Porridge on DVD
I get many enquiries from fans asking about the availability of Porridge and Going Straight on DVD and Video. I will keep you up to date in my news pages of any developments. I am not selling them here. The Porridge site is not a money making exercise. You all have your own favourite suppliers of DVD and Video and I will leave you all to your own choice.
The full series of Porridge is available on PAL VHS. It comes in a boxed set that claims to be the entire series. Sadly it is missing the pilot episode, "Prisoner and Escort". This is a very important and silly omission by the BBC. It was available on a video released in the mid-1990s. It regularly appears for sale on Ebay so I recommend you go there if you want this episode on VHS.
There is also a VHS copy of the Porridge Movie available.
Every episode of Porridge as well as the movie is available on Region 2 DVD. The pilot episode "Prisoner and Escort" appears bizarrely as an extra on the Series 2 DVD. The Christmas specials were released on 4 October 2004.
Going Straight was released on DVD on 4 October 2004. It has never been available on VHS and I am not aware of any plans for this.
2017 and Beyond
Just a quick note to say this page was written back in 2004 and obviously the comments on VHS are largely irrelevant.