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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 1 is repeated on Gold today at 7:40pm

Production Details

Part of

Seven Of One

Production company

British Broadcasting Corporation

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 2 Episode 1: Today at 7:40pm on Gold
  2. Series 1 Episode 3: Today at 8:20pm on Gold
  3. Series 3 Episode 1: Today at 9pm on Gold
  4. Series 1 Episode 1: Saturday at 1pm on Gold
  5. Series 1 Episode 2: Saturday at 1:40pm on Gold
  6. Series 1 Episode 3: Saturday at 2:20pm on Gold
  7. Series 1 Episode 4: Saturday at 3pm on Gold
  8. Series 1 Episode 5: Saturday at 3:40pm on Gold
  9. Series 2 Episode 7: Saturday at 4:20pm on Gold
  10. Series 1 Episode 1: Saturday at 5:20pm on GoldShow all repeats
  11. Series 1 Episode 2: Saturday at 6pm on Gold
  12. Series 1 Episode 3: Saturday at 6:40pm on Gold
  13. Series 2 Episode 1: Sunday at 10:10am on Gold
  14. Series 2 Episode 2: Sunday at 10:50am on Gold
  15. Series 2 Episode 3: Sunday at 11:30am on Gold
  16. Series 1 Episode 5: Sunday at 12:50pm on Gold
  17. Series 2 Episode 7: Sunday at 1:30pm on Gold
  18. Series 2 Episode 4: Sunday at 2:30pm on Gold
  19. Series 2 Episode 5: Sunday at 3:10pm on Gold
  20. Series 2 Episode 6: Sunday at 3:50pm on Gold
  21. Series 2 Episode 1: Sunday at 6:20pm on Gold
  22. Series 2 Episode 2: Sunday at 7pm on Gold
  23. Series 2 Episode 3: Sunday at 7:40pm on Gold
  24. Series 2 Episode 5: Sunday at 8:55pm on Gold
  25. Series 2 Episode 6: Monday at 11:40am on Gold
  26. Series 2 Episode 4: Thursday 30th March at 8:20pm on Gold
  27. Series 3 Episode 4: Friday 31st March at 8:10pm on Gold
  28. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Saturday 1st April at 2:25pm on Gold
  29. Series 2 Episode 7: Saturday 1st April at 8pm on Gold
  30. The Desperate Hours Episode 1: Sunday 2nd April at 12:30pm on Gold
  31. Series 2 Episode 7: Sunday 2nd April at 4:50pm on Gold
  32. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 3rd April at 1:05pm on Gold
  33. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 3rd April at 6:15pm on Gold
  34. Series 1 Episode 2: Monday 3rd April at 6:55pm on Gold
  35. Series 1 Episode 1: Monday 3rd April at 9pm on Yesterday
  36. Series 1 Episode 2: Monday 3rd April at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  37. Series 1 Episode 3: Tuesday 4th April at 1:05pm on Gold
  38. Series 1 Episode 1: Tuesday 4th April at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  39. Series 1 Episode 2: Tuesday 4th April at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  40. Series 1 Episode 3: Tuesday 4th April at 6:05pm on Gold
  41. Series 1 Episode 4: Tuesday 4th April at 6:45pm on Gold
  42. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday 5th April at 1:05pm on Gold
  43. Series 1 Episode 5: Wednesday 5th April at 6:05pm on Gold
  44. Series 1 Episode 6: Wednesday 5th April at 6:45pm on Gold
  45. Series 2 Episode 1: Wednesday 5th April at 9:40pm on Gold
  46. Series 2 Episode 2: Thursday 6th April at 1:05pm on Gold
  47. Series 2 Episode 1: Thursday 6th April at 6:20pm on Gold
  48. Series 2 Episode 2: Thursday 6th April at 7:40pm on Gold
  49. Series 2 Episode 3: Friday 7th April at 1:05pm on Gold
  50. Series 2 Episode 3: Friday 7th April at 6:05pm on Gold

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