Pardon Me Porridge


Pardon Me

Classic prison-set sitcom. Blanco, who has been in prison for 17 years for a crime he always claimed he didn't commit, refuses parole. Fletcher decides to help out.


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'Norman Stanley Fletcher...

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'You have pleaded guilty to the charges brought and it is now my duty to pass sentence...

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'You are a habitual criminal who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard,

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'and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same, casual manner.

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'We therefore commit you to the maximum term allowed.

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'You will go to prison for 5 years.'

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Er...1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...8.

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Huh! Would you Adam-and-Eve-it... "Go to jail!"

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"Move directly to jail. Do not pass Go..."

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-Just get on wiv it!

-All right... All right!

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I know every card. I've been playing for donkey's years.

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You don't have to get so grumpy!

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-My go.

-Three and four's seven.

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All right...I can count! I may be old but I've got all my facilities, haven't I?

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Four, five, six, seven...

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Oh, I've knocked a hotel off! Reach me it, will you, Fletch?

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Come off it, Blanco! I know that ploy of old.

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Ploy...!?

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While I'm down here picking up your hotel, you help yourself. I lose Trafalgar and Fenchurch St!

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That's a lie! I'm not like you lot. You take cheating as a way of life.

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I've got an older man's sense of values.

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-If you don't care about my sciatic nerve, I'll get the hotel meself!

-I'm sorry. Listen...

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Honestly, I'm sorry. We're all so corrupt, we forget about the odd honest soul.

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-That's right. You do.

-I'll get it for you.

-Thank you.

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-I can't see it anywhere.

-It doesn't matter, Fletch. I'll get it.

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All right, then.

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-No more talk about cheating. Let's get on with the game.

-Right.

-Right.

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Now, then...

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-My go.

-Yes.

-Oh, I should be in jail!

-That's right.

-I've got to stay cos I've an odd number.

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-Your go.

-My go.

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-You want 7 to land on my hotel.

-Oh, no...

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Ten! I'll miss you! I'll miss you!

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-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

-Don't have a heart attack. Get your Chance card.

-Right!

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-What's Barrowclough doing?

-Looking for criminals(!)

-Yes.

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-He wants to look down here. No, no - that's your Raquel Welch - your Community Chest.

-Oh.

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-"Go back three spaces."

-Oh, yes?

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-Here we go... One, two, three... Oh, no...!!

-Oh, dear, dear...(!)

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-STILL playing?

-They could make the Guinness book of records.

-It's stalemate.

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-Double 7. I'm out.

-Come on. It's lock-up in five minutes.

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Other people want to use the board. You two "monopolise" the game(!)

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"Monopolise." Get it?

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Very witty, Godber.

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-Pretty sharp.

-Quick as a flash.

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-What's brown, lives in the sea and attacks young mermaids?

-No idea.

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Jack the Kipper(!)

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-Do you hear all this?

-Aye.

-Palace of bleedin' varieties!

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"Jack the Kipper..."?

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He's away to work it out. You shout them out.

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Come on. You promised you'd wash your shirt to look presentable for the Parole Board.

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In a minute!

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Silly to jeapordise it for water and soap!

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-All right. 'Ere... I've two of those.

-All right.

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I'll come in a minute. I'll make the tea. I have your mug.

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He nags worse than my daughter!

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I thought he WAS your daughter.

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He keeps the cell nice and clean.

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Anyway, don't worry. You'll be off out soon, won't ya?

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Nothing's definite.

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It's a mere formality, that.

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Even Mr Barrowclough will bet on it and you know what HE'S like.

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-What's that?

-Just saying you're loath to commit yourself, Mr Barrowclough.

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You like to hedge your bets, don't you?

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I'm as positive as the next man!

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Then you'd say it was a formality going out on parole?

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Er...one has to consider both sides.

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-Are you sure you're not sure(?)

-Positive!

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-Huh!

-He should've been out years ago.

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-You're on your way. Harry Grout's giving odds.

-Don't bank on it. I know disappointment.

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You know YOUR trouble? You always protested your innocence.

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It's better to be guilty but ashamed rather than innocent but defiant.

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-You've gotta show 'em HOW you've reformed.

-Yeah. That you're NOT a despicable nerk.

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Parole's a doddle for junkies, alcoholics and them in women's clothes.

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What's my chances with a lapse into petty crime, but from a good home and with an "O" level in Geography?

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You'd best get yourself a cocktail frock with matching handbag(!)

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In other words, naff all, mate! Naff all!

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-Fletch...

-Yeah?

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Do you think Blanco's a cert for parole?

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Course! Need the beds, don't they?

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What was he originally sent up for?

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Now, now. You can't ask that. It's not what people WAS, it's what they ARE!

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Nothing you could say would set me against him.

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He's one of the nicest blokes here.

