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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 1, Episode 6 is repeated on Gold today at 11:20am

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 1 Episode 6: Today at 11:20am on Gold
  2. Series 3 Episode 5: Today at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  3. Series 3 Episode 6: Today at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  4. Series 3 Episode 6: Today at 6:40pm on Gold
  5. Series 3 Episode 6: Tomorrow at 11:35am on Gold
  6. Series 1 Episode 1: Saturday at 5:40pm on Drama
  7. Series 1 Episode 2: Saturday at 6:20pm on Drama
  8. Series 3 Episode 1: Saturday 8th July at 8am on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 1: Saturday 8th July at 11:20am on Gold
  10. Series 3 Episode 2: Saturday 8th July at 12pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 3: Saturday 8th July at 12:40pm on Gold
  12. Series 3 Episode 4: Saturday 8th July at 1:20pm on Gold
  13. Series 3 Episode 5: Saturday 8th July at 2pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 6: Saturday 8th July at 2:40pm on Gold
  15. Series 1 Episode 1: Saturday 8th July at 3:20pm on Gold
  16. Series 1 Episode 2: Saturday 8th July at 4pm on Gold
  17. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Saturday 8th July at 4:40pm on Gold
  18. Series 1 Episode 3: Saturday 8th July at 5pm on Drama
  19. Series 1 Episode 4: Saturday 8th July at 5:40pm on Drama
  20. Series 1 Episode 5: Saturday 8th July at 6:20pm on Drama
  21. Series 1 Episode 1: Sunday 9th July at 1:10pm on Gold
  22. Series 1 Episode 2: Sunday 9th July at 1:50pm on Gold
  23. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Sunday 9th July at 2:30pm on Gold
  24. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 10th July at 1pm on Gold
  25. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 10th July at 5:40pm on Gold
  26. Series 1 Episode 2: Tuesday 11th July at 1pm on Gold
  27. Series 1 Episode 2: Tuesday 11th July at 5:40pm on Gold
  28. Series 1 Episode 3: Wednesday 12th July at 1pm on Gold
  29. Series 1 Episode 3: Wednesday 12th July at 5:40pm on Gold
  30. Series 1 Episode 4: Thursday 13th July at 1pm on Gold
  31. Series 1 Episode 4: Thursday 13th July at 5:40pm on Gold
  32. Series 1 Episode 5: Friday 14th July at 1pm on Gold
  33. Series 1 Episode 5: Friday 14th July at 5:40pm on Gold

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