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Phil Mcintyre TV behind Porridge specials for Gold

Phil Mcintyre TV behind Porridge specials for Gold
Pippa Considine
16 December 2013

To mark the fortieth anniversary of Porridge, UKTV channel Gold is working with Phil McIntyre Television to create three special hour-long documentaries about the series.
Porridge: The Inside Story (working title) will tell the real story behind the iconic programme, from the pilot episode, through to the Christmas specials and the spin-off follow up.

The films have been commissioned by UKTV commissioning editor Iain Coyle and ordered by Gold's general manager Steve North. The executive producer for Phil McIntyre is Lucy Ansbro and the series producer is Lindsay Jex. Entertainment industry veteran Tarquin Gotch from Serious Comedy is also executive producer.
Viewers will be taken on a tour of the 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. Specially commissioned graphics and 3D animation will help bring alive the corridors and cells of Slade prison.
Each episode will contain classic sketches alongside material from the archives of the writers and the BBC, as well as anecdotes from the remaining cast, crew, advisors, friends, family and Porridge fans.
UKTV's Iain Coyle said, "Porridge is the sitcom that left an indelible mark on British comedy, and brought together the comic genius of Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Sir David Jason. We're delighted to bring this series to Gold, and to have exclusive access to both Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais."¬Ě
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.

In a series finale, Gold viewers will also be able to vote for their favourite moment, which will be revealed to Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.
In 2013, Gold's commissions include The Two Ronnies Spectacle, which peaked with an average audience of 373,000, and new sitcom You, Me & Them, increasing the weekday slot average. New titles including Mrs Browns Boys peaked with 849,000, which was up 534% and series one of Miranda attracted an average of 459,000.

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