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From: Clay Halford

Thursday 13 Apr 2006 at 06:36

I think this website is 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.


From: Lewis

Sunday 26 Mar 2006 at 21:06

I think this website is 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")


From: Derek Rookley

Friday 24 Mar 2006 at 23:01

I think this website is 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?"


From: Andrew Alexander

Wednesday 15 Mar 2006 at 12:44

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Ryan

Tuesday 14 Mar 2006 at 18:57

I think this website is Excellent

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


From: Beth

Thursday 09 Mar 2006 at 04:39

I think this website is 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.


From: Jade

Tuesday 28 Feb 2006 at 15:43

I think this website is 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?


From: Robert Sterland

Saturday 25 Feb 2006 at 16:23

I think this website is Good

Whats the first names of Fletcher in Porridge Note from Porridge Webmaster: His full name was Norman Stanley Fletcher.


From: Liz Cory

Tuesday 21 Feb 2006 at 14:45

I think this website is Good

Does anyone know the acress called Patricia ? who played Ingrid fletcher in Porridge? Note from Porridge Webmaster: Ingrid was played by Patricia Brake.


From: Tom the Aussie

Monday 20 Feb 2006 at 09:14

I think this website is Good

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


From: Martin

Friday 03 Feb 2006 at 16:46

I think this website is Excellent


From: Martin

Sunday 29 Jan 2006 at 18:33

I think this website is 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!!!!


From: lewis

Friday 27 Jan 2006 at 20:44

I think this website is 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")


From: Sean Brady

Thursday 26 Jan 2006 at 00:36

I think this website is 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.


From: Peter Funksterminerrgotimhimmel

Tuesday 24 Jan 2006 at 00:09

I think this website is 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.


From: Richard Williams

Tuesday 17 Jan 2006 at 20:59

I think this website is BLANK

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


From: Nicky Nunney

Monday 16 Jan 2006 at 11:49

I think this website is 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.


From: Amy Pointon

Tuesday 03 Jan 2006 at 13:48

I think this website is 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!


From: Tom

Monday 02 Jan 2006 at 15:00

I think this website is BLANK

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! cheers


From: Bryan Johnston

Saturday 10 Dec 2005 at 23:18

I think this website is 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.


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