51:40

From: Jon

Rating of this site: Excellent

RIP Ronnie Barker!  A sad day in the world of entertainment.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 10:33:19

From: Ian Maxen

Rating of this site: Excellent

Very impressive website.  Looked it up today when I heard that Ronnie Barker had passed away.  One of our finest actors and comedians from the old school.  Porridge will last for decades even after I depart this earth and there are many hollywood stars that adore it too, in the same way they love Benny Hill, Ronnie Barker RIP.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 09:54:30

From: Ali

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just heard the sad news about Ronnie.  Keep the memories alive.


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 09:35:45

From: Mark Morrison

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just heard that Ronnie has passed away.  Goodbye we will miss u


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 09:22:04

From: Mike

Just heard that Ronnie has sadly passed away. RIP - he will be missed :(


Tuesday 4 October 2005 - 09:21:32

From: Adam

Rating of this site: Good

Ronnie Barker has died, he died on the 3rd.

R.I.P ronnie.


Saturday 17 September 2005 - 12:30:57

From: Rita

Rating of this site: Excellent

I think it is good that u put this site out. u learn loadz..  So thanks its very intresting toooo


Saturday 17 September 2005 - 11:07:34

From: Mitchell D Thompson

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thanks for the site.  I got alot of imformation thanks again


Tuesday 13 September 2005 - 15:09:20

From: Chris Pimblett

Rating of this site: Excellent

As I huge fan of the series I was wondering if anyone knows where it is possible to view the scripts from the show on the net?

Been searching everywhere but can't find anything - but in the immortal words of Fletch - "Don't let the b******s grind you down!"

Cheers.


Saturday 27 August 2005 - 09:57:02

From: Chris Walker

Rating of this site: Excellent

I found out what I was looking for, what ever happened to Richard Beckinsale.  Now I know a heart attack at only 31 in 1979, 7 years before I was born.


Saturday 6 August 2005 - 00:48:49

From: David

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am very pleased to have found your website Which is the best one you have there at home.  While I am a fan of porridge and then I have just found your website very interesting indeed.  At home here in Middlesbrough and looking to having a DVD tape of Porridge next week on Saturday this year in 2005 to enjoy watching it as same as normal.

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

KIND REGARDS
David


Wednesday 3 August 2005 - 21:23:12

From: Ma®k

Rating of this site: Excellent

Good show my man. Keep it up!


Thursday 14 July 2005 - 22:21:57

From: Kimberly McConnell

Your website has been very helpful to me.


Thursday 14 July 2005 - 08:58:17

From: Paul J

Rating of this site: Excellent

The full series of Porridge are playing here in New Zealand now on our UKTV pay channel.  The episodes are hilarious, and it is a pleasure to watch such classical and brilliant British Comedy.  Ronnie Barker was a genius without doubt, and it is great to see such humour still popular today.  The main difference betwwen American humour and British humour is that British humour never apologises for the subject matter - Porridge is a great example of this - may it live for ever!


Tuesday 12 July 2005 - 16:32:36

From: Stephen

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hello.  I think the site is very informative and interesting, so Thank You to those responsible for it.


Thursday 7 July 2005 - 21:53:59

From: Bill

Rating of this site: Excellent

GGS.  Gods Greatest Sitcom.  Nothing else comes close


Tuesday 14 June 2005 - 23:32:42

From: Trev

Rating of this site: Good

Nice site.  Didn't know about first episode.


Saturday 11 June 2005 - 03:30:48

From: Marie Pinto

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have the Porridge Series and Christmas Special but would love the first episode Prisoner and Escort and Going Straight.  I am here in Singapore, anyone got any suggestions of where I can get these and if they exist on video and DVD.  Love the programme, just wish they had made more!  Two teenage daughters hooked too.


Saturday 4 June 2005 - 18:47:35

From: Nigel Summers

Rating of this site: Excellent

Would you adam and eve it, it's taken me all this time to find what is a superb site.  Thanks for taking the trouble.  It's well worth it.


Saturday 4 June 2005 - 13:46:36

From: Nick Mansell

Rating of this site: Excellent

well, by far the best and favorite BBC Comedy ever. ronnie is a comic genius. manse


Thursday 12 May 2005 - 21:12:09

From: Paul

Rating of this site: Excellent

Wot a great site!!!  I'm a great fan of this exellent programme got all dvd.  So now I'm going to NAFF OFF :)


Thursday 12 May 2005 - 13:32:01

From: Dave Crawford

Rating of this site: Good

I just wanted to say that Curtis Watts is using your site to research and ask me silly questions about Porridge and he'd better get on with some work and not waste time like this!  I know more about the episodes than he ever will so he'd best concede defeat now.  In fact he's rubbish.  Ya boo sucks !


