Porridge. Fletch (Kevin Bishop). Copyright: BBC.

Porridge (2016)

BBC One sitcom about life in prison. 7 episodes (pilot + 1 series), 2016 - 2017. Stars Kevin Bishop, Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar, Dominic Coleman and others.

Porridge. Image shows from L to R: Aziz (Harman Singh), Officer Braithwaite (Dominic Coleman), Joe Lotterby (Dave Hill), Officer Meekie (Mark Bonnar), Fletch (Kevin Bishop), Shel (Jason Barnett). Copyright: BBC.


Reinvention of the classic Ronnie Barker sitcom Porridge. Fletch's grandson, Fletch, is imprisoned for cyber crimes

2016 - 2017
7   (1 pilot + 1 series)
Kevin Bishop, Dave Hill, Mark Bonnar, Dominic Coleman, Jason Barnett, Harman Singh, Harry Peacock, Ricky Grover and others
Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais
Dominic Brigstocke
Richard Webb

Porridge, the classic prison sitcom, returns nearly 40 years after Norman Stanley Fletcher served his time.

Fletch's grandson, also known as Fletch, is imprisoned for a series of cyber-crimes and finds himself sharing a cell with a former inmate of his grandfather's, Joe Lotterby. Watching over them are guards Meekie: a dour, mealy-mouthed Scot with an extremely suspicious nature; and Braithwaite: easily manipulated, but still not to be pushed too far.

Also inside are Shel and Aziz, with whom Fletch quickly becomes friends, and prison bad-boy Richie Weeks, whom he tries his best to stay in the good books of - lest he fall foul of Weeks's psychotic handyman, Scudds!

Production Details

Part of

Landmark Sitcom Season

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 28th August 2016 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last new broadcast
Friday 10th November 2017 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Thursday 29th April 2021 at 9:00am on Gold

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