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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 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 1 is repeated on Drama on Sunday at 5pm.

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company

British Broadcasting Corporation

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.

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


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 1: Sunday at 5pm on Drama
  2. Series 2 Episode 2: Sunday at 5:40pm on Drama
  3. Series 2 Episode 3: Sunday at 6:20pm on Drama
  4. Series 1 Episode 5: Monday at 2:20pm on Gold
  5. Series 1 Episode 6: Monday at 3pm on Gold
  6. Series 1 Episode 5: Monday at 7:15pm on Gold
  7. Series 1 Episode 6: Monday at 8pm on Gold
  8. Series 2 Episode 4: Sunday 7th August at 5pm on Drama
  9. Series 2 Episode 5: Sunday 7th August at 5:40pm on Drama
  10. Series 2 Episode 6: Sunday 7th August at 6:20pm on DramaShow all repeats

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