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.

Press Clippings

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

TV Review: Porridge, Episode 3

It's easy to knock this Porridge 2.0 with a stream of Ronnie-rolling-in-his-grave tweets. I know, I've probably posted a few myself. But - and I know it's a big but - if you can erase the memory of Ronnie Barker and judge this on its own merits as a populist prison comedy, this is not too bad.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 20th October 2017

Porridge revival is as thin as cold greul

Kevin Bishop does a good job as Nigel Fletcher, grandson of the original Fletch, immortalised by Ronnie Barker. He makes the Fletch trademarks -- the eye-roll, the sideways grimace -- look like family traits. But the whole production feels as fake as a glass diamond. One look tells you this isn't the real thing.

Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, 16th October 2017

Porridge might get a laugh but prison is far from funny

To anyone who has served time inside, it's obvious that the designers have done their homework reasonably well.

Alex Cavendish, Metro, 14th October 2017

TV review: Porridge, Episode 2, The Cake, BBC1

You know what? I still think it's an odd decision to reboot this classic, but this second episode isn't too bad at all.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 13th October 2017

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have opted to replicate the gentle humour of their original comedy rather than update it, but they're sailing perilously close to the fluffy and cliched here. Tonight's story involves the switching of cakes, one belonging to Fletch (Kevin Bishop), the other - baked with magic mushrooms - to the jail's cartoon heavy. When an officious new staff member helps herself to the latter, zero hilarity ensues. Viewing through rose-tinted glasses may be wise.

Sharon O'Connell, The Guardian, 13th October 2017

Porridge, revived, is sadly thin gruel. Oh, it's fine enough, and a good cast, and Kevin Bishop is great as Norman Stanley Fletcher's cheeky-chappie grandson Nigel. But sainted writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are eightysomething, surely, and it shows. As soon as Cyrano de Bergerac was mentioned (by Mark Bonnar, nicely channelling Fulton Mackay), I could just hear something like "doesn't he play for Spurs?" Sure enough... "Didn't he used to play for Watford?" Cue orgasmic studio audience laughter, and the non-joys of being 15 all over again.

Euan Ferguson, The Guardian, 8th October 2017

Forget Porridge, it's Goodnight Sweetheart viewers want

The return of the prison sitcom left many viewers cold - but there's another classic BBC comedy they definitely want back.

Paul Jones, Radio Times, 7th October 2017

Porridge review - send for the sitcom police!

The original Porridge creators return with a weak, watery throwback to the Ronnie Barker classic. This isn't a sequel, it's a forgery ... bang 'em up this instant.

Sam Wollaston, The Guardian, 7th October 2017

Porridge reboot shows that past is best left alone

Watching the new Porridge is like visiting a favourite old café only to find that its best bits have been jettisoned: the tomato-shaped ketchup bottles have been replaced by sachets, the Formica tables by stripped pine. Sometimes the past is best left alone.

Ben Lawrence, The Telegraph, 6th October 2017