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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 2, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 3:40pm

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company

British Broadcasting Corporation

Also known as

Seven Of One: Prisoner And Escort (Pilot)

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

Location

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 2 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 3:40pm on Gold
  2. Series 2 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 7pm on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 4: Tuesday at 3:20pm on Gold
  4. Series 2 Episode 4: Tuesday at 6:40pm on Gold
  5. Series 2 Episode 5: Wednesday at 3:40pm on Gold
  6. Series 2 Episode 5: Wednesday at 7pm on Gold
  7. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Wednesday at 10pm on Yesterday
  8. Series 2 Episode 6: Thursday at 3:20pm on Gold
  9. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Thursday at 4pm on Yesterday
  10. Series 2 Episode 6: Thursday at 6:40pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday at 3:20pm on Gold
  12. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday at 6:40pm on Gold
  13. Series 3 Episode 2: Monday 27th November at 3:35pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 2: Monday 27th November at 6:55pm on Gold
  15. Series 3 Episode 3: Tuesday 28th November at 3pm on Gold
  16. Series 3 Episode 3: Tuesday 28th November at 6:20pm on Gold
  17. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday 29th November at 3:20pm on Gold
  18. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday 29th November at 6:40pm on Gold
  19. Series 2 Episode 7: Friday 1st December at 11:45am on Gold
  20. Series 2 Episode 7: Friday 1st December at 7:40pm on Gold
  21. Series 2 Episode 1: Monday 4th December at 10pm on Yesterday
  22. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 4th December at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  23. Series 2 Episode 1: Tuesday 5th December at 4pm on Yesterday
  24. Series 1 Episode 1: Tuesday 5th December at 4:40pm on Yesterday
  25. Series 2 Episode 2: Tuesday 5th December at 10pm on Yesterday
  26. Series 2 Episode 2: Wednesday 6th December at 4pm on Yesterday
  27. Series 2 Episode 3: Wednesday 6th December at 10pm on Yesterday
  28. Series 2 Episode 3: Thursday 7th December at 4pm on Yesterday
  29. Series 2 Episode 4: Thursday 7th December at 10pm on Yesterday
  30. Series 2 Episode 4: Friday 8th December at 4pm on Yesterday

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