Fletch is back!

Kevin Bishop re­veals the prison may­hem in store for Fletch and his fel­low in­mates...

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Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of last year’s pi­lot – a spin-off that starred Kevin Bishop as the grand­son of Ron­nie Barker’s char­ac­ter, Nor­man Stan­ley Fletcher, from the clas­sic 1970s sit­com – a full six-part se­ries be­gins this week.

‘I loved the orig­i­nal, so I was ner­vous be­cause I knew I had big shoes to fill,’ says Kevin. ‘Luck­ily, the writ­ers who cre­ated the orig­i­nal are do­ing the scripts for the new se­ries, so the gags are great and hope­fully the spirit of the 1970s sit­com that peo­ple loved is still there!’

In the first episode, Fletch uses his writ­ing skills to make a bit of cash as he pens let­ters on his fel­low in­mates’ be­half.

Yet his cell mate Joe Lot­terby (Dave Hill) and arch-neme­sis prison war­den, Of­fi­cer Meekie (Mark Bon­nar) warn him not to get mixed up in other peo­ple’s prob­lems…

‘Fletch is al­ways com­ing up with lit­tle schemes,’ says Kevin. ‘He likes keep­ing busy and he knows they an­noy Of­fi­cer Meekie!’

Play­ing the role is a dream come true for Kevin who was de­lighted with the re­cep­tion the new show re­ceived…

‘The re­sponse has been so pos­i­tive and I was quite over­whelmed by it,’ he says. ‘I was very re­lieved and I think fans of the orig­i­nal were as well!’

War of words… Fletch (right) with Joe and Of­fi­cer Meekie Class act… Ron­nie Barker (cen­tre) starred as Nor­man Fletcher in the 1970s se­ries

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