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Going Straight

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BBC (ended 1978)

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Going Straight

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A short-lived spin off series from the clasic 70's sitcom Porridge! It was never expected and eventually never did live up to Porridge and only made 1 six episode series before it was cancelled. Fletcher has left prison on parole after serving three years, eight months and four days, and is trying to come to terms with life outside again. His wife has left him and he shares his home with his son Raymond and his daughter Ingrid, who is dating his former cell-mate Lenny Godber.
Ronnie Barker

Ronnie Barker

Norman Stanley Fletcher 1978 - 1978

Richard Beckinsale

Richard Beckinsale

Lennie Godber 1978 - 1978

Nicholas Lyndhurst

Nicholas Lyndhurst

Raymond Fletcher 1978 - 1978

Rowena Cooper

Rowena Cooper

Mrs Shirley Chapman 1978 - 1978

Patricia Brake

Patricia Brake

Ingrid Fletcher 1978 - 1978

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  • Going Straight is often thought of as a failed sequel to Porridge. But it would help to think of the show as an epilogue to Porridge.

    8.0
    By the time the show was written Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement and Ronnie Barker had the mind of Fletcher down to a tee. This in itself made the series superb - with some of the finest writing and acting to adorn our T.V. screens. But there is a more important point to 'Going Straight.' Although 'Porridge' tried to relate the daily grind of prison life it was, by it's very nature, a comedy programme. Fletcher's spirit, intelligence, humour and status inside 'Slade' almost made you want to commit a felony and go and join him. However, once outside he became a 'nobody.' The writers cleverly showed that outside a prison Fletcher was on life's bottom rung - on course for a life of menial work, low status and even lower pay. Fletcher finds himself very frustrated at the lack of opportunities for ex-cons, especially at his age, and this comes through in the series quite strongly. Personally, I admired him in 'Porridge' and pitied him in 'Going Straight.' In 'Porridge' it was often referred to that the system can't be beaten. 'Going Straight' showed that even after having served time for crimes the system still controls your destiny.moreless
  • Whilst not Porridge still had some great moments. Godber and Fletch together again

    7.9
    It some ways it was a pity that they decided to live on the glories of Porridge. That said who would have passed up on pairing up the great partnership of Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsdale? It would have been nice had the found another comedy vehicle for them to play in and it would have been fantastic to keep the writing talents of Ian and Dick as well. So they made it part way there. If Richard hadn't have died at such a regretablly young age we have seen the two together again. Maybe he would have played Granville and not David Jason.



    Anyway back to reviewing the show. Yes there were hacknied moments and the show never lived up to it's potential (sadly Brian Connelly tried to make the show again and it was so bad I've blanked the title from my memory. Losing the confines of Slade prison probably gave the show too much freedom and because of this it floundered at times. It worked on some levels probably because it kept some of the main characters, even McKaye made an appearance. Without Barraclough, Luke Warm, McClaren (okay a brief appearance in ep 1) et al it failed to to find a place in the public heart.



    Whilst I can't watch it over and over in the same way as I can watch Porridge anew with every screening it does have some golden moments; Fletcher ending up digging the garden on a new housing estate looking for his buried loot, buying the love birds in the last episode only to set them free (only for them to be killed by next door's cat) and Godber asking Fletch to be his best man brings a tear to my eye.







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