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 1, Episode 3 is repeated on Gold today at 9:50am.

Series 3, Episode 2 - Poetic Justice

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.

Broadcast details

Friday 25th February 1977
30 minutes


    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Ronnie Barker Fletcher
    Richard Beckinsale Godber
    Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
    Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
    Michael Barrington Governor Venables
    Ronald Lacey Harris
    Tony Osoba McLaren
    Sam Kelly Warren
    Guest cast
    Paul McDowell Mr. Collinson
    Maurice Denham Rawley
    Writing team
    Dick Clement Writer
    Ian La Frenais Writer
    Production team
    Sydney Lotterby Director
    Sydney Lotterby Producer
    John Dunstan Editor
    Howard Dell Editor
    Tim Gleeson Production Designer
    Max Harris Composer

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