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 3, Episode 2 is repeated on Gold today at 9am.

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

Friday 18th March 1977
30 minutes


  1. Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 9:00am on Gold
  2. Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 12:20pm on Gold
  3. Wednesday 21st April 2021 at 7:00pm 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

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