Nigel Fletcher is getting an early release. BBC One has cancelled Porridge, the sequel series to the classic sitcom, after only one season, TVWise has confirmed.
Porridge is set in the modern day and follows Nigel ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, the grandson of Ronnie Barker’s Norman Fletcher, who is banged up in Wakeley Prison for a series of cyber-crimes. The comedy series is produced by BBC Studios and stars Kevin Bishop, Mark Bonnar, Dominic Coleman, Dave Hill, Harman Singh, Jason Barnett and Ricky Grover.
The Porridge sequel was initially piloted as part of the BBC’s Landmark Comedy Season back in 2016. After that inital one-off aired, BBC One quickly moved to pick it up for a full six-part season, which aired late last year. It did okay in its Friday night slot, with the season premiere bringing in a consolidated audience of 3.65 million viewers. Original series creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais penned the scripts for the sequel series, which produced a total of seven episodes,
“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”, a BBC spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”