Going Straight

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Going Straight
Going straight.jpg
Going Straight main title
Created byDick Clement and
Ian La Frenais
Written byDick Clement and
Ian La Frenais
Directed bySydney Lotterby
StarringRonnie Barker
Richard Beckinsale
Patricia Brake
Nicholas Lyndhurst
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes6 (List of episodes)
ProducerSydney Lotterby
EditorBill Wright
Running time30 Mins
DistributorBBC Worldwide
ABC (Australia, home video)
Original networkBBC One
Original release24 February –
7 April 1978 (1978-04-07)
Preceded byPorridge (1974–77)
Followed byLife Beyond the Box: Norman Stanley Fletcher (2003)

Going Straight is a BBC sitcom created and written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale. The programme was a direct spin-off to the sitcom Porridge, which all four were involved in, with its premise surrounding the exploits of Barker's character Norman Stanley Fletcher following his release from prison and his attempts to not commit another crime for the sake of his family, despite the allure it causes. The programme also featured the appearance of Patricia Brake, reprising her role in Porridge, and Nicholas Lyndhurst. Both Fulton Mackay and Tony Osoba guest starred in the first episode, reprising their roles from the sitcom.

A single series of six episodes were made and aired across 1978, attracting an audience of over 15 million viewers[1] and winning a BAFTA award in March 1979. Plans for further episodes were shelved after the premature death of Beckinsale in 1979.


Six episodes of Going Straight, all written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, were produced for the BBC. The show began airing on 24 February and ended on 7 April 1978. All episodes had a running time of approximately 30 minutes.

Theme tune[edit]

The theme tune, sung by Ronnie Barker, detailed Fletch's determination to go straight, an ambition first laid out in the Porridge episode "Men Without Women":[2] This was released as 7-inch single by EMI records. The B-side is a track called "The String Bean Queen'"


  1. ^ Information published on DVD back cover
  2. ^ "The Full Lyrics to the Theme Tune from Going Straight". Retrieved 25 January 2009.

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