TV Review – PORRIDGE: SERIES ONE (2017)

Porridge Series 1 [2017] [DVD] [2016]Porridge: Series One (2017; UK; Colour; 6 x 30m) ***½ pr. Richard Webb; d.  Dominic Brigstocke; w. Dick Clement, Ian Le Frenais.  Cast: Kevin Bishop, Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar, Dominic Coleman, Jason Barnett, Colin Hoult, Harman Singh, Colin McFarlane, Daniel Fearn, Rory Gallagher, Ricky Grover, Harry Peacock, Pippa Haywood, Zahra Ahmadi.  Bishop stars as Nigel Norman Fletcher, the grandson of Ronnie Barker’s Norman Stanley Fletcher from the original series, who is in prison for cyber crimes. Highly enjoyable and old-fashioned comedy that benefits from original scriptwriters Clement and Le Frenais, even if they have recycled some plot lines and jokes from their original scripts. Characters have been re-tooled and the show retains the feel of the the classic series. Bishop is excellent as the wisecracking Fletcher whilst Bonar and Coleman provide affectionate tributes to Fulton MacKay and Brian Wilde. [12]

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