Norman Stanley Fletcher – Porridge and Going Straight

Welcome back to the podcast which is a safe space for those wanting to reminisce about growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part that television played in our lives then.In this episode we return to the work of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais as they chronicle the life and times of Norman Stanley Fletcher in prison based sitcom Porridge and its less well remembered sequel Going Straight. We remember the chemistry between Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, the fearsome Mr McKay and the benevolent Mr Barraclough and the host of great supporting characters like Grouty and Blanco. We also remember the government's campaign to…

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Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads?

Welcome back to the podcast which celebrates growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part that television played in our lives then. The 70's marked a time of change for Britain when huge numbers of people moved from traditional, industrial city centres to new housing estates with aspirations to join the middle classes. TV reflected this cultural shift and Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads? captured this perfectly. Brilliantly scripted by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the show followed two life long friends, Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) and Terry Collier (James Bolam) as they slowly…

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Watching the Detectives – US Style

Welcome back to the podcast which celebrates growing up as a child in 1970's Britain and the central part which television played in our and our families' lives then.In this episode, we look at the huge number of US cop and detective shows which formed a staple of 1970's TV programming. Our host Oliver runs down his Top 10 of shows including favourites like Kojak and The Rockford Files. We remember husband and wife double acts in Hart to Hart and McMillan and Wife and the underrated Serpico. We also hear about Barnaby Jones starring Jed Clampett (sorry Buddy Ebsen) and can you guess…

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