Porridge 2006 Archive Guest Bookguest

Welcome to my 2006 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.

Saturday 30 December 2006 - 19:37:28

From: Kevin - Cardiff

Rating of this site: Excellent

A very well thought out website to honour a great program, very well set out and worded.  Very easy to use and helped me a great deal.

Just finished my collection of all the Porridge collection with the 2 christmas specials.

Congratulations to the makes of a very good website. 10/10

Monday 25 December 2006 - 17:47:52

From: Ifzal

Rating of this site: Excellent

Fantastic site mate about a great show. My favourite episode of Porridge has got to be the one with David Jason and that bloke digging up Leeds United's ground! Comedy GOLD! Keep up the good work!

Friday 22 December 2006 - 20:24:49

From: Tony

Rating of this site: Excellent

Excellent site, Ian. Very well done.

Porridge is part of my childhood. I was a bit young to remember it when it was first shown, but when it was re-shown on BBC in the early to mid 1980s my brother taped all the episodes (this was before the days when BBC Videos were sold, and LONG before UKGold!) and we used to watch them all the time.

Porridge was/is brilliant. I don't need to tell that to anyone on this site. But I also think it had a real impact on my developemnt as I grew up. I mean it certainly did on my sense of humour (for which I am grateful!) But I also think it influenced my use of language etc. It is an 'intelligent' show, and that rubs off I think on people watching it.

Anyway, just wanted to say that. It's really nice to be able to talk about it with other fans. I have such fondness for the show and for everyone associated with it. Its great to see it re-run all the time (including as I type this) on UKGold.



P.S. Oh, and to the guy below who is asking about the special '20 years on' episode which had Fletcher running a pub... This was a thing on BBC a few years ago (maybe it was the Christmas/New Year period in 1999/2000 - just at the turn of the milennium?) which showed a number of classic TV characters 25 years on. One was Margot Leadbetter from The Good Life, and one was indeed Norman Stanley Fletcher.

So it wasn't an 'episode' as such.

Sunday 17 December 2006 - 17:32:04

From: Garry

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great site about a great show.  Being a Prison officer myself, I can honestly tell you that when people ask me what prison is really like I just say "Porridge", forget anything else you have seen or heard.  I shall continue to look in on the site whenever I can.

Saturday 2 December 2006 - 19:45:51

From: Dougie

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.freewebs.com/robinaskwith

Great website, fantastic tribute to one of the best comedies ever on TV.  Bought all the DVD's and a few weeks ago finally found Going Straight - watching them reinforces what a dearth we now have in British TV comedy.

Keep up the good work!

Thursday 30 November 2006 - 21:24:41

From: Steve W

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great to find a website dedicated to, in my opinion, the greatest British comedy of all time.  Well done!

Thursday 23 November 2006 - 18:48:46

From: Richie

Rating of this site: Excellent

I play episodes of Porridge at least once a week as I have such fond memories of the programme and all the characters and episodes.

It still never stops amusing me and you just do not find the same comedy in television now and it is a gem from the 1970's that shines above anything that new comedy writers can come up with.

Ronnie Barker a star that continues to shine ever brighter in everything he touched and I miss his this calibre of comedy.

Your site brings this classic comedy to new and old fans alike and I thank you.

Friday 22 September 2006 - 18:25:24

From: Coolin Wimble

Rating of this site: Excellent

There was and will only be one ronnie barker, I have just read his autobiography, the man was a legend, can someone let me know if they did a porridge programme with fletcher 20 years on, running a pub, fletcher was a icon to millions. I would love to get it. someone help please. i read in a book that he did a one off? can,t find anywhere , thanks . please email at robynwimble@hotmail.com , with an answer .

Friday 22 September 2006 - 17:54:52

From: Ryan Brown

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am a big fan of Porridge and this site is a credit to the show it is great.

I was wondering if there was any chance I could be e-mailed a script?? I am coming up to starring in a theatre production of Porridge and would like to read a script or two.  It would be much appreciated thank you very much.  If possible thank you.  If not that is OK. Ryan R.I.P Ronnie!

