About the Series

Genre: British Sitcom
Series: 1
Episodes: 6
First Transmission: 1978
Channel: BBC

Going Straight is a BBC sitcom which was a direct spin-off from Porridge.

The sitcom sees Fletcher trying to become an honest member of society, having vowed to stay away from crime on his release. “Straight” is a slang term meaning being honest, in contrast to “bent”, i.e. dishonest.

One series of six episodes was made in 1978 which attracted an audience of over 15 million viewers. It also won a BAFTA award, but hopes of a further series had already been dashed by Beckinsale’s premature death.

Ronnie Barker: Norman Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale:  Lennie Godber
Patricia Brake: Ingrid Fletcher
Nicholas Lyndhurst: Raymond Fletcher


Best Episode [ S1 Ep1 ]

Going Home – Fletch is finally released – and on the train home meets Mr Mackay, who tells him he will soon have to retire and is off to London to look for a new job. Oaksey and  Tanner board the train. They have robbed a jewellers and think they can persuade Fletch to mind the bag for them. However, a misunderstanding leaves Mackay believing the bag is his.

24 February 1978

Imdb Score – [8.5]



Worst Episode [ S1 Ep3 ]

Going Sour – Fletch is still without work. Fletch explains to his probation officer that he was going to work in a cardboard box factory but his wife Isobel ran off with the owner. Fletch plans to dig up some loot he buried in a turnip field before his imprisonment but when he gets to the field he sees a massive housing estate.

10 March 1978

Imdb Score [7.9]



Full Episode Guide

Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.

Series One

Going Home (1978) –
Fletch makes his way home after being paroled.
Going To Be Alright (1978) –
Fletch tries to set a young runaway girl on the straight-and-narrow.
Going Sour (1978) –
Fletch drives to Essex to dig up a pile of loot.
Going to Work (1978) –
Fletch’s probation officer sets him up with the job of a night porter.
Going, Going, Gone (1978) –
Fletch tries to prevent a crime.
Going Off the Rails (1978) –
Fletch very nearly goes back to his old ways.