70s prison comedy Porridge possibly getting revived

Classic 70s prison comedy series Porridge, which starred Ronnie Barker as lovable rogue Norman Stanley Fletcher, who was banged up for being an ‘habitual criminal’ is possibly being revived for the BBC.

Apparently the writers of the comedy Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais have been commissioned by the BBC to pen a one-off episode of the new show that will centre around Fletcher’s grandson, and La Frenais hopes it will be turned into a new series, reports the Radio Times.

La Frenais has said… “We were asked by the BBC to do a revival and decided to set it right up to date. It will be set in a modern prison while Slade was of course Victorian,” and went on to add that he’ll be inside for computer hacking and confirmed that the character will still be called Fletcher, “He’s called Fletcher too and has what I would call attitude.”


The original Porridge series ran from 1974 to 1977, and the new commission is apparently for the BBC’s ‘Landmark Comedy’ season that marks 60-years since Hancock’s Half Hour, launched the genre.

A spokeswoman for the BBC hasn’t confirmed the commission but has said, “There are a number of shows being considered for BBC1’s Landmark Sitcom Season but nothing is confirmed yet.”