Porridge - Production Details

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

"Ronnie Barker stars as Norman Stanley Fletcher, trying to keep his nose clean and guiding his young 'roomie' Godber, whilst residing in HMP Slade"

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Comedy Details
Comedy Type:TV Sitcom
Alternate Names:Seven Of One: Prisoner And Escort (Pilot)
Broadcast:Sun 1st April 1973 - Fri 25th March 1977  (BBC1 / BBC2)
Episode Count:21 (pilot + 3 series)
Production Company :British Broadcasting Corporation
Filming Locations:Pilot episode filmed on location in Wales. The front gate is of the Main Gate House, of former St Albans Prison, Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire. The communal areas of the prison were filmed in a water tank at Ealing Studios. External scenes were filmed at various London psychiatric hospitals. Most of the other interior scenes, such as Fletcher's cell, were filmed at BBC Television Centre.
Soundtrack:Theme tune composed by Max Harris. Introductory sentencing performed by Ronnie Barker.
Laugh Track:YES, Live Audience
Regular Cast
Ronnie Barker ... Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale ... Godber
Fulton Mackay ... Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde ... Mr. Barrowclough
Michael Barrington ... Governor Venables
Brian Glover ... Heslop (Series 1)
Christopher Biggins ... Lukewarm
Ronald Lacey ... Harris (Series 3)
Tony Osoba ... McLaren
Sam Kelly ... Warren
Writing Team
Dick Clement ... Writer
Ian La Frenais ... Writer
Production Team
Sydney Lotterby ... Director
Sydney Lotterby ... Producer
Tim Gleeson ... Production Design
Jon Pusey ... Production Design (Series 2)
Max Harris ... Composer
Ray Millichope ... Editor (Series 1-2)
John Dunstan ... Editor (Series 3)
Geoff Higgs ... Editor (Series 3)
Howard Dell ... Editor (Series 3)

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