History Series / Porridge

16th Feb '17 7:12:22 PM Outis
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SpinoffSendoff: In the first episode Fletcher says goodbye to McLaren (the only one of his friends from ''Porridge'' still in Slade) before he gets out and catches the train to London. Then Mr Mackay turns out to be on the same train.
7th Jan '17 1:59:48 PM missmoon
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* ReformedButRejected: PlayedWith, but ultimately averted. Fletcher's efforts to go straight are sincere, but, doomed to a life of low paying menial work and surrounded by temptation, he almost becomes this but decides to stay on the straight. The specials confirm that he never went back to prison and happily enjoyed his quiet retirement until his death.

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* ReformedButRejected: PlayedWith, but ultimately averted. Fletcher's efforts to go straight are sincere, but, doomed to a life of low paying menial work and surrounded by temptation, he almost becomes this but decides to stay on the straight. The specials confirm 2016 special confirms that he never went back to prison and [[EarnYourHappyEnding happily enjoyed his quiet retirement retirement]] until his death.
7th Jan '17 1:56:08 PM missmoon
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7th Jan '17 1:53:50 PM missmoon
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** Nigel Fletcher, compared to his grandfather Norman Fletcher. While inheriting his quick wit and a good portion of his savvy, Nigel is young and still learning about being incarnated, compared to his grandfather (being an a habitual criminal and ExperiencedProtagonist). Likewise, unlike his grandfather (who was BookDumb but very StreetSmart and a cunning manipulator), Nigel is highly intelligent, being an accomplished cybercriminal, managing to build a device to remotely hack into the system from inside his cell and even quoting TheOtherWiki from memory. He is, nevertheless a fast learner though.
** Joe Lotterby, compared to Leonard Gober, who was young, idealistic and naive, having never been to prison before. Lotterby is a cynical (but cheerful and harmless) TheOldConvict, who is knows several tricks about being imprisoned, but is still quite BookDumb, especially compared to the more academically interested Godber.

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** Nigel Fletcher, compared to his grandfather Norman Fletcher. While inheriting his quick wit and a good portion of his savvy, Nigel is young and still learning about being incarnated, incarcerated, compared to his grandfather (being an a habitual criminal and ExperiencedProtagonist). Likewise, unlike his grandfather (who was BookDumb but very StreetSmart and a cunning manipulator), Nigel is highly intelligent, being an accomplished cybercriminal, managing to build a device to remotely hack into the system from inside his cell and even quoting TheOtherWiki from memory. He is, nevertheless a fast learner though.
** Joe Lotterby, compared to Leonard Gober, Godber, who was young, idealistic and naive, having never been to prison before. Lotterby is a cynical (but cheerful and harmless) TheOldConvict, who is knows several tricks about being imprisoned, but is still quite BookDumb, especially compared to the more academically interested Godber.
1st Jan '17 12:43:16 PM Aurelian
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* ExactWords: An exchange between Mackay and Fletcher:
-->'''Mackay''': "Alright Fletcher, just don't let me catch you thieving!"
-->'''Fletcher''': "I won't."
-->'''Mackay''': "You won't what?"
-->'''Fletcher''': "I won't let you catch me Mr Mackay!"
1st Jan '17 12:23:18 PM MGD107
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* "Lukewarm" - Crime and sentence unknown but shown to be able to steal a man's watch off his wrist.

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* "Lukewarm" - Crime and sentence unknown but shown to be able to steal a man's watch off his wrist.wrist with a handshake.



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1st Jan '17 12:21:21 PM MGD107
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* Nigel Fletcher, compared to his grandfather Norman Fletcher. While inheriting his quick wit and a good portion of his savvy, Nigel is young and still learning about being incarnated, compared to his grandfather (being an a habitual criminal and ExperiencedProtagonist). Likewise, unlike his grandfather (who was BookDumb but very StreetSmart and a cunning manipulator), Nigel is highly intelligent, being an accomplished cybercriminal, managing to build a device to remotely hack into the system from inside his cell and even quoting TheOtherWiki from memory. He is, nevertheless a fast learner though.
* Joe Lotterby, compared to Leonard Gober, who was young, idealistic and naïve, having never been to prison before. Lotterby is a cynical (but cheerful and harmless) TheOldConvict, who is knows several tricks about being imprisoned, but is still quite BookDumb, especially compared to the more academically interested Godber.

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* ** Nigel Fletcher, compared to his grandfather Norman Fletcher. While inheriting his quick wit and a good portion of his savvy, Nigel is young and still learning about being incarnated, compared to his grandfather (being an a habitual criminal and ExperiencedProtagonist). Likewise, unlike his grandfather (who was BookDumb but very StreetSmart and a cunning manipulator), Nigel is highly intelligent, being an accomplished cybercriminal, managing to build a device to remotely hack into the system from inside his cell and even quoting TheOtherWiki from memory. He is, nevertheless a fast learner though.
* ** Joe Lotterby, compared to Leonard Gober, who was young, idealistic and naïve, naive, having never been to prison before. Lotterby is a cynical (but cheerful and harmless) TheOldConvict, who is knows several tricks about being imprisoned, but is still quite BookDumb, especially compared to the more academically interested Godber.



** Mr Meekie to Mr MacKay, both being overly suspicious, harsh Scottish prison officers who have their eyes fixed upon Fletcher. Although Meekie isnít as sharp or as experienced as MacKay.
** Mr Braithwaite to Mr Barraclough, fitting the softer, more caring prison officer dynamic in contrast to MacKay and Meekieís harsher one. Although Braithwaite is noticeably less naïve and more cunning than Barraclough ever was.

