British Comedy Guide

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 tomorrow at 3:20pm

Series 1, Episode 6 - Men Without Women

Fletcher has been offering his advice to his fellow prisoners on the topic of romance. Letters written home result in a visiting room full of wives and sweethearts, but Fletcher's visitor is his eldest daughter. Should he be following his own advice?

Broadcast details

Date
Thursday 10th October 1974
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Ratings
12.1 million viewers

Repeats

  1. Sunday 23rd May 2010 at 6:40pm on BBC2
  2. Sunday 15th May 2011 at 8:20pm on Gold
  3. Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 11:20am on Gold
  4. Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 4:40pm on Gold
  5. Sunday 11th September 2011 at 7:10pm on Gold
  6. Thursday 20th October 2011 at 1:20pm on Gold
  7. Thursday 20th October 2011 at 8:40pm on Gold
  8. Sunday 8th January 2012 at 12:05pm on Gold
  9. Thursday 2nd February 2012 at 8:40pm on Gold
  10. Friday 3rd February 2012 at 12:40am on Gold
  11. Tuesday 24th April 2012 at 9:40pm on Gold
  12. Wednesday 25th April 2012 at 3:00pm on Gold
  13. Wednesday 19th September 2012 at 9:40pm on Gold
  14. Thursday 20th September 2012 at 1:20am on Gold
  15. Friday 26th October 2012 at 12:20pm on Gold
  16. Friday 26th October 2012 at 6:20pm on Gold
  17. Sunday 3rd February 2013 at 10:20am on Gold
  18. Tuesday 12th March 2013 at 8:25pm on Gold
  19. Wednesday 13th March 2013 at 12:20am on Gold
  20. Sunday 14th April 2013 at 12:20pm on Gold
  21. Sunday 14th April 2013 at 9:40pm on Gold
  22. Tuesday 4th June 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  23. Wednesday 5th June 2013 at 12:10am on Gold
  24. Tuesday 9th July 2013 at 8:40pm on Gold
  25. Wednesday 10th July 2013 at 6:00pm on Gold
  26. Saturday 10th August 2013 at 12:20pm on Gold
  27. Saturday 21st September 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  28. Thursday 31st October 2013 at 7:00pm on Gold
  29. Friday 1st November 2013 at 12:20pm on Gold
  30. Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 12:35pm on Gold
  31. Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  32. Monday 10th March 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  33. Tuesday 11th March 2014 at 1:20am on Gold
  34. Thursday 15th May 2014 at 8:20pm on Gold
  35. Thursday 15th May 2014 at 11:40pm on Gold
  36. Saturday 14th June 2014 at 1:00pm on Gold
  37. Monday 4th August 2014 at 8:20pm on Gold
  38. Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 5:20pm on Gold
  39. Sunday 7th September 2014 at 6:45pm on BBC2
  40. Sunday 14th September 2014 at 7:30pm on BBC2 Wales
  41. Thursday 25th September 2014 at 6:50pm on Gold
  42. Friday 26th September 2014 at 12:00pm on Gold
  43. Thursday 1st January 2015 at 3:50pm on Gold
  44. Friday 2nd January 2015 at 11:45am on Gold
  45. Saturday 11th April 2015 at 10:20pm on Gold
  46. Sunday 12th April 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  47. Friday 5th June 2015 at 10:20pm on Gold
  48. Saturday 6th June 2015 at 2:50pm on Gold
  49. Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 8:40pm on Gold
  50. Thursday 17th September 2015 at 3:20pm on Gold
  51. Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 8:20pm on Gold
  52. Sunday 4th October 2015 at 2:10pm on Gold
  53. Thursday 8th October 2015 at 11:25pm on Yesterday
  54. Friday 9th October 2015 at 9:20pm on Yesterday
  55. Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 4:50pm on Gold
  56. Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 9:55am on Gold
  57. Saturday 16th January 2016 at 6:20pm on Gold
  58. Sunday 17th January 2016 at 12:20pm on Gold
  59. Wednesday 27th January 2016 at 8:40pm on Gold
  60. Thursday 28th January 2016 at 2:00pm on Gold
  61. Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  62. Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  63. Friday 13th May 2016 at 1:35pm on Gold
  64. Friday 13th May 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  65. Sunday 24th July 2016 at 6:20pm on Drama
  66. Monday 25th July 2016 at 3:00pm on Gold
  67. Monday 25th July 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  68. Monday 1st August 2016 at 3:00pm on Gold
  69. Monday 1st August 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  70. Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at 8:15pm on Gold
  71. Wednesday 24th August 2016 at 12:45pm on Gold
  72. Monday 12th September 2016 at 7:20pm on Gold
  73. Monday 3rd October 2016 at 10:10am on Gold
  74. Monday 3rd October 2016 at 4:40pm on Gold
  75. Thursday 17th November 2016 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  76. Friday 18th November 2016 at 8:00pm on Yesterday
  77. Sunday 22nd January 2017 at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  78. Monday 23rd January 2017 at 10:20pm on Yesterday
  79. Thursday 26th January 2017 at 8:40pm on Gold
  80. Thursday 26th January 2017 at 11:55pm on Gold
  81. Wednesday 5th April 2017 at 6:45pm on Gold
  82. Monday 8th May 2017 at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  83. Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  84. Thursday 29th June 2017 at 11:20am on Gold
  85. Saturday 15th July 2017 at 2:00pm on Gold
  86. Saturday 15th July 2017 at 5:00pm on Drama
  87. Sunday 16th July 2017 at 12:20pm on Gold
  88. Monday 17th July 2017 at 12:40pm on Gold
  89. Monday 17th July 2017 at 5:30pm on Gold
  90. Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 11:20pm on Yesterday
  91. Thursday 3rd August 2017 at 4:20pm on Yesterday
  92. Thursday 10th August 2017 at 1:00pm on Gold
  93. Thursday 10th August 2017 at 5:40pm on Gold
  94. Friday 27th October 2017 at 12:00pm on Gold
  95. Friday 27th October 2017 at 6:40pm on Gold
  96. Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  97. Friday 3rd November 2017 at 4:00pm on Yesterday
  98. Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 3:40pm on Gold
  99. Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 7:00pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay (Senior Prison Officer)
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough (Prison Officer)
Michael Barrington Governor Venables
Brian Glover Heslop
Christopher Biggins Lukewarm
Sam Kelly Warren
Guest cast
Emlyn Price Tolly
June Ellis Isobel Fletcher
Patricia Brake Ingrid Fletcher
Susan Littler Norma
Andonia Katsaros Iris
Rosalind Elliot Elaine
Royston Tickner Sergeant Norris
Donald Groves Trevor
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Ray Millichope Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
David Chandler Production Designer
Max Harris Composer

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