This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the ...
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This prison comedy is based on the popular British television series of the same name. Long time Slade prison inmate Fletcher is ordered by Grouty to arrange a football match between the prisoners and an all-star celebrity team. Fletcher is unaware that the match is only a diversion so that an escape can take place. When Fletcher and his cell mate Lennie stumble on the escape, they are taken along, and find themselves having to break back into prison to avoid getting into trouble.Written by
Tony Osoba had enjoyed his time in the TV series so was desperate to appear in the film in some capacity despite being involved in the filming of a television show during production of this film. He was finally able to wangle a couple of days off the television show and managed to play his character of 'McLaren' for two days of filming. As this was relatively short notice for the film makers they weren't able to incorporate him in the main story in time but they did include him as one the players in the football match and in the dressing room prior to the kick-off. See more »
HM Prison Slade's interiors looks a bit different from the TV series since they were filmed in a real jail, HMP Chelmsford, which was empty at the time. The prison interiors in the series were filmed in Elstree Studios, on a specially created set. See more »
What is odd about this film is that i didnt know it existed.There are many spin off films made from British Comedy series's such as Steptoe and Son , On The Buses and Are You Being Served all of which are shown at christmas at far too shorter intervals and all are far inferior to the actual TV shows. Porridge is different. This has hardly ever been seen on TV and is very funny , even funnier than the TV series. Ronnie Barker has a fantastic knack of comedy timing. When he delivers the punch lines you cant help but smile or in the case of this film laugh out loud. The film is very true to the programme and has all the characters we have grown to love over the years.The story is nothing spectacular but it does not need to be because the interaction between wardens and lags is what makes the film. This is one of the best comedy series to film i have ever seen. 8 out of 10.
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