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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 3, Episode 1 is repeated on Yesterday today at 3pm

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company

British Broadcasting Corporation

Also known as

Seven Of One: Prisoner And Escort (Pilot)

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: Today at 3pm on Yesterday
  2. Series 3 Episode 2: Today at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  3. Series 3 Episode 3: Today at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  4. Series 2 Episode 4: Sunday at 12:20pm on Gold
  5. Series 2 Episode 5: Sunday at 2:20pm on Gold
  6. Series 2 Episode 5: Monday at 1:20pm on Gold
  7. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday at 10pm on Yesterday
  8. Series 3 Episode 5: Wednesday at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  9. Series 3 Episode 6: Wednesday at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  10. Series 3 Episode 4: Thursday 31st August at 3pm on YesterdayShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 5: Thursday 31st August at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  12. Series 3 Episode 6: Thursday 31st August at 4:20pm on Yesterday

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