Norman Stanley Fletcher is a likeable but habitual criminal who treats imprisonment as an occupational hazard. Sent to prison for 5 years we see how he plays the prison system for his own ends. However his cellmate young Lennie Godber is naive and 'Fletch' teaches him how to survive in prison. A sit-com like no other.
Last Episode03x06 Final Stretch Aired: Mar. 25, 1977
With his parole meeting less than a week away, Godber has a fight with Jarvis, a football hooligan, which Fletch must try and prevent. Meanwhile, … [continue reading]
Series Fun Facts
- In stark contrast to his character in the series, Fulton Mackay (Warden Mackay) has a rose named after him.
- The BBC production team had planned to film Porridge in a real prison, however before filming began the Home Office refused. The BBC improvised. They used the Main Gate House, of former St…
[show]The BBC production team had planned to film Porridge in a real prison, however before filming began the Home Office refused. The BBC improvised. They used the Main Gate House, of former St Albans Prison, Victoria Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire as the main gate of "Slade Prison". Slade Prison's metal walkways and communal area were filmed in a large metal tank at Elstree Studios. The huge tank was previously used for underwater filming however the BBC converted it into the two floor 'prison' seen in the programme. External scenes at "Slade" (e.g. the rooftop strike, exercise ground) were filmed at various London psychiatric hospitals. Most other interior scenes (e.g. Fletcher's cell) were filmed at BBC Studios.
- Ronnie Barker originally suggested Paul Henry for the role of Godber but was overruled by the producers, who preferred Richard Beckinsale.