TV Preview: Porridge, BBC1

Porridge is back with a new series, commissioned off the back of the last year’s sitcom season special, and sees Kevin Bishop return as Nigel ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.

He plays the grandson of Ronnie Barker’s iconic character Norman Stanley Fletcher banged up in Wakeley prison for a series of cybercrimes who spends his days trying to escape the attentions of authoritarian Officer Meekie (Mark Bonnar) and the much softer Officer Braithwaite (Dominic Coleman).

Helping Fletch get through his stretch are his cellmate and prison elder statesman, Joe Lotterby (Dave Hill) and fellow inmates Aziz (Harman Singh), Shell (Jason Barnett) and prison tough guy Scudds (Ricky Grover).

Porridge is written by original series writers, the legendary Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Porridge starts Friday 6 October, 9.30pm on BBC1.

Full review to follow...

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