History Series / Porridge

5th Jan '16 10:54:03 AM TheCreepingSpleen
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Mackay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Mackay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.
5th Jan '16 10:53:10 AM TheCreepingSpleen
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Mackay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Southern Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.
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* DrillSergeantNasty: Mackay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Southern Sutherland Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.
25th Dec '15 6:45:17 AM Kitchen90
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Named after the then-slang for being imprisoned ("doing porridge") Porridge is a prison comedy that aired on Creator/TheBBC between 1973 and 1977 with three seasons, two Christmas specials and [[TheMovie a film]]. It was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also wrote ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' and its sequel ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads'', and ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet''.
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Named after the then-slang for being imprisoned ("doing porridge") Porridge porridge"), '''''Porridge''''' is a prison comedy that aired on Creator/TheBBC between 1973 and 1977 with three seasons, two Christmas specials and [[TheMovie a film]]. It was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who also wrote ''Series/TheLikelyLads'' and its sequel ''Series/WhateverHappenedToTheLikelyLads'', and ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet''.
21st Dec '15 2:12:29 AM MGD107
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Genial Harry Grout, a high up London Crime boss. He is always charming, polite and never even raises his voice. But fail him, anger him or just simply annoy him and he'll have one of his many heavies break your arms or beat you to blood.
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Genial Harry Grout, a high up London Crime boss. He is always charming, polite and never even raises his voice. If you do a job especially well for him, he'll pay back the favour and he's in a good mood, he might even be willing to bribe others. But fail him, anger him or just simply annoy him and he'll have one of his many heavies break your arms or beat you to blood.
20th Dec '15 6:34:44 AM MGD107
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Genial Harry Grout, a high up London Crime boss. He is always charming, polite and never even raises his voice. But fail him, anger him or just simply annoy him and he'll have one of his many heavies break your arms or beat to blood.
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* FauxAffablyEvil: Genial Harry Grout, a high up London Crime boss. He is always charming, polite and never even raises his voice. But fail him, anger him or just simply annoy him and he'll have one of his many heavies break your arms or beat you to blood.
19th Dec '15 2:18:34 PM MGD107
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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 incardination and is also clearly mentally unwell. Its revealed he was recommended for Psychiatric treatment three times before this events, but never got any and 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.
19th Dec '15 1:49:39 PM MGD107
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* TheDreaded: MacKay has this reputation to an extent, his much much worse replacement is a much better example. However LondonGangster Harry Grout is the true winner, simply cause angering him makes it liable for you to loose your life. * DrillSergeantNasty: MacKay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Southern Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.
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* TheDreaded: MacKay Mackay has this reputation to an extent, his much much worse replacement is a much better example. However LondonGangster Harry Grout is the true winner, simply cause everyone knows that angering him makes it liable for could lead to you to loose loosing your life. * DrillSergeantNasty: MacKay, Mackay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Southern Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.

* KnightOfCerbus: Harry Grout, specifically the actor was told not to play it like he was in a comedy. Whenever he appears the threats hanging over Fletcher's head get a lot more serious. * LondonGangster: Genial Harry Grout, an East London crime boss, serving time for an unspecified big job that required him being extradited from Italy. Grouty pretty much runs the whole prison: rigging sports matches, organising escapes of other high up criminals who can afford to get out and being completely in control of the entire prison drug trade. Likewise you really don't want to get on his bad side. His only rival in the prison, is another London Gangster, the two compete through betting on prison sports matches then rigging them in their favour.
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* KnightOfCerbus: KnightOfCerebus: Harry Grout, specifically the actor was told not to play it like he was in a comedy. Whenever he appears the threats hanging over Fletcher's head get a lot more serious. serious and the show dips into more BlackComedy. * LondonGangster: Genial Harry Grout, an East London crime boss, serving time for an unspecified big job that required him being extradited from Italy. Grouty pretty much runs the whole prison: rigging sports matches, organising escapes of other high up criminals who can afford to get out and being completely in control of the entire prison drug trade. Likewise you really don't want to get on his bad side. His only rival in the prison, is another London Gangster, crime boss, the two compete through betting on prison sports matches then rigging them in their favour.

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* KnightOfCerbus: Harry Grout, specifically WardensAreEvil: Averted, the actor was told not to play it like he was Warden of Slade Prison is a all around genial, cheerful and friendly man, who firmly believes in a comedy. Whenever he appears treating the threats hanging over Fletcher's head get a lot more serious. * LondonGangster: Genial Harry Grout, an East London crime boss, serving time for an unspecified big job that required him being extradited from Italy. Grouty pretty much runs prisons correctly and rehabilitation. While the whole prison: rigging sports matches, organising escapes inmates aren't above taking advantage of other high up criminals who can afford to get out and being completely in control of his occasional native he never the entire prison drug trade. Likewise you really don't want to get on his bad side. His only rival in the prison, is another London Gangster, the two compete through betting on prison sports matches then rigging them in their favour.less even strikes up a reasonably friendly relationship with Fletcher.
19th Dec '15 1:41:06 PM MGD107
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* TheDreaded: MacKay has this reputation to an extent, his much much worse replacement is a much better example. However LondonGangster Harry Grout is the true winner, simply cause angering him makes it liable for you to loose your life. * DrillSergeantNasty: MacKay, he even was a sergeant in the Argyle and Southern Highlanders regiment, before he because a prison officer. He likewise still acts like he is.

* FauxAffablyEvil: Genial Harry Grout, a high up London Crime boss. He is always charming, polite and never even raises his voice. But fail him, anger him or just simply annoy him and he'll have one of his many heavies break your arms or beat to blood. * GenreSavvy: Mackay has his moments, but Fletcher is generally still one or two steps ahead.

* ItTastesLikeFeet
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* ItTastesLikeFeetItTastesLikeFeet: Basically all the food is described like this.

* ItTastesLikeFeetKnightOfCerbus: Harry Grout, specifically the actor was told not to play it like he was in a comedy. Whenever he appears the threats hanging over Fletcher's head get a lot more serious. * LondonGangster: Genial Harry Grout, an East London crime boss, serving time for an unspecified big job that required him being extradited from Italy. Grouty pretty much runs the whole prison: rigging sports matches, organising escapes of other high up criminals who can afford to get out and being completely in control of the entire prison drug trade. Likewise you really don't want to get on his bad side. His only rival in the prison, is another London Gangster, the two compete through betting on prison sports matches then rigging them in their favour.

* MasterPoisoner: Riggs, who now works in the prison kitchens:
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* MasterPoisoner: Riggs, who now works in the prison kitchens:kitchens.

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* {{Prison}}{{Prison}}: The setting, though unlike most examples its a comedy, their is very little violence or focus on the more dangerous inmates. Instead the focus is on more average people dealing with being imprisoned, and winning the occasional little victory.

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* {{Prison}}WorthyOpponent: Fletcher and Mackay, make no mistake both of them will never miss a chance to get one over or humiliate the other, but their is a clear unspoken level of respect between the two. It says something that when they meet up after Fletcher is released, while starting off hostile they are soon cheerfully drinking together and reminiscing about their past. They even part on mostly friendly terms.
8th Nov '15 4:56:55 AM Aurelian
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* TreasureMap: Blanco has a map showing where his ill-gotten gains are buried, [[spoiler:though it turns out to be a fake]]. Another inmate, Norris, gets caught trying to dig it up under a football pitch.
8th Nov '15 4:48:06 AM Aurelian
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Grouty mentions an inmate who put four prison guards in hospital because someone knocked over his jigsaw puzzle.
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