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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The Desperate Hours

Hauled in front of the governor after being caught with illicit Christmas booze, Fletcher and Godber become embroiled in Urwin's escape bid as he holds Mr Barrowclough and the governor's secretary hostage.

Broadcast details

Friday 24th December 1976
40 minutes


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Cast & crew

Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Godber
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Michael Barrington Governor Venables
Tony Osoba McLaren
Sam Kelly Warren
Guest cast
Michael Redfern Tulip
Dudley Sutton Reg Urwin
Jane Wenham Mrs. Jamieson
Ken Wynne Keegan
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Peter Bird Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Max Harris Composer

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