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 on Saturday at 8pm.

Series 2, Episode 5 - Happy Release

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...

Broadcast details

Friday 21st November 1975
30 minutes


  1. Saturday 6th March 2021 at 9:20pm on Yesterday

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Godber
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Guest cast
Paul McDowell Mr. Collinson
David Jason Blanco
Colin Farrell Norris
Terence Soall Medical Officer
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer

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