Porridge: Inside Out. Image shows from L to R: Tony Osoba, Sam Kelly, Christopher Biggins. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment
Porridge: Inside Out

Porridge: Inside Out

  • TV documentary
  • Gold
  • 2014
  • 3 episodes (1 series)

Documentary series looking at classic BBC prison-set sitcom Porridge on its 40th anniversary. Features Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Christopher Biggins, Sam Kelly, Tony Osoba and more.

Porridge: Inside Out. Image shows from L to R: Ian La Frenais, Dick Clement. Copyright: Phil McIntyre Entertainment

Key details

3 (1 series)
Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Christopher Biggins, Sam Kelly, Tony Osoba, Ian McShane, Barry Cryer, Kate Beckinsale and more
Richard Dean
Lindsay Jex, Lucy Ansbro, Iain Coyle and Tarquin Gotch

Porridge: Inside Out will tell the real story behind the iconic BBC sitcom, from the pilot episode, through to the Christmas specials and the spin-off follow up, Going Straight.

In a TV exclusive, viewers will be taken on a tour of the pivotal places writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais visited during the creation and development of the series, including the pub where they first met, the prisons they researched, and the little known filming locations they used.

Specially commissioned graphics and 3D animation will help bring alive the corridors and cells of Slade prison, providing a unique glimpse of life on the inside.

Each episode will contain classic sketches alongside rare and unseen material from the archives of the writers and the BBC, as well as forgotten treasures and anecdotes from the remaining cast, crew, advisors, friends, family and genuine Porridge fans.

As part of the series, a handful of contemporary comedians will join together to create a celebrity fan club, where they will assess and analyse the impact that Porridge has had on British comedy. And in a series finale, Gold viewers will also be able to vote for their favourite moment, which will be exclusively revealed to both Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Porridge: The Inside Story (Working title)

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 21st May 2014 at 8pm on Gold
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 25th April 2021 at 7:30am on Gold - Episode 3
  • Sunday 11th April 2021 at 7:45am on Gold - Episode 2
  • Saturday 10th April 2021 at 8:20am on Gold - Episode 1

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