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Mugging for the camera

Most people wouldn't be surprised to learn that Ozzy Osbourne was once arrested for relieving himself on The Alamo while wearing a green evening gown. Discovering that actor Martin Sheen - currently playing U.S. President Josiah Bartlet on the drama series The West Wing - has been arrested more than 60 times on charges of civil disobedience, however, is bound to pique the interest of a celebrity-obsessed public.
March 1, 2004

Most people wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Ozzy Osbourne was once arrested for relieving himself on The Alamo while wearing a green evening gown. Discovering that actor Martin Sheen – currently playing U.S. President Josiah Bartlet on the drama series The West Wing – has been arrested more than 60 times on charges of civil disobedience, however, is bound to pique the interest of a celebrity-obsessed public.

Stars Behind Bars is a one-hour one-off from London’s Unique Productions, and the latest program to originate from London-based RDF International‘s new coproduction unit, launched in 2003. The stories featured range from director Quentin Tarantino being thrown in jail for owing the city of Los Angeles us$7,000 in parking fines, to punk rocker Sid Vicious’ blasé confession after murdering his fiancee in 1978: ‘I did it because I’m a dirty dog,’ he told New York police. The dirty laundry of Martha Stewart as well as U.S. President George W. Bush, will also be aired. Mug shots, eye-witness accounts, archive footage and interviews with the stars will help tell the tales.

Commissioned by U.K.-based Five‘s news and current affairs department, Stars Behind Bars has a budget of £177,000 ($325,000), and has been pre-sold to Biography in the U.K., Australia’s Channel 10 and M6 in France. Stars delivers this summer, with RDF International handling distribution. KB

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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