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Porridge (1974-77)


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Synopsis of episode A Night In

Much to Fletch's indignation Godber is sent to share his cell after his previous cellmate started a riot when told he couldn't keep a kitten. Fletch tells him that those are the rules, and that he has standards too, before getting Godber to darn his socks. He also advises him to bide his time and make sure that the place doesn't grind him down.

Fletch tries to keep Godber's spirits up at lock up by getting him to imagine a night out with a glamorous dancer but then opting for a quiet night in instead. When Godber worries about the faithfulness of his girlfriend Denise while he is inside, Fletch tells him to banish carnal thoughts, but is then distracted by a pin-up girl in a paper. When Godber goes on about his courtship of Denise, Fletch reminisces about his courting days in the bomb sites of post-war London. As the lights go off Godber produces some liquorice allsorts - one of the 'little victories' that Fletch espouses. He recites a long prayer out loud.

Both men wake up in the middle of the night. Godber tells Fletch how much he hates prison, with its air of defeat. Fletch suggests that Godber rely on his mind and his dreams, where there are no locked doors.

In the morning Godber thanks Fletch for his kindness. Fletch tells him that they can't crush your inward spirit and says they could have a night out tonight, or just a quiet night in.