Tuesday 26 April 2005 - 22:14:27

From: Shane

Rating of this site: Good

Helena, Going Sraight is on UK Gold starting tomorrow night (April 27).  I only found out tonight it existed.  Hoping to try get it on video.  In the episodes section it says Prisoner & Escort is available on the series 2 DVD but I have that and it isn't on it.

Note from porridge Webmaster.  On the Series 2 DVD of Porridge, the episode "Prisoner & Escort" appears in the special features menu.  Here is the proof:

Porridge Series 2 Special Features


Saturday 23 April 2005 - 20:42:09

From: Kim

I'm eleven but I still think porridge is cool + Ronnie Barker is a brill actor!


Friday 22 April 2005 - 14:55:39

From: Ian Russell

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am now 39 and used to watch porridge with my parents when i was a kid.  when i grew up i watched them again and now i love them, including going straight.  uktv gold are constantly showing them and a porridge day is on very soon.  would like to hear from porridge fans to have a chat perhaps.  good looking females welcome.  no scrotes(as fletch would say).


Friday 22 April 2005 - 13:36:05

From: Stephen

Rating of this site: Excellent

Going straight was on uk gold not to long ago im sure the will repeat it again at some point.


Friday 22 April 2005 - 03:23:40

From: Matt

Rating of this site: Excellent

Thank you soooooo much for the recording of "free inside" what a song, I am a total fletch fanatic! =), re; helena, I watched Porridge growing up and it was only recently I even heard about Going Straight, I had to have it, I watched it with dread "how could it be as good?", after one episode, I had the same warm feeling, it was like I had more fletch I never knew existed, like he'd never been away, altho slightly bleaker, fletch is still fletch, with godber, mclaren, mackay and ingrid in episodes it almost makes up for not having the rest of the nick with him, and watch out for nicholas lyndhurst (superb as young raymond), and btw gr8 site, i will be back =)


Thursday 21 April 2005 - 13:29:59

From: Stu Johnson

Rating of this site: Excellent

Fantastic website.  Can someone tell me which episode the following dialogue was in:

[Godber] - You really get up my goat sometimes Fletcher.

[Fletch] - No Godber, I may get your goat, I might get up your nose, I may even get on your wick, but I do not get up your goat.

I love that line. Genius.

Note from porridge Webmaster.  Those lines were taken from the movie of Porridge.


Wednesday 20 April 2005 - 16:26:11

From: Ryan Abbot

Rating of this site: Excellent

The best show ever! Does anyone know who the barman was in the movie?  He is the spitting image of our QA guy at work and would love to track down a picture of him?


Monday 18 April 2005 - 00:41:52

From: Mark

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great Acting And Great Writing, Porridge Is One Of The Best Comedies Ever Made.


Sunday 17 April 2005 - 13:38:44

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

Replying to Helena's question, Going Straight should be shown again at some point on UKTV Gold at some point it has been repeated a few times since the Porridge @ 30 weekend.  Also, you can buy it on DVD in shops for as little as 9! Its good, but not as brilliant as Porridge but then again nothing ever can be can it?  It's cool to know that there r other young fans who adore Ronnie Barker and Porrigde!  I'm only 14 meself, and all me friend dnt watch porridge and a lot of them only know Ronnie B as one of the two Ronnies and @ that they dnt even kno which one he is!


Thursday 7 April 2005 - 18:57:43

From: Helena

Rating of this site: Good

Does any1 hav any idea if Going Straight is going 2 be shown on telly again?  I have comments from my family that it isn't half as good as Porridge but I'd still luv 2 c it 2 judge 4 myself.  Any ideas?


Thursday 7 April 2005 - 18:48:03

From: Helena

Rating of this site: Good

I am 12 years old but I have loved Porridge since I saw my very first episode a few years ago and I think that, along with Only Fools and Horses, it is one of the best programmes ever made.  Ronnie Barker is a brilliant actor but it's a pity there aren't more episodes.  I enjoyed the Porridge @ 30 weekend on UKTV Gold, but I have never seen Going Straight as i don't think they are showing reruns of it on any channel.  This website is good, but it would be better if it had a few Quizzes and Games to brighten it up!


Saturday 2 April 2005 - 01:47:07

From: Ryan

Rating of this site: Blank

I'm 17 but I discovered Porridge on UKGold around a year ago.  My two favourite programs are Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen Pet, and I was surprised to find out they're written by the same people.

I have a question: Does Ronnie Barker do the voiceover ("Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges...") at the start of Porridge?

Note from Porridge Webmaster - In answer to Ryan's question the answer is yes, it is Ronnie Barker sentencing himself.


Sunday 13 March 2005 - 13:16:41

From: John Dair

Rating of this site: Excellent

Dear sir, after reading through your website I am greatly impressed by the amount of data you have gathered.  I was "Crusher" in the series, and although I am not in the best of health, I would love to answer any questions you may have.


Thursday 10 March 2005 - 22:05:17

From: Mark Roberts

Rating of this site: Excellent

Fantastic site.  Love the programme.  Currently looking for the DVD box set of the series.


