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 9am.

Series 2, Episode 3 - Disturbing The Peace

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.

Broadcast details

Friday 7th November 1975
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 17th April 2021 at 9:00pm on Yesterday

Cast & crew

Regular cast
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
Peter Jeffrey Mr. Wainwright
Philip Madoc Williams
Madge Hindle Mrs. Heskith (Governor's Secretary)
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer

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