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!
- Exclusive Review by Ronnie Barker
- Scene Selection