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Festive 1970s fun in the classic sitcom, starring Ronnie Barker, set in Slade Prison. The 1975 edition, ‘No Way Out’, sees Harry Grout (Peter Vaughan) try to enlist the help of Fletcher (Barker) in an escape attempt. In the following year’s show, ‘The Desperate Hours’, Fletcher and Godber (Richard Beckinsale) look forward to sampling their illicit cell-brew liquor ‘Chateau Slade’!
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The 1975 and 1976 Christmas specials of the sitcom starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, set in Slade prison. In 1975 special, ‘No Way Out’, Harry Grout (Peter Vaughan) tries to enlist the help of Fletcher (Barker) in an escape attempt, while Mr Mackay (Fulton Mackay) has cancelled Christmas. In 1976 special, ‘The Desperate Hours’, Fletcher and Godber are looking forward to sampling their illicit cell-brew liquor ‘Chateau Slade’, which they’ve been secretly brewing for months. Unfortunately, though, the spirit of Christmas seems to have passed Mr Mackay by, and when he discovers the moonshine brew, things get complicated…
1. NO WAY OUT
In his innocence, Godber is looking forward to Christmas, but Fletch just wants a quiet sojourn in the prison hospital. As he says: ”there’s one big event around here, it’s not the coming of the Lord – it’s the tunnelling of Tommy Slocombe”. Just as Fletcher’s ‘old knee injury’ wins him a trip to the local civilian hospital for a full checkup and x-ray, genial Harry Grout decides to call in a favour.
2. THE DESPERATE HOURS
Christmas behind bars might not be so bad. Fletcher and Godber have spent months fermenting their illicit cell-brew liquor “Chateau Slade” and it is ready for tasting. But things are about to take a turn for the worse – Mackay has discovered the brew and then they find themselves caught up in psychotic Reg Unwin’s attempt to take Mr Barraclough hostage. Will Fletch be the hero of the day – even if it means helping out ‘a screw’?