What was it about?
Two inmates – Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) and Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale) – while away their time at Slade prison. Mr MacKay (Fulton MacKay) is a prison officer forever trying to catch Fletcher committing misdeeds, while his deputy, Mr Barrowclough (Brian Wilde) is far more timid and nice.
Was it any good?
Absolutely. Aside from The Two Ronnies, this marked the undisputed high point in Ronnie Barker’s career. It was also extremely popular within British prisons, particularly for the antagonistic relationship between Fletcher and Mr MacKay. It’s also said to have popularised the word "naff" as a verb.
Fletcher is subjected to a medical exam:
Was it made into a film?
Yes indeed. Known as Doing Time in the US, it was made by the same team as the TV show, and thankfully had an original plot. It’s pretty good, and is guaranteed a small place in cinematic history as it marks Richard Beckinsale’s last appearance on film.
Could be. Despite the poorly received TV sequel, Going Straight, Norman Stanley Fletcher returned in 2003 with a mockumentary, Life Beyond The Box. It wasn’t great either. It’s still a good concept, especially if, say, Dexter Fletcher took up the main role.