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He done his wife.

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What!?

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Done her in.

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Locked her in a deep-freeze.

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And we knock around with that despicable old scroat!

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That's why you don't ask!

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Oh, yeah... I'm sorry - irrational outburst.

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-Anyway, it was long ago.

-I see...

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It's all right to refrigerate your old lady if it was in 1959(?)

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He's had time to repent, like.

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His point is, he never did it in the first place.

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-He reckons his wife had a lover who killed her.

-WAS it him?

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Possible. The lover disappeared a bit smartish.

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That was a long time ago. Too long to find out.

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A wife can't testify against her husband so modern science is no use.

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What do you mean?

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There's no point in defrosting her and asking her what happened.

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-Here...

-Where?

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-I know summat you don't.

-That'll be the day.

-13 across for a start!

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-Don't, Godber. It's bad manners, that is.

-Anyhow, it's 'Rook'.

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"Type of bird...." R...blank...blank...k. Rook.

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Not necessarily.

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-R...blank...blank...k. What else could it be?

-It could be 'Rilk.'

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'Rilk'(?)

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'Rilk.' 'Rilk.'! R...blank...blank...k. 'Rilk.'!

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There's no such bird!

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You're wrong! You're not as smart as you thought you was.

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What's a flaming 'Rilk' then?

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A 'Rilk' is a migratory bird from the North Baltic shores of Finland.

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It's main distinguishing feature is that it flies backwards to keep the sh... snow out of its eyes.

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Go on. Ask me another, Bamber(!)

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-I bet it's 'Rook'.

-It's not 'Rook'. It's too obvious.

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Look, 'R-i-l-k'. I've put it in. What's the other bit of information you have?

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-The parole results.

-And...?

-Gibson, in for car theft is turned down, but Brown in for manslaughter's OK.

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-It reflects modern standards.

-How d'you mean?

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Well, it takes one minute to create a life and ten to make a car.

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And about five for it to fall to bits again, an' all!

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Oh, look, here they come - Nat Mills and Bobbie!

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-He did it this time!

-You worked your parole?

-Sailed through it!

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-It was a doddle!

-The shirt did it!

-Come in.

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Come and sit down, granddad.

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-We're very pleased for you.

-Yeah!

-Surprise, surprise!

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The old Max Jaffa cakes! Look at them!

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You'll notice a few changes since 1959.

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I sold a hot car in 1959. Zodiac, it was. Two-tone with wing mirrors.

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Took the wife to Butlins.

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I were in Junior School. Sat with Ann Podmore. She were left-handed.

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Fascinating(!) I bet he got on the right side of her!

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I remember 1959 as the year I were put away for something I didn't do.

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Here, here... Come on. Don't get all gloomy.

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We're all festive for the occasion.

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Oh, aye.

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-Now you're going out, you can tell your mates... Were you innocent?

-I WAS!

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You'd like to think I'd screwed the System all this time.

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The truth is, the System's screwed ME for 17 years! So I've decided...

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-Decided...?

-Aye.

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All these years I've been claiming me innocence...

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If I accept parole I'm admitting my guilt.

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No, no, no. Parole means it wipes the slate clean.

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-You're free and clear.

-It's NOT a pardon!

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It says you've done what they put you in for. It's NOT good enough. It says "Don't be a bad lad again"!

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I were never a bad lad in the first place, so they can take their parole and shove it!

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-You haven't, have you?

-I have.

-Told 'em to stuff it?

-Aye.

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-What did the Governor say?

-Put the wind up his clappers!

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You could be on the streets - free!

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Queueing up at the Labour Exchange.

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Standing in the rain waiting for a bus.

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I've waited long enough. A bit longer won't make no difference. Fetch me that scraper.

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Your rhubarb's coming on.

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You can't wait to get your hands on my rhubarb!

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-You thought you'd get it in lieu of me monopoly debts.

-Don't be daft!

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-AND me strawberries! It's MY allotment.

-We'd look after it till you come back in.

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I reckon you would.

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Just like life, prison. You make plans and do naff all about it. Look at this place.

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I was gonna do so much... Caulies and spring onions...

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Nice runner beans.

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Raspberries and maybe a few goosegogs. Never got round to it!

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-Didn't one Governor let you grow grapes?

-That were over there.

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I'd read all about vines and I KNEW I could grow grapes in this neck of the woods.

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And I did an' all. Oh, it were bloody marvellous seeing those big, ripe beauties.

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-They made me pack it in in the end.

-Why?

-Grapes make wine, don't they?

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Do they really(?) I always use potato peelings and anti-freeze(!)

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They didn't tumble. Not till we'd put down about a dozen bottles.

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-Nice drop, was it?

-I don't suppose it were a classic.

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But to a man who hadn't had a drink for eleven years, Chateau Slade was the finest drop...!

