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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 2, Episode 4 is repeated on Gold on tomorrow at 5pm

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 2 Episode 4: Tomorrow at 5pm on Gold
  2. Series 3 Episode 1: Tomorrow at 5:40pm on Gold
  3. Series 2 Episode 4: Monday at 10:20am on Gold
  4. Series 3 Episode 1: Monday at 11am on Gold
  5. Series 3 Episode 1: Thursday at 6:40pm on Gold
  6. Series 3 Episode 1: Friday at 12pm on Gold
  7. Series 1 Episode 4: Monday 5th June at 11:20am on Gold
  8. Series 3 Episode 2: Monday 5th June at 8pm on Gold
  9. Series 3 Episode 3: Monday 5th June at 8:40pm on Gold
  10. Series 1 Episode 5: Tuesday 6th June at 11:20am on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 3 Episode 1: Wednesday 7th June at 11:20am on Gold
  12. Series 3 Episode 2: Thursday 8th June at 11:20am on Gold
  13. Series 3 Episode 2: Thursday 8th June at 2:40pm on Gold
  14. Series 3 Episode 3: Friday 9th June at 11:20am on Gold
  15. Series 3 Episode 3: Friday 9th June at 2:40pm on Gold

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