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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 4pm

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 4pm on Yesterday
  2. Series 3 Episode 2: Today at 10pm on Yesterday
  3. Series 3 Episode 2: Tomorrow at 4pm on Yesterday
  4. Series 3 Episode 3: Monday at 10pm on Yesterday
  5. Series 3 Episode 3: Tuesday at 4pm on Yesterday
  6. Series 3 Episode 4: Tuesday at 10pm on Yesterday
  7. Series 3 Episode 4: Wednesday at 4pm on Yesterday
  8. Series 2 Episode 7: Wednesday at 7pm on Drama
  9. Series 3 Episode 5: Wednesday at 10pm on Yesterday
  10. Series 3 Episode 5: Thursday 21st December at 4pm on YesterdayShow all repeats
  11. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Thursday 21st December at 7pm on Drama
  12. Series 3 Episode 6: Thursday 21st December at 10pm on Yesterday
  13. Series 3 Episode 6: Friday 22nd December at 4pm on Yesterday
  14. Series 3 Episode 4: Monday 1st January at 2:50pm on Gold
  15. Series 3 Episode 4: Monday 1st January at 7pm on Gold
  16. Series 1 Episode 4: Tuesday 2nd January at 8pm on Gold
  17. Series 1 Episode 5: Tuesday 2nd January at 8:40pm on Gold
  18. Series 1 Episode 1: Tuesday 2nd January at 9pm on Yesterday
  19. Series 1 Episode 2: Tuesday 2nd January at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  20. Series 1 Episode 3: Tuesday 2nd January at 10:20pm on Yesterday
  21. Series 3 Episode 1: Wednesday 3rd January at 8pm on Gold
  22. Series 3 Episode 2: Wednesday 3rd January at 8:40pm on Gold
  23. Series 3 Episode 3: Thursday 4th January at 8pm on Gold
  24. Series 3 Episode 4: Thursday 4th January at 8:40pm on Gold
  25. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday 5th January at 2:40pm on Gold
  26. Series 3 Episode 5: Friday 5th January at 8pm on Gold
  27. Series 3 Episode 6: Friday 5th January at 8:40pm on Gold

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