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.

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Series 2 - No Way Out

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.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 24th December 1975
45 minutes


  1. Wednesday 8th April 2020 at 12:00am on Yesterday
  2. Wednesday 8th April 2020 at 10:00pm on Yesterday

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Godber
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Christopher Biggins Lukewarm
Sam Kelly Warren
Guest cast
Peter Vaughan Harry Grout
Graham Crowden Prison Doctor
Elisabeth Day Nurse
Carol Hawkins Sandra
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
Ray Millichope Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Max Harris Composer

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