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Norman Stanley Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker
Norman Stanley Fletcher, played by Ronnie Barker

Norman Stanley 'Fletch' Fletcher (born February 2, 1932) is the main character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. He was played by Ronnie Barker and is widely renowned as one of the great comic creations. Image File history File links Normanstanleyfletcher. ... Image File history File links Normanstanleyfletcher. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Porridge is a British BBC television sitcom (1974–1977), written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais and starring Ronnie Barker. ... Ronnie Barker Ronald William George Barker OBE (September 25, 1929 – October 3, 2005), popularly known as Ronnie Barker and (as a writer) Gerald Wiley , was an English comic actor and writer. ...


Fletch claims that criminal life to him is something of a career and has been in and out of prison all of his life. He is married with three children: Ingrid (who was conceived in Highgate Cemetery on the tomb of Karl Marx), Raymond and Marion. In the episode "Ways and Means" he is given the back-story of having completed National service with the Royal Army Service Corps during the Malayan Emergency. for other uses please see Crime (disambiguation) A crime is an act that violates a political or moral law. ... Ingrid Fletcher was a character in the BBC sitcom Porridge, played by Patricia Brake. ... Circle of Lebanon, West Cemetery Entrance to the Egyptian Avenue, West Cemetery Highgate Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in Highgate, London, England. ... Karl Heinrich Marx (May 5, 1818, Trier, Germany – March 14, 1883, London) was a German philosopher, political economist, and revolutionary. ... In narratology, a back-story (also back story or backstory) is the history behind the situation extant at the start of the main story. ... National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... The Royal Logistic Corps is a British Army corps that provides the logistical support for the Army. ... The Malayan Emergency was an insurrection and guerrilla war of the Malay Races Liberation Army against the British and Malayan administration from 1948-1960 in what is now Malaysia. ...


He was sentenced to serve the particular stretch of 'porridge' detailed in the series after a failed attempt to steal an articulated lorry. It was only after climbing into the driving seat and starting the engine that Fletch realised he had no idea how to operate the vehicle. The subsequent crash sent him through the back of several gardens. He was arrested for robbery and dangerous driving, although "several other fences were taken into consideration". The conviction led to a sentence of five years in Slade prison. Lorry Look up Lorry in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Can mean: A truck, in the sense of a commercial large goods vehicle. ...


Fletch endures his prison sentence by the constant perpetuation of 'little victories' against the wardens, especially the hard-nosed Mr Mackay. Mr. ...


His tactics range from the practical (stealing pills from the prison doctor and eggs from the prison farmyard), to the symbolic (finding new and imaginative ways to stick two fingers up at Mackay and get away with it). In return, Mackay's frenzied, neurotic attempts to catch Fletch out, when fruitful, give the warder a level of smugness and satisfaction that is only accentuated by his charge's hostility and skulking. An egg is a body consisting of an ovum surrounded by layers of membranes and an outer casing of some type, which acts to nourish and protect a developing embryo. ... A neurosis, in psychoanalytic theory, is an ineffectual coping strategy that Sigmund Freud suggested was caused by emotions from past experience overwhelming or interfering with present experience. ...


Fletch is also surprised when this spell in prison finds him taking on the role of the father figure. It is left to him to help Warren when he needs a letter read or written, and to overlook new, younger inmates such as McClaren and Godber. Father with child For other uses, see Father (disambiguation). ... Bunny Warren was a character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. ... Jim McClaren was a character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge played by Tony Osoba. ... Lennie Godber was a character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. ...


As Fletch's cellmate, Godber became a close associate, and is frequently involved in his various schemes. The doe-eyed, optimistic Brummie was the perfect sidekick for the grouchy, world-weary Londoner, and the banter between the two became one of the main attractions of the series.


This was best illustrated in the ambitious episode "A Night In", set entirely in relative darkness within the confines of their cell, with only the pair's conversation for entertainment.


This concept has been imitated by many other sitcoms, such as Friends ("The One Where No One's Ready") and Bottom ("'S Up"). However, few, if any of these have managed to recreate the minimalistic feel of the original, falling back on other comedy devices (the former had several characters, each with their own storyline, and the latter was set atop a Ferris Wheel, and much of the comedy derived from this setting). Perhaps a better example would be the One Foot in the Grave episode "Timeless Time", which also feature only the two characters, a husband and wife, during the events of one sleepless night, but even then, there are moments when one or the other leaves the room, which was not possible in "A Night In". This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Adrian Edmondson (left) and Rik Mayall (right) as Eddie and Richie in Bottom Bottom was a British sitcom of the early 1990s (and later a series of stage shows and a film) written by Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, who were the shows main stars, playing Richard Richard (Richie... One Foot in the Grave was a popular BBC television situation comedy series written by David Renwick. ...


Fletch is also manipulative, and can play upon the sympathies and weaknesses of people like the liberal warden, Mr Barrowclough, and the ineffectual prison governor to acquire more pleasant employment, accommodation or special privileges. Mr Barrowclough was a character in the popular BBC sitcom Porridge. ... For the album by the Kaiser Chiefs see Employment (album) Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... A prison Cell A prison cell or detention cell refers to the accommodation of a prisoner in a prison or jail. ...


Upon release from prison Fletch decided to give up his criminal career. In the follow-up series, Going Straight, he took a job as a hotel night-porter, but found himself often tempted back into crime, although he resisted. His wife, Isobel, had left him, leaving him in sole charge of Raymond. Going Straight was a BBC sitcom which emerged as a direct spin-off from Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker as prisoner Norman Stanley Fletcher, newly released from the fictional Slade prison where Porridge had been set. ...


When last seen, in the mockumentary Life Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher, Fletch was landlord of a pub in Muswell Hill, alongside his second wife, Gloria (an old flame briefly mentioned in Porridge). This article or section cites very few or no references or sources. ... Muswell Hill is a suburb of north London in the London Borough of Haringey, situated 6. ...


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PORRIDGE (2542 words)
Fletcher fails to pull one over on the doctor during his medical about bad feet, but manages to find out that the Governor likes fish, and one of his fish is suffering fin-rot.
Fletcher wants some peace and quiet, which is interrupted constantly, by people like McLaren wanting some chewing gum, Blanco showing his finished hobby-horse, Barrowclough wanting a chat with him, McKay showing in some prison visitors, and, eventually, a chaplain, whom he throws over the rails.
Fletcher decides to start a campaign for a re-trial, and when Barrowclough won't sign a petition, he forges his signature, and when Barrowclough is questionned by the governor about it, recognising his own handwriting, assumes he must have signed it.
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