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Prisoner and Escort 

Fletcher and his escorts - Mr Barrowclough and Mr Mackay - make the journey on New Year's Eve from London up to Slade Prison in Cumberland.


James Gilbert (uncredited)


Dick Clement (by), Ian La Frenais (by)




Episode cast overview:
Ronnie Barker ... Norman Stanley Fletcher
Brian Wilde ... Mr. Barrowclough
Fulton Mackay ... Mr. Mackay
Hamish Roughead Hamish Roughead ... Prison Guard


Career criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher is on a train with prison officers MacKay,a martinet,and the kindly Mr. Barraclough,on his way to serve a five year sentence at Slade prison. An opportunist, Fletch knows he can keep Barraclough sweet but that MacKay is a tough nut to crack. After Fletch has weed in the prison van's petrol tank,meaning it won't start,MacKay goes for help while Barraclough and Fletch shelter in a cottage and have a heart-to-heart,which makes Barraclough feel better. He falls asleep and Fletch tries to escape but ends up back at the cottage. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

1 April 1973 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ystrad Mynach, Wales, UK See more »

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This episode is an extra feature on the "Porridge - Series Two" DVD. See more »


Fletch: [referring to Mackay] Otherwise you'd wait until we'd got up a bit of speed out of Hemel Hempstead, then chuck me out the window and put it down as attempted escape.
Barrowclough: Oh, he wouldn't do that.
Fletch: Nah, I suppose not. He couldn't spell Hemel Hempstead, he'd wait until we'd got to Rugby!
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Time for Porridge
15 March 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This 7 of 1 anthology serves as the pilot for comedy series Porridge. Here we meet for the first time, habitual criminal and scamp Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker.)

Prisoner and Escort sees Fletcher being escorted to jail in Cumbria by the hard nosed Mr MacKay (Fulton McKay)and the more weaker and liberal Mr Barrowclough (Brian Wilde.)

We already quickly have the character set up before we even reach Slade prison and meet the other inmates such as Godber.

On the train journey Fletcher is already goading and needling the stern MacKay but engages better with Barrowclough with a view of taking advantage of his softer side. When Fletcher is about to transfer into the prison van, he manages to urinate into the fuel tank resulting in the van to breakdown in the countryside.

With McKay going on foot to seek help, the other two find an empty farmhouse and he manages to cajole Barrowclough to undo his handcuffs with the aim of doing a midnight flit.

From the work go, this is an entertaining and funny show. Maybe because even though I watched the pilot for the first time, the characters were familiar to me.

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