UK-based broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a single-access documentaryfrom Chalkboard TV.’
The Prison Visit takes cameras into a prison visiting room, telling the inmates’ stories through the people who come to visit them.
The program examines the human stories of hope and heartbreak behind the criminal-justice system. Stories include that of an 84-year-old ex-reverend who makes a weekly 300-mile trek to see his son who was convicted of attempted murder, and a woman desperately hoping her fiancé will be released so she can finally wear the wedding dress she bought before his imprisonment. The prodco spent two years negotiating access to the Scottish prison HMS Low Moss.
The Prison Visit (working title) was commissioned by C4 factual entertainment commissioning editor, Ian Dunkley. The program (1×60′) will be made by Chalkboard TV with executive producers Mike Benson (pictured) and Warwick Banks.
“The stories, inmates and visitors we’ve worked with across the project will challenge people’s perceptions of the human stories behind prison life in the UK,” said Benson, managing director of Chalkboard, and executive producer, in a statement.
Elsewhere, Chalkboard TV is also producing UK’s ITV new comedy game show Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain. The live, interactive series asks audiences to vote along on opinion-based topics, while a celebrity panel goes head-to-head to second-guess what the audience at home will answer.
Viewers will be asked to download a free app to play along with this (6 x 60′) minute series that launches in April.