British Comedy Guide

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: BBC.

Porridge (1973)

BBC One and BBC Two sitcom about the inmates in a prison. 21 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 1973 - 1977. Stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde and others.

Series 3, Episode 1 is repeated on Yesterday on Saturday at 10pm

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company

British Broadcasting Corporation

Theme tune composed by Max Harris. Introductory sentencing performed by Ronnie Barker.
Laugh track
Live audience


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.

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 1st April 1973 on BBC Two at 8:15pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 25th March 1977 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Upcoming repeats
  1. Series 3 Episode 1: Saturday at 10pm on Yesterday
  2. Series 3 Episode 2: Saturday at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  3. Series 3 Episode 3: Saturday at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  4. Series 3 Episode 1: Sunday at 8pm on Yesterday
  5. Series 3 Episode 2: Sunday at 8:40pm on Yesterday
  6. Series 3 Episode 3: Sunday at 9:20pm on Yesterday
  7. Series 3 Episode 4: Sunday at 10pm on Yesterday
  8. Series 3 Episode 5: Sunday at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  9. Series 3 Episode 6: Sunday at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  10. Series 3 Episode 4: Monday at 9pm on YesterdayShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 5: Monday at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  12. Series 3 Episode 6: Monday at 10:20pm on Yesterday
  13. Series 2 Episode 7: Thursday 9th March at 6:40pm on Gold
  14. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Thursday 9th March at 7:40pm on Gold
  15. Series 2 Episode 7: Friday 10th March at 12:40pm on Gold
  16. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Friday 10th March at 6:40pm on Gold

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