To mark the 40th anniversary of Porridge, Gold is going behind the scenes of Slade prison to provide unseen material and classic sketches in a three part documentary series about life on the inside of one of Britain’s most popular sitcoms.
From the pilot episode, through to the Christmas specials, and the spin-off follow up, Porridge: The Inside Story (working title) will tell the real story behind the series that left an indelible mark on British comedy.
Viewers will also hear from former cast members including Christopher Biggins (Lukewarm), Sam Kelly (Warren), Tony Osoba (Jock McClaren) and Dudley Sutton (Rudge) as they reminisce and re-live the moments that helped make the series iconic.
In a TV exclusive, viewers will be taken on a tour of the pivotal places that Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais visited during the creation and development of the series, including the pub where they first met, the prisons they researched, and the little known filming locations they used.
Each meticulously researched documentary will reveal little known secrets including how the series nearly never happened and how Richard Beckinsale was not the first choice to play Lenny Godber.
Specially commissioned graphics and 3D animation will also help bring alive the corridors and cells of Slade, whilst running alongside rarely seen footage from the writers, the BBC and international archives.
As part of the series, a handful of contemporary comedians will join together to create a celebrity fan club, where they will assess and analyse the impact that Porridge has had on British comedy. And in a series finale, Gold viewers will also be able to vote for their favourite moment, which will be exclusively revealed to both Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
Porridge: The Inside Story is the definitive story of a sitcom that helped shape the British comedy landscape and can be seen exclusively on Gold in 2014.