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-You could be outside now supping champagne.

-I've got my pride!

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Freedom's pride.

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I want BOTH, Fletcher!

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Yes. Well, we'll have to see what we can do.

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What's this? Saturday, and you lot stuck inside!

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-CROW, sir.

-Pardon?

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It's the Campaign Headquarters for CROW, sir.

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-What's that?

-Campaign for the Release of Old Webb, sir - that's Blanco, sir.

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We were going to call it Campaign for the Release and Pardon of Old Webb, but it's C-R-A-P-O-W!

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-We thought that too rude for the Home Office.

-The Home Office!?

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Eventually, but first the Governor.

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-Blanco don't want to go out free and guilty, but free and innocent.

-That's what CROW's for.

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-We've 300 signatures.

-What is it FOR?

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-Well...

-I'll tell him. There are two ways to spring the old man... a retrial...

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After all this time!? The judge, jury and witnesses will be dead by now!

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That MIGHT help! Know what I mean?

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Or the Governor could ask the Home Office for a pardon.

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Under Sub-section 23, Paragraph D, Part 3 of the Penal Code as amended in 1972.

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-Really?

-Oh, it's well-known.

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But WE are going for a retrial, hence the petition.

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-Fletch... I've 63 signatures from the mailbag room.

-Give it here!

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Just a minute... Sixty-three!? There's not above forty fellows work there!

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Shows the strength of their feelings!

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There's twenty-three X's here!

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Yeah, there's a lot of fellas can't write.

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-Are they genuine?

-Of course they are - they're all in different handwriting!

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There's one bloke spelled 'X' with a 'Y'. I'll cross him off.

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It's a very praiseworthy effort, but I fear the Governor's attitude.

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He has built-in resistance to ideas from YOU lot!

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You could maybe help us, Mr Barrowclough - lend weight to our pitch.

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-Give us credibility.

-How?

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Well, you're a humanitarian, aren't you?

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-You play fair.

-Always.

-See our point of view.

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You brought reason and compassion into a world where violence prevailed.

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I've always considered you as here to be helped rather than punished.

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-Quite right!

-I've always tried to understand.

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I respect your rights and if you have a just cause, I'll back it up.

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-I never doubted it, sir. Just append your moniker.

-Er...what?

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-It's a just cause.

-Use my pen.

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-That's MY pen!

-There's no time for that. Mr Barrowclough...

-No blinking fear!

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I'm up for promotion. I won't jeopardise that by joining a conspiracy!

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Well, I never...!

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Hardly the humanitarian we thought!

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He's brainier than we thought.

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Pity. Other screws might follow.

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-Yeah. Well, no bother then... 'H. J. Barrowclough...'

-Hey!

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-Can you forge his signature?

-How do you think we got them ping-pong balls?

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-You'll be for it if they trace it to you!

-They're more likely to trace it to you - it's your pen!

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-It's trouble with a capital T. It must be stamped out NOW.

-All right, Mr Mackay. Bring them in.

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-Mr Barrowclough...

-All right, lads... Left, right, left. Halt when you're there.

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STAND STILL IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNOR!

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STAND STILL!

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Er...the petitioners, sir.

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I'm not in favour of prisoners' pressure groups.

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They have that right under Sub-section 13 which states that...

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Don't spout the Penal Code at me!

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We appreciate your seeing us, sir. There is the petition for the retrial of Old Man Blanco.

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Do we have this many men in here?

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It's an expression of feeling inside Slade prison and a tribute to your enlightened administration.

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Is it?

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Oh, yes! All them felons putting names down. They'd have torn a less enlightened place apart, sir.

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-Is that a threat?

-No, Mr Mackay. Just an observation based on experience of incarcerated males.

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The mood is THAT strong?

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And getting uglier every minute - present company excepted.

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Of course.

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What's the point of this, sir? Webb was offered parole. He should accept gratefully.

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-He wants to clear his name.

-He's a stubborn old fool.

-Stubborn, yes...but not a fool.

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I think there's something heroic about... No, as you say, the man IS a fool!

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It was too long ago for a retrial.

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But this petition could make it a national issue, sir.

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-National?

-Blanco could be a national hero. We want the media on the old fella.

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Media!?

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Get him in the papers and on television.

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YOU might be a celebrity and get on the Michael Parkinson show! Or at worst, on Esther Rantzen's.

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Fletcher, no way could this petition become a national issue.

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No, Mr Mackay. That's why we need the hunger strike.

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Hunger strike? What hunger strike!?

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Blanco, sir. But don't worry. He shouldn't last more than a week.

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Yes...well...er... You can leave this here.

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-We should discuss this.

-On your way, Fletcher!

-Back to your cells.

-Very good, sir!

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Come on, then. Left wheel out there. Left, right, left, right.

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O-o-o-h-h... Hunger strike!

