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 3 is repeated on Gold today at 9:50am.

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


  1. Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 9:50am on Gold
  2. Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 2:20pm on Gold
  3. Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 6:50pm on Gold

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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