British Comedy Guide

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 5 is repeated on Yesterday today at 4pm

Series 3, Episode 5 - A Test Of Character

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.

Broadcast details

Date
Friday 18th March 1977
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes
Ratings
15.2 million viewers

Repeats

  1. Saturday 31st October 2009 at 8:00pm on BBC2
  2. Friday 2nd September 2011 at 10:40am on Gold
  3. Friday 2nd September 2011 at 3:20pm on Gold
  4. Sunday 18th September 2011 at 8:40am on Gold
  5. Sunday 18th September 2011 at 7:10pm on Gold
  6. Sunday 9th October 2011 at 9:00pm on Gold
  7. Thursday 17th November 2011 at 7:20pm on Gold
  8. Friday 18th November 2011 at 4:00pm on Gold
  9. Monday 5th March 2012 at 1:20pm on Gold
  10. Monday 5th March 2012 at 7:20pm on Gold
  11. Tuesday 15th May 2012 at 9:40pm on Gold
  12. Wednesday 16th May 2012 at 2:20pm on Gold
  13. Thursday 26th July 2012 at 1:05pm on Gold
  14. Thursday 26th July 2012 at 7:40pm on Gold
  15. Thursday 27th September 2012 at 9:00pm on Gold
  16. Friday 28th September 2012 at 12:20am on Gold
  17. Monday 12th November 2012 at 12:20pm on Gold
  18. Monday 12th November 2012 at 6:20pm on Gold
  19. Friday 28th December 2012 at 4:40pm on Gold
  20. Saturday 29th December 2012 at 9:40am on Gold
  21. Sunday 10th February 2013 at 1:40pm on Gold
  22. Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  23. Wednesday 3rd April 2013 at 12:10am on Gold
  24. Sunday 2nd June 2013 at 6:50pm on Gold
  25. Monday 3rd June 2013 at 9:00am on Gold
  26. Tuesday 16th July 2013 at 8:40pm on Gold
  27. Wednesday 17th July 2013 at 6:00pm on Gold
  28. Sunday 11th August 2013 at 2:40pm on Gold
  29. Saturday 16th November 2013 at 8:20pm on Gold
  30. Thursday 28th November 2013 at 7:00pm on Gold
  31. Friday 29th November 2013 at 11:40am on Gold
  32. Saturday 14th December 2013 at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  33. Sunday 15th December 2013 at 7:40pm on Yesterday
  34. Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 11:55am on Gold
  35. Thursday 23rd January 2014 at 6:40pm on Gold
  36. Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 6:00pm on Gold
  37. Wednesday 11th June 2014 at 8:20pm on Gold
  38. Thursday 12th June 2014 at 12:15am on Gold
  39. Sunday 15th June 2014 at 3:35pm on Gold
  40. Monday 25th August 2014 at 7:40pm on Gold
  41. Tuesday 26th August 2014 at 4:40pm on Gold
  42. Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 7:20pm on Gold
  43. Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 12:00pm on Gold
  44. Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 7:40pm on Gold
  45. Wednesday 28th January 2015 at 5:40pm on Gold
  46. Saturday 7th February 2015 at 7:00pm on Gold
  47. Sunday 8th February 2015 at 12:50pm on Gold
  48. Saturday 25th April 2015 at 9:40pm on Gold
  49. Sunday 26th April 2015 at 7:00pm on Gold
  50. Friday 26th June 2015 at 9:40pm on Gold
  51. Saturday 27th June 2015 at 2:00pm on Gold
  52. Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 8:00pm on Gold
  53. Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 2:40pm on Gold
  54. Wednesday 28th October 2015 at 8:00pm on Gold
  55. Thursday 29th October 2015 at 2:40pm on Gold
  56. Thursday 5th November 2015 at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  57. Friday 6th November 2015 at 8:40pm on Yesterday
  58. Thursday 17th December 2015 at 4:40pm on Gold
  59. Friday 18th December 2015 at 9:45am on Gold
  60. Friday 5th February 2016 at 8:00pm on Gold
  61. Saturday 6th February 2016 at 1:40pm on Gold
  62. Saturday 12th March 2016 at 5:40pm on Gold
  63. Sunday 13th March 2016 at 12:00pm on Gold
  64. Friday 3rd June 2016 at 1:40pm on Gold
  65. Friday 3rd June 2016 at 8:20pm on Gold
  66. Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  67. Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 8:40pm on Yesterday
  68. Sunday 21st August 2016 at 5:40pm on Drama
  69. Tuesday 4th October 2016 at 7:20pm on Gold
  70. Wednesday 5th October 2016 at 1:55pm on Gold
  71. Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 10:00am on Gold
  72. Wednesday 19th October 2016 at 4:20pm on Gold
  73. Thursday 10th November 2016 at 7:40pm on Gold
  74. Friday 11th November 2016 at 10:50am on Gold
  75. Friday 2nd December 2016 at 1:40pm on Gold
  76. Sunday 4th December 2016 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  77. Monday 5th December 2016 at 8:00pm on Yesterday
  78. Sunday 26th February 2017 at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  79. Monday 27th February 2017 at 9:40pm on Yesterday
  80. Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 6:40pm on Gold
  81. Thursday 27th April 2017 at 8:00pm on Gold
  82. Thursday 18th May 2017 at 6:40pm on Gold
  83. Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 11:20am on Gold
  84. Tuesday 13th June 2017 at 1:50pm on Gold
  85. Thursday 22nd June 2017 at 6:40pm on Gold
  86. Friday 23rd June 2017 at 12:00pm on Gold
  87. Wednesday 28th June 2017 at 9:00pm on Yesterday
  88. Thursday 29th June 2017 at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  89. Saturday 8th July 2017 at 2:00pm on Gold
  90. Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 1:00pm on Gold
  91. Tuesday 1st August 2017 at 5:40pm on Gold
  92. Saturday 5th August 2017 at 6:20pm on Drama
  93. Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 6:20pm on Gold
  94. Thursday 17th August 2017 at 12:20pm on Gold
  95. Wednesday 30th August 2017 at 10:40pm on Yesterday
  96. Thursday 31st August 2017 at 3:40pm on Yesterday
  97. Friday 13th October 2017 at 1:00pm on Gold
  98. Friday 13th October 2017 at 6:20pm on Gold
  99. Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 10:00pm on Yesterday
  100. Thursday 21st December 2017 at 4:00pm on Yesterday
  101. Friday 5th January 2018 at 8:00pm on Gold

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Ronnie Barker Fletcher
Richard Beckinsale Godber
Fulton Mackay Mr. Mackay
Brian Wilde Mr. Barrowclough
Tony Osoba McLaren
Sam Kelly Warren
Guest cast
Alun Armstrong Spraggon
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Sydney Lotterby Director
Sydney Lotterby Producer
John Dunstan Editor
Geoff Higgs Editor
Tim Gleeson Production Designer
Max Harris Composer

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