Thursday 10 March 2005 - 12:27:08

From: Graham Collom

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent site for an excellent programme.


Tuesday 8 March 2005 - 13:48:43

From: Stevo Shipp

Rating of this site: Excellent

Porridge best comedy ever.


Monday 28 February 2005 - 14:38:56

From: Rob Lewis

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.laurelandhardy.org

I am a long standing fan of Ronnie Barker in his many different shows.  So this site was a treat.  I don't know if many readers know, but Ronnie did a half hour show with Roy Castle (as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy), it was a brilliant tribute to Stan and Ollie.  We published and interview with Ronnie in a recent Laurel and Hardy Magazine.


Sunday 13 February 2005 - 17:09:05

From: John Sturat

Rating of this site: Good

Well done!


Saturday 12 February 2005 - 22:23:52

From: Napper Wainright

Rating of this site: Excellent

left right left right(H) this site is pure class (H)


Thursday 10 February 2005 - 21:33:26

From: Lelaina

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hey Ian, Great site!  Am a porridge fan for YEARS and this is a home to me!  Keep it up please you're doing all the inmates their fans a huge favour.  An honourable job to have eh?


Friday 28 January 2005 - 16:58:46

From: Doive

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website www.partsforolderchickens.tk

I was glued to the Porridge @ 30 weekend over Christmas at my parents' house (they have digital, I don't!).  Never watched a whole episode before this only being 23 (think I may have seen a few in the late eighties), but it beats all the other present day sitcoms hands down.  The writing is magnificent, and the acting and delivery by Barker and Beckinsale bring the humour to life.  Never knew until I visited this site that it is available on DVD, so that's a definite buy for me. Great website, very enjoyable too.


Sunday 23 January 2005 - 11:41:33

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

In response to Martin's comments about repeated gags I can think of a couple.  In the episode "New Faces Old Hands" when Fletcher is asked to fill the sample flask his reply is "what, from here?".  Clement and La Frenais were involved in scripting the Bond film "Never Say never Again" and Connery's Bond has the same line.

There is also a line from Barker who says "Of course I trust you Godber.  Besides, when you were all in the showers I went through all your gear."  This line was also used by Oz in Auf Wiedesehen Pet.

Does anyone know of any others?


Saturday 22 January 2005 - 00:22:17

From: Martin

Rating of this site: Excellent

Caught one afternoon of Porridge @ 30 over Christmas.  BRILL!!  I've been a fan since the beginning (When I was 10!!)  So I can confirm that the comedy stands up as a child and an adult.  The Movie is by far the best ever TV spin off film.  As mentioned on the website, some ideas for the movie were "lifted" from the series.  However, there is a scene in one episode between Warren and Fletch where they refer to a fellow inmate "Lugless Douglas .  Clement and La Frenais also wrote a scene in an episode of "Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads" where Bob and Terry discuss an old school friend called  Lugless Douglas . I know this makes me a bit of a dork, but does anyone know of any other recycled gags!


Saturday 15 January 2005 - 22:01:26

From: Jade

Yeah it was brill 2 have Porridge on over Xmas.  And I was delighted 2 get Going Straight on DVD. :) I was just wondering does anyone know anything about Ronnie Barker coming out of retirement and the new series of the Two Ronnies?


Thursday 13 January 2005 - 08:57:25

From: Jimmy Fletcher

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hello Boss.  Came across this site when I needed to find Biggins character name and was surprised to find I share his birthday.  Nothing Lukewarm about that!  Great work, have always loved the show and not just because of the name conection or the fact that I eventually lived in Muswell Hill for five years.  Thinking of that shouldn't there be a statue of Fletch situated there?  Cheers Boss.


Sunday 9 January 2005 - 12:36:01

From: Ian (Porridge Webmaster)

Godber was in a boxing match in the episode "The Harder They Fall" in Series 2.


Thursday 6 January 2005 - 18:45:59

From: Lee Keohane

Rating of this site: Excellent

Does any one know what episode it was when Godber was in a boxing match?


Wednesday 5 January 2005 - 09:10:13

From: Martin Burgess

Rating of this site: Excellent

I got all the DVDs for Christmas (including the Christmas specials and the movie).  I'd always preferred Open All Hours, but now I've spent days watching non-stop Porridge my opinion has changed!  I'm now a fully fledged Beckinsale fan, so I'll be buying the complete set of Rising Damp as well.  My favourite Porridge moment is probably when Fletcher and Godber break back into the prison in the movie.  Fantastic stuff.


Monday 3 January 2005 - 00:46:37

From: David Daley

Rating of this site: Excellent

Brilliant, one of the best TV shows ever and one of the best sites that I have seen that does it Justice.


Saturday 1 January 2005 - 18:40:37

From: Kirsty

Rating of this site: Excellent

I love it and I can watch it all day I laugh so much when it's on.


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