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 4 is repeated on Gold tomorrow at 8:40am.

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. Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 8:40am on Gold
  2. Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 11:20am on Gold
  3. Wednesday 28th October 2020 at 3:20pm on Gold

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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