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 1, Episode 1 is repeated on Gold on Monday at 9:40am.

Series 1, Episode 4 - A Day Out

Fletcher and Godber join MacKay and Barrowclough's work party, digging drainage ditches for the council. When MacKay calls into the village, the party take advantage of Barrowclough's easygoing nature, but get more than they bargained for after taking shelter from the elements in a church.

Broadcast details

Thursday 26th September 1974
30 minutes


  1. Thursday 5th August 2021 at 9:20am on Gold
  2. Thursday 5th August 2021 at 12:40pm on Gold
  3. Thursday 5th August 2021 at 6:00pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Godber
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Guest cast
Ken Jones Ives
Paul Angelis Navy Rum
Philip Jackson Melvin Bottomley (Dylan)
Robert Gillespie Vicar
John Rutland Verger
Johnny Wade Scrounger
Arnold Peters Chief Prison Officer
Ralph Watson Landlord
Peggy Mason Nurse
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer

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