Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Ronnie Barker, Daniel Peacock, Barrie Rutter, Sam Kelly. Copyright: WitzEnd Productions.


1979 British comedy film spin-off from the BBC sitcom. Stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan and others.

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: WitzEnd Productions.


Feature film based on the TV sitcom of the same name, featuring Ronnie Barker and the regular cast in the classic prison comedy

Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Geoffrey Bayldon, Daniel Peacock, Barrie Rutter and others
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Dick Clement
Ian La Frenais and Allan McKeown

Harry Grout, Slade Prison's resident bigwig, is arranging for the escape of fellow prisoner, Oakes, under the guise of a celebrities vs convicts morale-boosting football match.

Fletcher and Godber, nearing the end of their respective sentences, are horrified to find themselves roped in on the scheme - try as they might, Grouty's just not a man you can say 'no' to.

As the villainous plot unfolds, the pair find themselves even deeper in it than they'd feared, and are soon outside the prison walls themselves. It may be something they've dreamed of for years, but so close to their release dates, the duo are far more concerned about suffering even longer sentences for escaping.

Splitting from Oakes's getaway, Fletch and Godber are in a race against time to get themselves back across country undetected, and back inside the prison walls without being caught. Whoever heard of convicts wanting to break into a prison?

Production Details

Fletcher's inside story - even funnier as a film.
UK certificate
94 minutes
Release date
August 1979

ITC Entertainment

Production company
Also known as
  • Doing Time (US title)
Songs featured include "Free Inside" sung by Joe Brown, "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads and Harry Nilsson's "Without You".
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Thursday 2nd September 2021 at 11:10pm on BBC4

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