The new version of Porridge has finished after one series, with the BBC confirming they have no plans to film a second run of the rebooted format.
Written by original creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the new version of the classic prison comedy starred Kevin Bishop as Fletch, the grandson of the character played by Ronnie Barker in the original 1970s sitcom.
The reinvention started life as a one-off episode in 2016 as part of the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season. Following a positive audience response and good press reviews, six more episodes were made. Broadcast on BBC One in October and November 2017, the run finished with 2.4 million viewers (based on overnight ratings).
However, the BBC has now confirmed they have no plans to make a second series.
A BBC spokesperson told British Comedy Guide: “We are very proud of the show and delighted that we had the chance to connect comedy writing giants Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais back with a mainstream audience on BBC One.
“Whilst we currently don’t have any plans for a second helping of Porridge there are lots of exciting new comedies coming soon to BBC One for audiences to sink their teeth into including Home From Home, Warren and Mister Winner.”
Speaking in an interview ahead of the series being broadcast, Kevin Bishop admitted taking on the role was “nervewracking”, adding “When they initially said they were thinking of remaking it, I thought that may not be a good idea because it’s the closest thing to a perfect sitcom that I know. I wasn’t really sure even throughout the rehearsal process of the pilot whether it would be a success or not – you don’t know until you get in front of that studio audience.”
Series 1 is available on DVD.
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