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 Yesterday tomorrow at 12:20am.

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Going Straight. Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Going Straight

Freshly released from Slade Prison, Norman Stanley Fletcher struggles to adapt to the changes of late 1970s Britain whilst holding down his first job.

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Porridge. Copyright: WitzEnd Productions.

Porridge

A feature film based on the British television series of the same name. Features Ronnie Barker and the regular cast in the classic prison comedy.

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Thick As Thieves. Image shows from L to R: Stan (John Thaw), Annie (Pat Ashton), George Dobbs (Bob Hoskins). Copyright: London Weekend Television.

Thick As Thieves

Dobbs is in for a shock when he is released from prison after serving 3 years. He finds his wife is living with his old friend and fellow thief, Stan.

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The Visit. Image shows from L to R: Stevie (Craig Fitzpatrick), Michael (Iain McKee), Brian (John Henshaw). Copyright: BBC.

The Visit

Sitcom based in the visiting room at HMP Radford, a low-security prison.

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Channel 4.

The Ultimate Sitcom

Alexander Armstrong presents the results of a poll of those in the comedy industry to name the best sitcoms ever made.

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Sex And The Sitcom. Copyright: Crocodile Media.

Sex And The Sitcom

Documentary examining how society's attitudes towards sex and sexuality since the 1950s have been reflected in sitcom.

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Crims. Image shows from L to R: Jason (Kadiff Kirwan), Luke (Elis James). Copyright: BBC.

Crims

Sitcom series about a young man sentenced to two years in prison with his girlfriend's idiot brother.

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Mann's Best Friends. Image shows from L to R: Henry Mann (Barry Stanton), Hamish James Ordway (Fulton Mackay), Dolly Delights (Patricia Brake). Copyright: Thames Television.

Mann's Best Friends

Comedy about the misfit residents of a lodging house, their landlord, and the ex-water board official who moves in to try to bring some order.

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BBC Three.

Killing Time

Sitcom set in a women's prison. Features unrequited love, lesbianism, drug running and racial disharmony.

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The Cracksman. Ernest Wright (Charlie Drake). Copyright: Associated British Picture Corporation.

The Cracksman

Comic crime caper starring Charlie Drake as a naïve and unwilling safe-cracker, jail-breaker and home-breaker.

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Bloomers. Image shows from L to R: Dingley (David Swift), Stan (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: BBC.

Bloomers

Richard Beckinsale's final sitcom. He plays an actor who turns to the soil and a blooming new career.

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Water. Governor Baxter Thwaites (Michael Caine). Copyright: Hand Made Films.

Water

Comedy about the inhabitants of a small British Caribbean island whose world is changed when an American oil company strikes mineral water.

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Open All Hours. Image shows from L to R: Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), Granville (David Jason), Albert Arkwright (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Open All Hours

Mean-yet-loveable northern shopkeeper Arkwright is allergic to spending money - much to the trouble of his put-upon nephew and sole employee Granville.

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The Two Ronnies. Image shows from L to R: Ronnie Corbett, Ronnie Barker. Copyright: BBC.

The Two Ronnies

Hugely popular and long-running sketch show that established Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker as two of the biggest names in British comedy.

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Clarence. Clarence Sale (Ronnie Barker). Copyright: BBC.

Clarence

Comedy about Clarence, a short-sighted removal man who meets and falls in love with housemaid Jane Travers.

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The Likely Lads. Image shows from L to R: Terry Collier (James Bolam), Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes).

The Likely Lads

Bob and Terry are two lads from the North East with contrasting desires and ambitions - except when it comes to chatting up girls.

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Dead Boss. Helen Stephens (Sharon Horgan). Copyright: BBC.

Dead Boss

Sitcom set in Broadmarsh Prison, featuring a murder mystery element. Starring Sharon Horgan and Jennifer Saunders.

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Rising Damp. Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter). Copyright: Yorkshire Television.

Rising Damp

Rupert Rigsby is the grubby landlord of a seedy boarding house. His put-upon tenants include students Philip and Alan, and the glamorous Miss Jones.

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The Lovers. Image shows from L to R: Beryl (Paula Wilcox), Geoffrey (Richard Beckinsale). Copyright: Granada Television.

The Lovers

Young and inexperienced couple Geoffrey & Beryl have differing views on what is acceptable before marriage.

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Two Way Stretch. Image shows from L to R: Ethel (Liz Fraser), Dodger Lane (Peter Sellers), George 'Jelly' Knight (David Lodge). Copyright: Studio Canal.

Two Way Stretch

Vintage comedy starring Peter Sellers. Prisoner Dodger Lane plans a heist which will involve slipping out of prison to steal some diamonds.

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