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 3 is repeated on Yesterday today at 11:30pm.

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

Thursday 10th October 1974
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Ronnie Barker Fletcher
    Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
    Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
    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
    Max Harris Composer
    David Chandler Production Designer

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