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Porridge

Episode 2: Prisoner and Escort

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

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Pilot episode that became the classic comedy series Porridge. For Fletcher, the prospect of studying woodwork and botany in prison provokes thoughts of escape. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Director:
James Gilbert

Genres

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 3: Disturbing the Peace

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

With MacKay away, Slade prison will become a place of rest. "After all, Barrowclough doesn't exactly rule with a rod of iron."

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Wainwright:
Peter Jeffrey
Williams:
Philip Madoc
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba
Secretary:
Madge Hindle

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 4: No Peace for the Wicked

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Fletch is furious when he can't get any peace inside Slade Prison. MacKay shows visitors around the jail.

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba
Banyard:
Eric Dodson

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 5: Happy Release

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

A spell in the prison hospital is not as restful as Fletcher hoped, after he finds himself sharing a ward with Blanco.

Contributors

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 1: A Storm in a Teacup

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One West

Sitcom set in Slade Prison. Fletcher inadvertently becomes involved in the murky world of drugs.

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Harry Grout:
Peter Vaughan
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba

Porridge

Series 1

Episode 5: Ways and Means

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Fletcher is desperate to get away from making fishing nets - but how will he persuade the prison authorities to transfer him to the library?

Contributors

Porridge

Series 1

Episode 6: Men without Women

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic comedy series set in HM Prison Slade. When Fletcher assumes the role of agony aunt to his fellow inmates, he ends up writing letters home for them.

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 1: Just Desserts

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic comedy series. The inmates of Slade Prison are horrified to discover there is a thief in their midst - a despicable crime against one's fellow inmates. Show more

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Mackay:
Fulton Mackay
Lennie Godber:
Richard Beckinsale
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba
Mr Banyard:
Eric Dodson
Mr Appleton:
Graham Ashley

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 2: Heartbreak Hotel

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic prison comedy. The problems of an anxious father and a pining first offender are solved in the prison waiting room. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mrs Godber:
Maggie Flint

Porridge

Series 2

Episode 6: The Harder They Fall

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One South West

Classic prison-set sitcom. Godber takes up boxing and enters the prison championships, but someone wants him to come a cropper.

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Lennie Godber:
Richard Beckinsale
Mr Mackay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Harry Grout:
Peter Vaughan
Jackdaw:
Cyril Shaps
PT Instructor:
Roy Sampson
Billy Moffatt:
Willy Bowman
Crusher:
John Dair

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 4: Pardon Me

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic prison-set sitcom. Blanco, who has been in prison for 17 years for a crime he always claimed he didn't commit, refuses parole. Fletcher decides to help out. Show more

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 6: Final Stretch

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Sitcom set in Slade prison. Fletch has to help Godber out after he gets involved in a fight a week before his parole board hearing.

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Lennie Godber:
Richard Beckinsale
Warren:
Sam Kelly
Ingrid Fletcher:
Patricia Brake

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 5: A Test of Character

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Sitcom. When Godber starts working hard to get another O level before leaving prison, Fletcher cannot understand why he doesn't just cheat. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barraclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba

Porridge

Christmas Special: No Way Out

Duration: 41 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Christmas special of the classic sitcom from 1975. The festive season falls upon HMP Slade and finds the inmates planning a jailbreak. Show more

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Harry Grout:
Peter Vaughan
Warren:
Sam Kelly
Prison Doctor:
Graham Crowden

Porridge

Christmas Special: The Desperate Hours

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One London

Classic sitcom. Fletcher plans to add a bit of Christmas spirit to the festive season at Slade Prison in the form of his very own homemade liquor. Show more

Contributors

Norman Stanley Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Lennie Godber:
Richard Beckinsale
Reg Urwin:
Dudley Sutton
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba
Keegan:
Ken Wynne
Governor Venables:
Michael Barrington
Mrs Jamieson:
Jane Wenham

Porridge

Series 1

Episode 2: The Hustler

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic prison sitcom. Fletcher gets a permanent job with the pigs on the prison farm and dreams up a novel way to relieve the boredom of prison life. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barraclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Appleton:
Graham Ashley
Prison Officer:
John Quarnby

Porridge

Series 1

Episode 1: New Faces, Old Hands

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic sitcom set in Slade Prison. Veteran inmate Norman Stanley Fletcher gives the benefit of his experience to his green young cellmate Godber.

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr MacKay:
Fulton Mackay
Medical Officer:
John Bennett

Porridge

Series 1

Episode 4: A Day Out

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic comedy series. When Fletcher and Godber are allowed out in a work gang, Mr Barrowclough gets more than he bargained for.

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Mackay:
Fulton Mackay
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Navyrum:
Paul Angelis
Landlord:
Ralph Watson
Chief Prison Officer:
Arnold Peters
Scrounger:
Johnny Wade

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 2: Poetic Justice

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Northern Ireland

Classic comedy series. Fletcher is incensed when a third cellmate arrives, and to add insult to injury, he turns out to be one of his old enemies. Show more

Contributors

Porridge

Series 3

Episode 3: Rough Justice

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Classic comedy series about the inmates of HM Slade Prison. Fletcher decides that Harris must be put on trial for stealing from another prisoner. Show more

Contributors

Fletcher:
Ronnie Barker
Mr Barrowclough:
Brian Wilde
Mr Mackay:
Fulton Mackay
Judge Rawley:
Maurice Denham
Warren:
Sam Kelly
McLaren:
Tony Osoba
Mr Collison:
Paul McDowell