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Typical of Fletcher to try and turn the old man into some kind of a martyr!

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The LAST thing a prison needs is a martyr.

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-What d'you think, Fletch?

-Keep 'em crossed, son.

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-Caused a panic.

-Which was intended.

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-They'll have to scratch round for an alternative.

-Pardon?

-I said they'd have to find an alternative.

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No... P-a-r-d-o-n.

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Oh... Granted!

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Yes. Come in.

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-Could I have a word, sir?

-You've left them out there alone!?

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-Mr Collinson's seeing to them.

-We lost a typewriter last week. Remember?

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What is it, Mr Barrowclough? Well, sir...there's a solution to our problem.

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As I'm sure you're aware with your knowledge of the Penal Code. Er...yes...

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Refresh my memory.

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Sub-section 23, Paragraph 'D'.

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Good old Sub-section 23, Paragraph 'G'.

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Paragraph 'D', sir.

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'D'...'D'... Yes, of course! 'D'. Jog my memory again, Mr Barrowclough.

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As you know, sir, the Governor of a prison has the right - if he feels it is warranted...

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Y-e-s...?

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..to request the Home Office for a prisoner's pardon. A pardon?

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-That's right, sir.

-A PARDON!?

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Y-e-s...of course! It would put paid to any idea of a hunger strike being splashed across the papers.

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I DID think it was a good idea!

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Yes. Well, I'm paid to come up with good ideas in such situations!

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I'll put through a recommendation now. Look at all this nonsense...

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Mr Barrowclough... YOUR signature's on this form!

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No, sir. There must be some mistake.

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Look at that. What IS that, Mr Barrowclough?

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-Is that not your signature?

-It must be a forgery!

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Oh, no... that IS my signature. I must have signed it. I must have.

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-So, miracles DO happen. He's out today, is he?

-Yeah. Free pardon.

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They're all claiming credit for it. The Governor says he thought of it.

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-Barrowclough's miserable because he says HE thought of it first, but WE know who DID.

-Yeah, ME!

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-What d'you mean, Godber?

-I'm only joking.

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Never mind. I haven't got over Jack the Kipper yet!

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-Hello, Lukewarm!

-Gentlemen, may I present the best-dressed man in Slade Prison.

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-Wow!

-Ho-ho!

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Oh, that's very elegant, innit, eh?

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Where did you nick that from, eh?

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-Did you nick it from War on Want?

-Fifty Shilling Tailor, that was.

-You was robbed, mate!

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-No, it were the January sale, 1959.

-'59... Oh-ho...!

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-It'll be back in fashion.

-Really?

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1959... I was wearing Italian pin-stripe suits and shirts with Billy Eckstein collars.

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-I wore grey flannel shorts.

-Oh, all right!

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-I wore this to the wife's funeral.

-It's hardly black.

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-I couldn't afford a new suit. I'd just paid for that damn freezer.

-O-o-o-h-h...

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Aye. Terrible to think that she were to end up inside it.

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It were fitting in a way, cos all her life she were a cold woman.

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-Don't be too long, Mr Webb. The bus is waiting.

-Thank you, driver(!)

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By gum, you don't know how good that sounds... 'Mr' Webb!

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-You can go outside now, my son, and hold your head up high. All right?

-Right, Fletch.

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Well, you know... I'm not very good... Y'know... After all this time...

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..at expressing my gratitude.

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I know what you've done, and I'll not forget it.

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You're going outside. That's all that matters, innit, eh?

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Don't waste your time nattering to us.

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-I don't want much.

-It's nice to know justice has been done. Albeit a bit late.

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The pardon's for your family name. It's for your grandchildren, innit?

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You can look anybody in the eye without any shame or guilt.

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-Life's taken a great deal out of you, mate. All you need back is your pride.

-Right, Fletch.

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-Ta-ra, Blanco. Keep yer nose clean.

-Ta-ra, son. Same to you.

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-One thing more...

-What's that?

-Sue the Government for every penny they've got.

-Too bloody right!

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Ta-ta, Blanco. I'll miss you.

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God bless ya. Thank you for looking after me.

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I'll try and get that scented notepaper you asked for.

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Come here. Listen...

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We all know you didn't kill your old lady. Some other bloke did and you've paid for it.

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-But don't go out there harbouring any thoughts of revenge. All right?

-No...

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I know him what did it. It were her lover. But don't worry. He died years ago.

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-It's all right then.

-That I DO know. It were ME that killed him!

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Subtitles by Charlie Menzies BBC Scotland

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The betting stakes are high when the parole board sits and old Blanco is the odds-on favourite to be freed. But when freedom is offered to him Blanco, who has been in prison for 17 years for a crime he always claimed he didn't commit, refuses. Fletcher, seeing how adamant his old friend is, decides to help out.


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