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: Fletch (Kevin Bishop), Joe Lotterby (Dave Hill). Copyright: BBC.


Nigel Fletcher is imprisoned for a series of cyber-crimes and finds himself beholden to prison bad boy Richie Weeks, forced to use his hacking skills to get Weeks off the hook. The greater problem is that wily prison officer Meekie has got his beady eye on Fletch - he knows a wrong 'un when he sees one.


This episode was commissioned and produced as a one-off special rather than a pilot for a prospective series.

Broadcast details

Sunday 28th August 2016
30 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
Kevin Bishop Fletch
Dave Hill Joe Lotterby
Mark Bonnar Officer Meekie
Dominic Coleman Officer Braithwaite
Jason Barnett Shel
Harman Singh Aziz
Ricky Grover Scudds
Pippa Haywood Governor Hallwood
Zahra Ahmadi Dr Tessa Marsden
Colin McFarlane Judge (Voice)
Guest cast
Ralph Ineson Richie Weeks
Martin Trenaman Raymond Fletcher
Joanne Mitchell Prosecuting Counsel
Edward Kagutuzi Skinny Kid
Steve Marsh Andy
Writing team
Dick Clement Writer
Ian La Frenais Writer
Production team
Dominic Brigstocke Director
Richard Webb Producer
Gregor Sharp Executive Producer

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