Saturday 16 September 2006 - 21:33:36

From: Swampy

Rating of this site: Good

Good site, and a nice tribute to something close to my heart, namely Ronnie Barker and Porridge, both are excellent and will remain so, for many years to come.

The only sad thing is, that Fletcher is on permanent porridge duty, along with Godber :(

Tuesday 12 September 2006 - 19:22:46

From: Shaz

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'm 16 and my older brother got me hooked on porridge.  I have both boxsets (dvd and the video versions) love it.  Watch it all the time!!

ronnie was a brill actor. shame there isnt anymore series. ='[

anyways.. a brill programme. =]

Tuesday 12 September 2006 - 06:52:49

From: Glenn

Rating of this site: Excellent

FANTASTIC Great to see someone has a site we can read good things and reviews about one of the great comedys of all time..

Thursday 7 September 2006 - 20:17:30

From: Helen Stear

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'm trying to rally fans of Porridge to get on the www.cjsonline.gov.uk/insidejustice website to vote for Mr Barrowclough on their POLL for Britains favourite justice character.  Tip - you can vote every day!  He's languishing in 7th place, so get on there and vote before they close the poll.

Tuesday 29 August 2006 - 13:01:15

From: Helen

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hello Porridge fans!

I just wanted to let you know that you have a chance to get Mr Barrowclough from Porridge voted as the greatest British justice character of all time.

Follow the link below and vote on the poll - Mr Barrowclough is currently languishing with a lousy 3% of the vote, with Sherlock Holmes out in front with 56%.  Let's get voting and make sure Mr Barrowclough gets the recognition he deserves!

You can find the online vote at: http://insidejustice.cjsonline.gov.uk

Tuesday 22 August 2006 - 17:25:46

From: Sally

Rating of this site: Excellent

What is the name of the prison featured in the film?

Sunday 21 May 2006 - 12:49:05

From: Frank Cooke

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: www.goldonian.org

Anybody know about the screenwriters for porridge?  Does the name Frank Norman appear, of Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be fame?  I know he wrote a few sketches for The Two Ronnies but I am unable to find names of screenwriters for Porridge, or he could have been an adviser??

Regarding Porridge a TV show you can watch and watch again in a few weeks and still love every moment.  If only the BBC could find this magic again.

An excellent web site about a very funny man and excellent actor.

Monday 8 May 2006 - 15:16:49

From: Andrew

Rating of this site: Excellent

I'm only 18 but I love Porridge not to mention Going Straight.  Actually all of Ronnie Barker's work but my fav is Porridge.  Love the site.

If you're interested I've typed the Going Straight lyrics since I found them nowhere else online.  Email me and I'll send them for the site.

Note from Porridge Webmaster: Andrew sent the lyrics in and you can get hold of them by clicking here.

Sunday 7 May 2006 - 10:54:24

From: Andrew Lee

Rating of this site: Excellent

I am a true Porridge fan, love every episode.  I have got them all on DVD now as well as the film and Going Stright.  Also have the books, well written and researched.  Fletcher and Godber great characters, I can watch them over and over again, they don't make commedy shows like that anymore.  20th Century Classics!!!!

Wednesday 3 May 2006 - 22:31:47

From: Gideon Jackman

Rating of this site: Excellent

I have been a fan of Ronnie Barker and David Jason for years and this website is brilliant?  I don't go a day without watching clip from porridge & Only fools and horses, but for some unknown reason I have watched the episode of Porridge called Disturbing the Peace and it has caused me to say to myself and my friends at work 'eciffo emoh laitnedifnoc'??? it took them long enough to work that out as well???? many thanks gideon jackman


Sunday 16 April 2006 - 23:09:57

From: Woody

What a fantastic site!!  I Found it by accident while looking to buy a dvd but what a find.  I was only 2 when Porridge was first shown but no matter how many times i watch it i still laugh.

keep up the good work and "don't let the b####### grind you down !!!!!!!!



