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The UK’s leading commercial channel ITV has commissioned a new documentary series to reveal life in Britain’s jails.

ITV PRISON DOC GROUP 10Aug2019Produced by Chalkboard TV, Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars (4 x 60’) sees HM Prison Service opens up its cell doors with what is described as unique and unprecedented access for cameras across seven prisons up and down the UK, spanning the men’s and women’s estates.

The series will offer a look through the eyes of the men and women on the frontline of Britain’s jails, the prison officers, and the prisoners they deal with on a day-to-day basis. Prisons featured include women’s prisons HMP Send and HMP Downview, category B prisons HMP Bullingdon and HMP Isle of Wight, Youth Offenders in HMP Deerbolt and HMP Portland and category C prison HMP Erlestoke.

The series was commissioned for ITV by Satmohan Panesar, factual entertainment commissioning editor, and Jo Clinton-Davis, controller of factual. Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars is series produced by Fiona Inskip and series directed by Jamie Batten.

Commenting on the commission, Panesar said: “With the unrivalled scale of the access, we meet people on both sides of the bars with unbelievable stories that will simultaneously fascinate and frustrate. The extremes of life on the inside, from unexpected acts of compassion to seemingly mundane scenarios that can spark suddenly into violence, will be laid bare through the eyes of those working for the prison service and those detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.”

Chalkboard managing director and executive producer, Mike Benson, added: “The modern role of Prison Officer is a fascinating combination of security officer, confidante and mentor. With the remarkable range access of access we've been given we have a brilliant opportunity to explore this evolving role and take a comprehensive snapshot of the prison service.”