UKTV commissions doc series on comedy classic Porridge

UKTV has commissioned a three-part doc about classic British comedy series Porridge.

Porridge: The Inside Story (WT) will tell the story behind the series. It will go out on UKTV’s classic content channel Gold and produced by Phil McIntyre Television, which makes the Dynamo: Magician Impossible series for UKTV’s Watch channel.

The show will have classic sketches and unseen material from the archives of the writers and the BBC, alongside anecdotes from the remaining cast, crew, friends and fans.

Gold general manager Steve North said: “This series is a real treat both for Porridge aficionados but also those discovering it for the first time and will reveal never been seen before footage.”

As part of the series, a group of contemporary comedians will create a celebrity fan club, where they will assess the impact that Porridge has had on British comedy. Gold viewers will also be able to vote for their favourite moment, which will be exclusively revealed to Porridge creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.