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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 6 is repeated on Gold on Monday at 12pm

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 6: Monday at 12pm on Gold
  2. Series 3 Episode 6: Monday at 6:40pm on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 3: Tuesday at 6:40pm on Gold
  4. Series 2 Episode 6: Wednesday at 12pm on Gold
  5. Series 2 Episode 6: Wednesday at 6:55pm on Gold
  6. Series 1 Episode 5: Thursday at 12pm on Gold
  7. Series 1 Episode 5: Thursday at 6:40pm on Gold
  8. Series 1 Episode 2: Thursday at 10pm on Yesterday
  9. Series 1 Episode 6: Friday at 12pm on Gold
  10. Series 1 Episode 2: Friday at 4pm on YesterdayShow all repeats
  11. Series 1 Episode 6: Friday at 6:40pm on Gold
  12. Series 1 Episode 3: Monday 30th October at 10pm on Yesterday
  13. Series 1 Episode 3: Tuesday 31st October at 4pm on Yesterday
  14. Series 1 Episode 4: Tuesday 31st October at 10pm on Yesterday
  15. Series 1 Episode 4: Wednesday 1st November at 4pm on Yesterday
  16. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday 1st November at 10pm on Yesterday
  17. Series 1 Episode 5: Thursday 2nd November at 4pm on Yesterday
  18. Series 1 Episode 6: Thursday 2nd November at 10pm on Yesterday
  19. Series 1 Episode 6: Friday 3rd November at 4pm on Yesterday

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