Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Godber (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: BBC

Porridge (1973)

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One / BBC Two
  • 1973 - 1977
  • 21 episodes (3 series)

Ronnie Barker stars as Norman Stanley Fletcher, trying to keep his nose clean and guiding his young 'roomie' Godber, whilst residing in HMP Slade. Stars Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Michael Barrington and more.

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Prisoner And Escort

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Mr. Mackay (Fulton Mackay), Fletcher (Ronnie Barker), Mr. Barrowclough (Brian Wilde). Copyright: BBC
It's New Years Eve, and Norman Stanley Fletcher is escorted from London to Slade Prison in the far North of England to begin a five-year sentence for stealing a lorry. But it's a long journey from London to HMP Slade - can Fletch escape his escort?

Broadcast details

Sunday 1st April 1973
30 minutes


Show past repeats

Date Time Channel
Saturday 14th November 2009 7:00pm BBC2
Monday 13th January 2014 11:50am Gold
Monday 13th January 2014 6:40pm Gold
Sunday 23rd February 2014 1:40pm Gold
Sunday 23rd February 2014 8:20pm Gold
Saturday 26th April 2014 8:00pm BBC2
Wednesday 4th June 2014 6:40pm Gold
Thursday 5th June 2014 12:40am Gold
Saturday 14th June 2014 9:00am Gold
Wednesday 27th August 2014 11:40am Gold
Monday 15th September 2014 12:00pm Gold
Tuesday 24th August 2021 8:30pm BBC4

Cast & crew

Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Guest cast
Hamish Roughead Police Officer
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
James Gilbert Executive Producer
Ray Millichope Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Max Harris Composer

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