Somewhere in the dying years of the 20th Century, the prison service was assaulted by modernity. One side effect was that they stopped giving us porridge for breakfast. Cereal became the order of the day.
We didn't complain too much, prison porridge was not to be anticipated as a good start to any day. The only real impact was that this deprived us of our glue. Porridge was a very good substance to stick pin-ups to the wall. Now we have to use toothpaste. That aside, porridge can rot in history.
The Porridge that we should bring back is the TV series. It must be the best part of 30 years since it was made but both cons and screws will tell you that it was the most realistic portrayal of prison ever made.
The walls may have been painted, cell furniture updated, and striped shirts hard to get hold of, but for all the altered ephemera, that programme still captures the social milieu. And wouldn't most cons like to think that they have a touch of the Fletcher about them, able to out-wit the system at the smallest opportunity?
I've just realised that younger readers, or non-UK readers, won't have a bloody clue what I'm talking about. Sorry! If only "Fawlty Towers" had been a prison...