Australian broadcaster Nine Network has ordered a local version of the format Prison: First and Last 24 Hours (pictured) from UK-based STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment.
The eight-part series is to delve into the stories of convicted Australian criminals, focusing primarily on those serving the first day of their jail sentence, and those in the final 24 hours of their incarceration.
The program features exclusive interviews with prisoners and prison staff, who discuss what led to their incarcerations, their previous lives and the general state of the prison system.
Originally developed for Sky1 – which aired the program last night (October 28) – the UK version of the series provides unprecedented access into four prisons across Scotland, including HMP Barlinnie and HMP Cornton Val.
The deal comes on the heels of a development deal between STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment to further produce entertainment, factual and drama projects.
“For the first time Australian audiences will experience the raw emotion and stark realities of prisoners not only entering but also leaving the prison system,” said Michael Healy, director of television at Nine Network Australia, in a statement.
(With files from Manori Ravindran)