Saturday 15 April 2006 - 16:49:06

From: Ben G

Rating of this site: Excellent

this site really pay tribute to the excellent actors and writers of porridge just wanted to say well done really so well done lol

Thursday 13 April 2006 - 06:36:29

From: Clay Halford

Rating of this site: Excellent

Easily the best Britcom ever.  How it came only 7th is a travesty.  Only discovered Porridge last year when I watched an episode with my dad (may have been A Day Out) - became irrevocably hooked.  Mr Mackay has to be one of the great characters in ANY TV show - sitcom or otherwise.  My favourite episode is 'New Faces, Old Hands', if only for "What, from here?".

Johnny Vaughn put forward 20 reasons why Porridge is Britain's best sitcom.  I can think of 21 off the top of my head (the 18 episodes, two Christmas specials and Prisoner and Escort) - the great thing about all of them is that they're inherently rewatchable time and time again.  Although I do think the third series tailed off a little in comparison to the first two...

One other thing I didn't see anywhere here - there are some continuity errors. In 'Ways and Means', McLaren says he's in for 3 years. Yet in 'Going Home', he's still doing time while Fletch leaves "3 years, 8 months and 4 days" later.  Which, considering he went inside in September 1974, means he would have been out in May 1978.  But when he runs into Mr Mackay on the train, Mr Mackay's APRIL birthday is approaching!  Also, Mr Mackay's birthday changes from April 25 in 'Disturbing the Peace' to April 23 in 'Going Home'. Wow I can ramble...

Finally - I think adding more detailed synopses of each episode as well as the 2-line summaries would be a great addition to this site.

Love the place, Love Porridge, and hopefully Fletch and Godber are keeping on the straight and narrow upstairs.

Sunday 26 March 2006 - 21:06:34

From: Lewis

Rating of this site: Excellent

Recently, Sam Kelly, who played "Bunny" Warren in Porridge, was on Midsomer Murders the other week.  I can't remember who he was but my mum made me watch it.

Thought ya might want to know

Lewis (with a "L")

Friday 24 March 2006 - 23:01:03

From: Derek Rookley

Rating of this site: Excellent

As the first person due to play Fletch on stage in the U.K. I can honestly say this site is spot on.  It is run by someone who loves the series as much as me.  Please will all fans try to pop along to Tring in June, and they will be made more than welcome.  For more details E mail me at rookers@tesco.net "whats an isthmus?"

Wednesday 15 March 2006 - 12:44:44

From: Andrew Alexander

Rating of this site: Excellent

Brilliant, Came accross it by accident, then stayed a while. Always been a fan of Porridge.

Site is Great.

Tuesday 14 March 2006 - 18:57:48

From: Ryan

Rating of this site: Excellent

Great site, and thanks for the info on the characters! Much appreciated!

Thursday 9 March 2006 - 04:39:24

From: Beth

Rating of this site: Excellent

It's good to know there's another Porridge fan out there. My favourite actors are: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, and Fulton Mackay. Mackay is just phoenomenal.

Tuesday 28 February 2006 - 15:43:06

From: Jade

Rating of this site: Excellent

With regards to what Liz was asking about Particia Brake, I just thought that I would add that, Liz, Particia Brake recently appeared in Coronation Street as Viv Baldwin. (Danny's mother) Hope that's helpful :) Yeah, Tom that is quite scary I noticed that too. Richard, I think that was filmed somewhere in Cumberland, but Im not sure? Anyone know?
Jade xx

Saturday 25 February 2006 - 16:23:15

From: Robert Sterland

Rating of this site: Good

Whats the first names of Fletcher in Porridge

Note from Porridge Webmaster: His full name was Norman Stanley Fletcher.

Tuesday 21 February 2006 - 14:45:50

From: Liz Cory

Rating of this site: Good

Does anyone know the acress called Patricia ? who played Ingrid fletcher in Porridge?

Note from Porridge Webmaster: Ingrid was played by Patricia Brake.

