Porridge was in residence at dock10’s HQ1 for one week while a special revival episode of the long-running classic comedy was filmed in front of a studio audience. Joining Kevin Bishop behind bars was Mark Bonnar (Catastrophe), Ralph Ineson (The Office), and Dave Hill (EastEnders). The show is part of a BBC landmark comedy season to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the television sitcom.
The original Porridge ran for three series with just 22 episodes but is widely acclaimed as one of the best ever British sitcoms.
In 1973 seven pilot shows were created around Ronnie Barker with the most popular to be turned into a TV series – Porridge.
The revival brings the original Porridge story bang-up-to-date with Norman Fletcher’s grandson Nigel (‘Fletch’ to his friends) imprisoned for cyber-crimes. Forced to use his hacking skills to get a fellow inmate off the hook, wily Officer Meekie has got his beady eye on Fletch – he knows a wrong ’un when he sees one.