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, Christmas Special is repeated on Gold on Sunday at 9pm.

Series 3

1. A Storm In A Teacup

First broadcast: Friday 18th February 1977

Harris steals some pills from the Medical Officer, but manages to dispose of them when stopped by Mackay. Grouty is concerned the theft may lift the lid on his own thefts so ropes in Fletcher to replace the pills. Where will Fletcher find new medication before the end of the lunch hour?


2. Poetic Justice

First broadcast: Friday 25th February 1977

An old acquaintance of Fletcher's becomes the third occupant of the cell: the judge who sentenced him to five years! Initial resentment fades, and Fletcher decides that an old school friend of the Governor's could prove very useful. However, not all his fellow prisoners are as enlightened.


3. Rough Justice

First broadcast: Friday 4th March 1977

Judge Rawley appears to be settling into life on remand, but a theft shows old prejudices haven't entirely been left behind. Fletch and his fellow prisoners soon learn that fair application of the law doesn't always give consistent results.


4. Pardon Me

First broadcast: Friday 11th March 1977

Blanco's parole hearing is imminent and it looks like he will be successful, but he's not happy. Convicted of killing his wife, he's always denied he committed the crime. Why should he accept the parole board's decision that he's done his time and paid his penance when he's innocent?


5. A Test Of Character

First broadcast: Friday 18th March 1977

Godber's History O Level exams are a few days away. Fletcher enlists the help of Warren and McLaren to steal the exam paper - if Godber is so determined to pass, Fletch's going to make sure he's well prepared before he enters the exam room.


6. Final Stretch

First broadcast: Friday 25th March 1977

Godber's case is coming up before the parole board, and with his clean record and his O Levels, he's sure to sail through it. Unless his feud with Jarvis - all brawn but little brain - escalates. Can he turn the other cheek, or has a man got to do what a man's got to do?


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