Monday 20 February 2006 - 09:14:52

From: Tom the Aussie

Rating of this site: Good

Has anybody out there realised in the Episode: Just Desserts Season 2 Ep 1 that Ives mentions "ronnie arkwright"

Think about it
Ronnie Barker and His Character for Open All Hours 'Arkwright'


Great site

Friday 3 February 2006 - 16:46:58

From: Martin

Rating of this site: Excellent

Just to let you all know the complete scripts of Porridge are going cheap at the moment in most 'The Works' book stores, I think 3.99 is the tag instead of 9.99 and comes with complete character bios and goodies.

Sunday 29 January 2006 - 18:33:20

From: Martin

Rating of this site: Excellent

The ONLY source for the best sitcom ever, this site is a must for any Porridge fan!  Sir, I tip my hat to you.  Now I gotta go, Mackay and a couple of screws are comin!!!!

Friday 27 January 2006 - 20:44:34

From: lewis

Rating of this site: Excellent

answers to the questions

1) the Porridge Xmas specials are available on dvd at about a tenner most places.

2)the line "born free... till somebody caught me" is in the episode no peace for the wicked as far as I know but I'm not sure.

Hope I've bin of help to u lot

lewis (with a "l")

Thursday 26 January 2006 - 00:36:55

From: Sean Brady

Rating of this site: Excellent

Website: http://www.gene-watson.com

My name is Sean Brady & I live in Oldcastle, Co. Meath in the Republic of Ireland.  I "stumbled" across your excellent Porridge website, which I think is a superb online resource.  The site is obviously a labour of love for you - the style & content of the site is truly a credit to you.

I am a great fan of Porridge and feel that it was/is one of the finest comedy series ever to have graced British television screens.  I was born in July 1965, so I fondly remember the series being screened the first time around & feel that it was a vital part of my growing up.  Oh, the joy of being able to receive English TV in Ireland in the 1970s!  I was deeply saddened by the death of the oh-so-talented Ronnie Barker in October 2005 - he is already sorely missed.  I plan to add the complete DVD version of Porridge to my collection soon - I'm putting up with repeats on UKTV Gold at the moment.

That's more or less it, Ian.  I simply wanted to sign your Guestbook and praise your website.

Tuesday 24 January 2006 - 00:09:10

From: Peter Funksterminerrgotimhimmel

Rating of this site: Not Bad

Porridge was only good because they produce so much crap nowadays thats why they keep repeating those seventies sitcoms.  When they work out that to have a comedy you need actors who are funny then we might get somewhere.  The only trouble is, are there any ones left?  Most of them look down on comedy as rock stars look down on pop stars.  Anyway I write for money and I'm not getting paid so adios amigios.

Tuesday 17 January 2006 - 20:59:49

From: Richard Williams

Can anyone tell me where they filmed The prisoner & escort, the part where the van breaks down

Monday 16 January 2006 - 11:49:59

From: Nicky Nunney

Rating of this site: Excellent

I will be 18 years old in February, and I was brought up on Porridge.  My favourite episode is "men without women" especially the scene when Fletch is trying to wind Mr Mackay up and finally manages it when he says "stand by your bed, 2, 3, knickers down!" pure genius!  Every episode has me in stiches.  Fab website by the way.

Tuesday 3 January 2006 - 13:48:52

From: Amy Pointon

Rating of this site: Excellent

Hi, I was born in 1977 so I missed Porridge the first time around, however I caught the odd edisode on telly and asked my brother to buy me all the dvd's for xmas.  I used to have a social life but I've spent much of my xmas hols glued to the t.v. watching episode after episode..my fave being "The harder they fall" especially for Fletch's hilarious antics in the ring.

I wonder if any other Porridge fans could let me know how to get my hands on the xmas specials..are these available on dvd?

Brill website by the way!

Monday 2 January 2006 - 15:00:36

From: Tom

Rating of this site: Not Bad

Porridge is obviously a masterclass in comedy.  A question I have is, in which episode did Fletcher quote the following?

'born free...till somebody caught me'?

Im dying to find out!


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