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Going Straight is a BBC sitcom which was a direct spin-off from Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker as Norman Stanley Fletcher, newly released from the fictional Slade Prison where the earlier series had been set.

It sees Fletcher trying to become an honest member of society, having vowed to stay away from crime on his release. The title refers to his attempt, 'straight' being a slang term meaning being honest, in contrast to 'bent', i.e., dishonest.

Also re-appearing was Richard Beckinsale as Lennie Godber, who was Fletcher's naïve young cellmate and was now in a relationship with his daughter Ingrid. Her brother Raymond was played by a teenage Nicholas Lyndhurst.

Only one series, of six episodes, was made in 1978. It attracted an audience of over 15 million viewers and won a BAFTA award in March 1979, but hopes of a further series had already been dashed by Beckinsale's premature death earlier in the same month.

  1. Dick Clement


  2. Ian La Frenais


Series Cast

  1. Nicholas Lyndhurst as Raymond

    Nicholas Lyndhurst


    6 Episodes

  2. Ronnie Barker as Norman Stanley Fletcher

    Ronnie Barker

    Norman Stanley Fletcher

    6 Episodes

  3. Patricia Brake as Ingrid

    Patricia Brake


    6 Episodes

  4. Richard Beckinsale as Lenny Godber

    Richard Beckinsale

    Lenny Godber

    6 Episodes

  5. David Swift

    Mr McEwan

    6 Episodes

  6. Timothy Bateson as

    Timothy Bateson

    1 Episode

  7. Pete Postlethwaite as

    Pete Postlethwaite

    1 Episode

  8. Alfred Lynch as

    Alfred Lynch

    1 Episode

  9. Roberta Tovey as

    Roberta Tovey

    1 Episode

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Last Season

Season 1

1978 • 6 Episodes

Season 1 of Going Straight premiered on February 24, 1978.

Going off the Rails

(1x6, April 7, 1978) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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