"Fletch", sentenced to a five year stretch at HM Prison Slade in darkest Cumbria, is determined to keep his head down, do his time and not let the bastards grind him down. But it's not so simple when you're an old lag. His native cell-mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams; evil Prison Officer Mackay can't be allowed to run things his own way and warden Barrowclough is just too weak-willed not to have his good-nature exploited.
Last Episode03x06 Final Stretch Aired: Mar. 25, 1977
Godber is due to appear before the parole board, but a fight with another inmate puts his parole in jeopardy. It's up to Fletcher to save the …
Series Fun Facts
- 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" The Gate House is now St Abans Registrary Office.. 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 and David Jason also paired up for the sitcom Open All Hours (UK), which was piloted in the same series of "7 of 1" (1973)
- Ronnie Barker originally suggested Paul Henry for the role of Godber but was overruled by the producers, who preferred Richard Beckinsale.