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 4 is repeated on Yesterday today at 11pm.

Press Clippings

Poll reveals the best sitcom Christmas specials

The finale of The Office has been voted as the best TV Christmas sitcom special by readers of Radio Times.

British Comedy Guide, 11th December 2019

Clement & La Frenais to publish memoir

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais - the creators of sitcoms including Porridge and The Likely Lads - are to publish a memoir in September.

British Comedy Guide, 29th May 2019

Fawlty Towers tops Radio Times greatest British sitcom list

Fawlty Towers has come out top of a list of the greatest British sitcoms, as compiled by Radio Times magazine.

British Comedy Guide, 9th April 2019

The top 10 British sitcoms of the 70s

The 1970s is rightly lauded as the golden age of British sitcom.

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus, 1st December 2018

New version of Porridge ends after one series

The new version of Porridge has finished after one series. The BBC says they have no plans to film any more episodes.

British Comedy Guide, 22nd February 2018

Fawlty Towers named comedians' favourite sitcom

A survey of comedians has revealed that Fawlty Towers is their favourite sitcom, and Alan Partridge meeting his superfan is their favourite scene. "Don't tell him Pike" was picked as the favourite one-liner.

British Comedy Guide, 4th January 2017

Porridge feature

With a remake in the pipeline as part of the BBC's tribute season to classic sitcoms, we look at Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' brilliant 1970s comedy about the inmates of Slade Prison.

Andrew Martin, BBC, 22nd May 2016

Cast confirmed for new version of Porridge

Kevin Bishop has been confirmed as the lead actor in the new version of Porridge. The cast list also includes Mark Bonnar, Ralph Ineson and Dave Hill.

British Comedy Guide, 31st March 2016

Christopher Biggins slams down Porridge reboot

'I wish they would leave these things alone,' the actor, who appeared as Lukewarm in the comedy series, admitted after the Beeb decided Porridge would be one of five programmes to come back to our screens in 2016.

Rebecca Lewis, Metro, 23rd November 2015

BBC to produce new Porridge spin-off

The BBC is to revive classic sitcom Porridge. A new pilot episode will focus on Fletcher's loveable rogue grandson, who is also in prison.

British Comedy Guide, 15th November 2015