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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 3 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 1pm

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 3 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 1pm on Gold
  2. Series 3 Episode 3: Tomorrow at 5:40pm on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 6: Saturday at 5pm on Drama
  4. Series 3 Episode 1: Saturday at 5:40pm on Drama
  5. Series 3 Episode 2: Saturday at 6:20pm on Drama
  6. Series 3 Episode 4: Monday at 1pm on Gold
  7. Series 3 Episode 4: Monday at 5:40pm on Gold
  8. Series 3 Episode 5: Tuesday at 1pm on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 5: Tuesday at 5:40pm on Gold
  10. Series 3 Episode 6: Wednesday at 1pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 6: Wednesday at 5:40pm on Gold
  12. Series 1 Episode 4: Wednesday at 10pm on Yesterday
  13. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  14. Series 1 Episode 6: Wednesday at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  15. Series 1 Episode 1: Thursday 3rd August at 12:40pm on Gold
  16. Series 1 Episode 4: Thursday 3rd August at 3pm on Yesterday
  17. Series 1 Episode 5: Thursday 3rd August at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  18. Series 1 Episode 6: Thursday 3rd August at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  19. Series 1 Episode 1: Thursday 3rd August at 5:20pm on Gold
  20. Series 1 Episode 2: Friday 4th August at 1pm on Gold
  21. Series 1 Episode 2: Friday 4th August at 5:40pm on Gold
  22. Series 3 Episode 3: Saturday 5th August at 5pm on Drama
  23. Series 3 Episode 4: Saturday 5th August at 5:40pm on Drama
  24. Series 3 Episode 5: Saturday 5th August at 6:20pm on Drama
  25. Series 1 Episode 3: Monday 7th August at 1pm on Gold
  26. Series 1 Episode 3: Monday 7th August at 5:40pm on Gold
  27. Series 1 Episode 4: Tuesday 8th August at 1pm on Gold
  28. Series 1 Episode 4: Tuesday 8th August at 5:40pm on Gold
  29. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday 9th August at 1pm on Gold
  30. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday 9th August at 5:40pm on Gold
  31. Series 2 Episode 1: Wednesday 9th August at 10pm on Yesterday
  32. Series 2 Episode 2: Wednesday 9th August at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  33. Series 2 Episode 3: Wednesday 9th August at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  34. Series 1 Episode 6: Thursday 10th August at 1pm on Gold
  35. Series 2 Episode 1: Thursday 10th August at 3pm on Yesterday
  36. Series 2 Episode 2: Thursday 10th August at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  37. Series 2 Episode 3: Thursday 10th August at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  38. Series 1 Episode 6: Thursday 10th August at 5:40pm on Gold
  39. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday 11th August at 1pm on Gold
  40. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday 11th August at 5:40pm on Gold

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