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** Mr Meekie to Mr MacKay, [=MacKay=], both being overly suspicious, harsh Scottish prison officers who have their eyes fixed upon Fletcher. Although Meekie isnít as sharp or as experienced as MacKay.[=MacKay=].
** Mr Braithwaite to Mr Barraclough, fitting the softer, more caring prison officer dynamic in contrast to MacKay [=MacKay=] and Meekieís harsher one. Although Braithwaite is noticeably less naïve naive and more cunning than Barraclough ever was.
1st Jan '17 12:18:52 PM MGD107
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* Nigel Fletcher, compared to his grandfather Norman Fletcher. While inheriting his quick wit and a good portion of his savvy, Nigel is young and still learning about being incarnated, compared to his grandfather (being an a habitual criminal and ExperiencedProtagonist). Likewise, unlike his grandfather (who was BookDumb but very StreetSmart and a cunning manipulator), Nigel is highly intelligent, being an accomplished cybercriminal, managing to build a device to remotely hack into the system from inside his cell and even quoting TheOtherWiki from memory. He is, nevertheless a fast learner though.
* Joe Lotterby, compared to Leonard Gober, who was young, idealistic and naïve, having never been to prison before. Lotterby is a cynical (but cheerful and harmless) TheOldConvict, who is knows several tricks about being imprisoned, but is still quite BookDumb, especially compared to the more academically interested Godber.


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* PlayfulHacker: What Fletch sees himself as, arguing (unconvincingly) that everything he has done amounts to a series of victimless crimes and that heís donated a lot of money to charity (just not his own money). The law however sees him as a dangerous TheCracker.


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** Mr Meekie to Mr MacKay, both being overly suspicious, harsh Scottish prison officers who have their eyes fixed upon Fletcher. Although Meekie isnít as sharp or as experienced as MacKay.
** Mr Braithwaite to Mr Barraclough, fitting the softer, more caring prison officer dynamic in contrast to MacKay and Meekieís harsher one. Although Braithwaite is noticeably less naïve and more cunning than Barraclough ever was.
14th Dec '16 7:24:02 PM missmoon
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* TragicVillain: Reg Urwin from the Christmas Special "Desperate Hours" he's perfectly happy to hold Fletcher, Godber, Mr Barrowclough and the Governor's secretary at gunpoint and contemplates homicide a few times. However all he wants is to get out of Prison and be free again as he's clearly not coping with his incarcination and is also clearly mentally unwell. Its revealed he was recommended for psychiatric treatment three times before this event, but never got any. He admits if he doesn't get out he'll kill himself, having already attempting suicide once before. When Fletcher disarms him, he outright breaks down to tears. Fletcher and Godber even pass up a chance of a pardon for stopping him, so that Reg can surrender on his own and finally get some much needed help.

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* TragicVillain: Reg Urwin from the Christmas Special "Desperate Hours" he's perfectly happy to hold Fletcher, Godber, Mr Barrowclough and the Governor's secretary at gunpoint and contemplates homicide a few times. However all he wants is to get out of Prison and be free again as he's clearly not coping with his incarcination incarceration and is also clearly mentally unwell. Its revealed he was recommended for psychiatric treatment three times before this event, but never got any. He admits if he doesn't get out he'll kill himself, having already attempting suicide once before. When Fletcher disarms him, he outright breaks down to tears. Fletcher and Godber even pass up a chance of a pardon for stopping him, so that Reg can surrender on his own and finally get some much needed help.



* VetinariJobSecurity: When Mr Mackay is promoted a stricter, crueller screw from a prison Fletcher had been in earlier in his life replaces him and bullies both the criminals and [[KickTheDog Mr Barrowclough]]. The prisoners get rid of him by orchestrating a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Mr Barrowclough and [[WeWantOurJerkBack welcome back Mackay with a rendition of "For he's a jolly good fellow".]]

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* VetinariJobSecurity: When Mr Mackay is promoted promoted, a stricter, crueller stricter and crueler screw from a prison Fletcher had been in earlier in his life replaces him and bullies both the criminals and [[KickTheDog Mr Barrowclough]]. The prisoners get rid of him by orchestrating a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Mr Barrowclough and [[WeWantOurJerkBack welcome back Mackay with a rendition of "For he's a jolly good fellow".]]



-->'''Fletch''': Can you confirm that you're none of the following: a) a hypercondriac, b) a religious freak, c) a homicidal psycho, or d) a Millwall supporter.

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-->'''Fletch''': Can you confirm that you're none of the following: a) a hypercondriac, hypochondriac, b) a religious freak, c) a homicidal psycho, or d) a Millwall supporter.



* IntergenerationalFriendship: Fletch easily bonds with his new elderly cellmate Lotterby, especially since Lotterby knew his grandfather. He then reveals to Lotterby that while he was snooping in the prison records, he gave Lotterby an AgeLift so that he'll be released three years sooner.

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* IntergenerationalFriendship: Fletch easily bonds with his new elderly cellmate Lotterby, especially since Lotterby he knew his grandfather. He then reveals to Lotterby that while he was snooping in the prison records, he gave Lotterby him an AgeLift so that he'll be released three years sooner.



* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Wakeley Prison is a high tech 21st century minimum security prison, with a foosball and pool table in the common area, a clean gym, and televisions in the cells. The cells slightly resemble dorm rooms with a bunk bed, table, some shelves and a bulletin board.

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* LuxuryPrisonSuite: Wakeley Prison is a high tech 21st century minimum security prison, with a foosball Foosball and pool table in the common area, a clean gym, and televisions in the cells. The cells slightly resemble dorm rooms with a bunk bed, table, some shelves and a bulletin board.
12th Dec '16 4:27:53 AM tigerstar
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* FromTheLatinIntroDucere: Fletch drops this into his conversations from time to time.
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