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 3, Episode 2 is repeated on Gold today at 12:20pm.

Series 2

1. Just Desserts

First broadcast: Friday 24th October 1975

Fletch has acquired an illicit tin of pineapple chunks, but they are stolen before he has the chance to enjoy them. It soon emerges that the pineapple chunks have surfaced in a rather unexpected place, while Godber attempts to nick him a replacement from the prison kitchen.


2. Heartbreak Hotel

First broadcast: Friday 31st October 1975

Being on the inside doesn't stop Godber romancing his fiancée, Denise, although events on the outside ensure the path of true love doesn't run smoothly. An unexpected letter leads to Godber having to explain his actions to the governor, but are there blue skies on the horizon?


3. Disturbing The Peace

First broadcast: Friday 7th November 1975

The prisoners look forward to a more relaxed life when Mr Mackay leaves - but he's soon replaced by Wainwright, the toughest screw in the system. When he moves Mr. Barrowclough from the cells to the prison farm, the inmates decide enough is enough.


4. No Peace For The Wicked

First broadcast: Friday 14th November 1975

It's Saturday afternoon and it's a beautiful day outside, but all Fletch wants is an uninterrupted afternoon in his cell with his dirty magazine. Unfortunately he has an endless stream of visitors, keen to divert his attentions in several other directions.


5. Happy Release

First broadcast: Friday 21st November 1975

Fletch arrives in the prison hospital with a broken ankle to find that old man Blanco has lost his treasured possessions to soon-to-be-released Norris. Worried he's nearing death, Blanco offers Fletch his last item: a map...


6. The Harder They Fall

First broadcast: Friday 28th November 1975

Godber has reached the inter-wing boxing tournament finals and is a favourite to win. However, for Grouty's gambling syndicate, the opportunity to make a profit outweighs any concern for following the Marquess of Queensberry rules.


Christmas Special: No Way Out

First broadcast: Wednesday 24th December 1975

Fletcher plans to spend Christmas in hospital to avoid being press-ganged into Grouty's latest scheme to spring a fellow prisoner. His plan backfires when Grouty finds out about his upcoming civilian hospital appointment and gives him a vital role in proceedings.


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