Porridge (1974)

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Creator: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • First Air Date: 1974-09-05
  • Last Air Date: 1977-03-25
  • Total Seasons: 3
  • Total Episodes: 18
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 30 min.
  • Networks: BBC One
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Porridge is a British situation comedy broadcast on BBC1 from 1974 to 1977, running for three series, two Christmas specials and a feature film also titled Porridge. Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, it stars Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale as two inmates at the fictional HMP Slade in Cumberland. "Doing porridge" is British slang for serving a prison sentence, porridge once being the traditional breakfast in UK prisons. The series was followed by a 1978 sequel, Going Straight, which established that Fletcher would not be going back to prison again. Porridge was voted number seven in a 2004 BBC poll of the 100 greatest British sitcoms.


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Porridge Seasons

Season 0

First Air Date: 1973-04-01
10 Episodes

Season 1

First Air Date: 1974-09-05
6 Episodes

Season 2

First Air Date: 1975-10-24
6 Episodes

Season 3

First Air Date: 1977-02-18
6 Episodes

Porridge Episodes

Title Air Date Duration
Season 1Episode 1The Go-Between30 min
Season 1Episode 2The Cake30 min
Season 1Episode 3The Minder30 min
Season 1Episode 4The Witness30 min
Season 1Episode 5The Listener30 min
Season 1Episode 6The Rift30 min
  • Ronnie Barker

    as Norman Stanley Fletcher
  • Richard Beckinsale

    as Lennie Godber
  • Fulton Mackay

    as Mr. Mackay
  • Brian Wilde

    as Mr. Barrowclough
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