The Best Episodes of Porridge

Disturbing the Peace

#1 - Disturbing the Peace 8.21

Season 2 - Episode 3

When Mr Mackay leaves Slade Prison, Fletcher thinks that "happy days are here again". Until, that is, he meets Mr Mackay's replacement.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
The Harder They Fall

#2 - The Harder They Fall 8.13

Season 2 - Episode 6

Godber takes up boxing and wins a place in the prison championship, so Fletcher sees a chance for a bit of a flutter. Then Harry Grout takes an interest and insists that the fight is 'fixed'. When one of Grout's rivals takes a similar interest in Godber's opponent, it looks as if nobody can win. Fletcher, however, has other ideas.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Happy Release

#3 - Happy Release 8.06

Season 2 - Episode 5

Fletcher is having a spell in the prison hospital with a broken ankle. He's sharing a ward with old Blanco, who tells him that another inmate has swindled him out of his belongings in a crooked card game. Fletcher hatches a plan to recover Blanco's belongings and to take revenge on the culprit.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Men Without Women

#4 - Men Without Women 8.01

Season 1 - Episode 6

Fletch fancies himself as a bit of an agony aunt and is called upon by his fellow inmates to help out with affairs of the heart.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Final Stretch

#5 - Final Stretch 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 day.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Pardon Me

#6 - Pardon Me 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 4

Old Blanco is doing time for the murder of his wife. He still swears he wasn't guilty. Now he's up before the Parole Board and it looks as if he's sure to be released. Blanco surprises everyone by turning down parole when it's offered to him. He explains that, if he accepts parole, he'll also be admitting that he was guilty of a crime for which he was wrongly convicted. He insists that he'll only leave prison if he's offered a full pardon. Fletcher comes up with a plan to help him.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
A Storm in a Teacup

#7 - A Storm in a Teacup 7.85

Season 3 - Episode 1

When a bottle of pills goes missing from the Doctor's surgery, Harry Grout is worried that investigation of the theft by the prison authorities will jeopardise some of his activities. Grout insists that Fletcher must find the pills and return them before the warders can take action.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Heartbreak Hotel

#8 - Heartbreak Hotel 7.84

Season 2 - Episode 2

Godber gets bad news from his girlfriend. Fletcher tries to provide help and advice, but perhaps daughter Ingrid might provide a more suitable solution to Godber's problems

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
No Peace For the Wicked

#9 - No Peace For the Wicked 7.83

Season 2 - Episode 4

It's Saturday afternoon and Fletcher looks forward to a quiet read. Everyone else seems to have other ideas about how Fletcher should be spending his time.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Just Desserts

#10 - Just Desserts 7.83

Season 2 - Episode 1

There's an outbreak of petty pilfering from the inmates in Slade prison. Fletcher is disgusted - after all, stealing may be a job on the 'outside', but it's despicable when it happens 'inside'.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
New Faces, Old Hands

#11 - New Faces, Old Hands 7.77

Season 1 - Episode 1

“Twenty-three and you want to go straight? What kind of talk is that? You've got your whole life in front of you!” It's Godber's first time in prison, and Fletch is going to teach him the ways.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Ways and Means

#12 - Ways and Means 7.62

Season 1 - Episode 5

Who would want to spend eight hours a day sewing fishing nets? Not Fletch, who is hell-bent on a cushy job in the library.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
Rough Justice

#13 - Rough Justice 7.59

Season 3 - Episode 3

Fletcher is worried that Judge Rawley might rob him of his main source of income - writing letters for illiterate inmates.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
A Night In

#14 - A Night In 7.58

Season 1 - Episode 3

Fletch explains to Godber that the best way to cope with his first night in prison, is to see it as just a "quiet night in". Trouble is, Godber's got another 698 to go.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
The Hustler

#15 - The Hustler 7.39

Season 1 - Episode 2

Ives is such a loser that if Elizabeth Taylor had triplets, he'd have been the one in the middle. But there's no way he's going to be left out of Fletch's gambling enterprise.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
A Test Of Character

#16 - A Test Of Character 7.36

Season 3 - Episode 5

Godber is working hard for an extra O-level. Fletcher tries to persuade him that cheating would be a good way of ensuring success in the examination. Godber isn't convinced.

Directors: Sydney Lotterby
A Day Out

#17 - A Day Out 7.23

Season 1 - Episode 4

The rest of the working party are thrilled to have a day out, but Fletch is masking indifference - what's so exciting about digging a ditch anyway?

Directors: Sydney Lotterby