STV, GroupM go behind bars for Sky

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has commissioned STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment to go inside Scotland's prisons for a docuseries titled Prison - First and Last 24 hours.
June 30, 2015

UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky has commissioned STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment to go inside Scotland’s prisons for a docuseries titled Prison – First and Last 24 Hours.

The 8 x 44-minute series delves into the stories of convicted criminals, focusing primarily on those starting the first day of their jail sentence, and those in the final 24 hours of their incarceration. Production teams were also given unprecedented access to film in prisons including HMP Barlinnie and HMP Cornton Vale, according to STV Productions.

In addition, the program features interviews with prisoners and members of prison staff who share their insights into the prison system and, respectively, the background behind their incarcerations and their working lives.

Prison – First and Last 24 hours is set to premiere on Sky 1 in early 2016. The series was produced for STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment by Louise Say, and commissioned for Sky by Siobhan Mulholland.

“The first and last days of a jail term are the definitive moments in a prisoner’s sentence with new inmates preparing to face life behind bars, while prisoners preparing for release are tasked with adapting to the world outside,” said Mick McAvoy, head of documentaries at STV Productions, in a statement.

“This hard-hitting new series will examine crime and punishment by looking at the lives of our prisoners as they go through the most intimidating days of their jail sentence,” he continued.

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