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Porridge

Porridge (1973)

5 mistakes

Genres: Comedy

The Desperate Hours - S2-E8

Visible crew/equipment: In "The Desparate Hours", right at the end when Barraclough is in Fletcher's cell, when Fletcher says, "I never heard nothing" you can see the shadow of the boom mic on his face.

Men Without Women - S1-E6

Factual error: Throughout the whole show Godber, 'Bunny' Warren, McLaren, the Prison Governor and many of the guards refer to Fletcher as a Cockney. He even identifies himself as a Cockney on a number of occasions. However, in several episodes he refers to his upbringing in Muswell Hill and in this episode he refers to his having been born there - and we see his old stamping ground in that episode when he gets a weekend's compassionate leave. Nobody from Muswell Hill would ever refer to himself as a Cockney - Muswell Hill isn't even in East London!

Show generally

Revealing mistake: In the episode where Fletcher and Godper are assigned to the work party and they get locked into the church, one of the prisoners, Melvin (the hippy) leans against one of the 'stone' pillars of the church, causing it to wobble.

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Show generally

Continuity mistake: In several episodes of the show, Richard Beckinsale's hair changes length and style during individual episodes.

A Day Out - S1-E4

Audio problem: The prison minibus has a deisel engine when heard from inside, but when Mr Mackay borrows it to go to the pub it has a petrol engine.

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Trivia

There was an American version of this classic UK show. It was titled On the Rocks. The script was reworked in order to make the style of humour suit the audience. Don't know how it got on, sadly.

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