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DVD Reviews: Porridge Series One

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 19 March 2003
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 201 Minutes

Porridge was the highly successful comedy of the early 1970's (this series aired from 05/09/1974-10/10/1974). It starred Ronnie Barker and was the story of a small time habitual criminal who has been sent to jail for a 5 year stint in a minimum security prison.

This series was truly funny and the humour still stands even after all this time. It was one of those shows that really doesn't age too much as there was very little in the way of special effects and the whole series was set predominantly in the prison. I would think that this series would be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone who watches it.

I found the extras on this disc to be very lean however considering the age of the series, it's amazing that they could provide anything at all. By way of compensation, Ronnie Barker does provide a very interesting insight into what was going on during the series  and other anecdotes regarding production.

There are six episodes on this disc and they all make for some very fun, lighthearted viewing. Barker's take on his character is spot on and truly makes the series. It was great fun to revisit this series and refreshing to see that the humour is still valid after all these years. This sort of disc is perfect for viewing on a rainy day or a cozy night in front of the heater. Recommended!

Porridge Series One Features

  • Exclusive Review by Ronnie Barker
  • Scene Selection
  • Artist Profiles


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