Classic sitcom Porridge that originally ran for three series between 1974 and 1977 is to return for a brand new series, after encouraging reviews of the one off revival screened as part of the BBC’s Landmark Comedy Season.
Six new episodes will be made in 2016, starring comedian Kevin Bishop. The new episodes will follow Fletch, the grandson of Ronnie Barker’s Norman Stanley Fletcher, as he serves a sentence for cyber-crimes in Wakeley Prison.
Porridge was created by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais in 1973 with both writers returning for the remake over 40 years later.
Speaking about the new series, Clement and La Frenais said: “We’re in a state of disbelief that Porridge is coming back after all these years but Kevin Bishop is a worthy successor to Ronnie Barker. So even though we feel like recidivists, we’re more than happy to go back inside.”