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From: Lee Keohane

Thursday 06 Jan 2005 at 18:45

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Martin Burgess

Wednesday 05 Jan 2005 at 09:10

I think this website is 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.


From: David Daley

Monday 03 Jan 2005 at 00:46

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Kirsty

Saturday 01 Jan 2005 at 18:40

I think this website is BLANK

Rating of this site: Excellent I love it and I can watch it all day I laugh so much when it's on.


From: Lee

Friday 31 Dec 2004 at 16:58

I think this website is 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.


From: Matthew Williams

Thursday 30 Dec 2004 at 23:54

I think this website is 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


From: Clive

Monday 27 Dec 2004 at 06:51

I think this website is Excellent

Best thing on the box.


From: Terry Leach

Monday 27 Dec 2004 at 00:57

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Ray

Sunday 26 Dec 2004 at 20:46

I think this website is Excellent

Porridge is the best British comedy ever


From: Lauren

Thursday 23 Dec 2004 at 22:38

I think this website is 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!!!


From: Bill

Thursday 23 Dec 2004 at 19:05

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Emma

Friday 17 Dec 2004 at 11:48

I think this website is 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.


From: Alex Prior

Friday 17 Dec 2004 at 10:30

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Suspicious Old Scrote

Wednesday 08 Dec 2004 at 17:39

I think this website is 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.


From: Philip Tully

Monday 06 Dec 2004 at 22:10

I think this website is 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.


From: Anonymous

Wednesday 24 Nov 2004 at 15:45

I think this website is 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?"


From: Alan Honeybill

Thursday 18 Nov 2004 at 14:50

I think this website is 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!


From: Garry Beech

Sunday 14 Nov 2004 at 21:59

I think this website is Good

Website: www.geocities.com/beverleybeck Very good site


From: Anonymous

Tuesday 02 Nov 2004 at 14:29

I think this website is 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.


From: Ad Powley

Monday 01 Nov 2004 at 14:18

I think this website is 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?


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