ITV to reveal life in Britain's jails in Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars

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ITV will reveal life in Britain’s jails in a new landmark documentary series.

Inside Prison: Britain Behind Bars will see HM Prison Service open up its cell doors with unique and unprecedented access for cameras across numerous prisons up and down the UK.

Producers Chalkboard TV which has secured an unparalleled range of access, filming in seven prisons spanning the men’s and women’s estates.

The series will offer a 360 degree, unflinching look at life behind bars - seen 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.

The series goes into prisons including 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.

A synopsis for the show reads: "Through the experiences of both trainee and veteran prison officers and the prisoners themselves, the series will offer a raw insight on what life on the inside is like for everyone in jail on both sides of the cell doors.

"It will examine the challenges presented to staff by escalating levels of violence across UK jails, and explore how officers, drawn from a broad range of backgrounds, ages and experiences, build and maintain relationships with prisoners from young offenders to vulnerable women.

"Alongside the often surprising and sometimes shocking aspects of life behind bars, the series will reveal how new recruits are now joining the HM Prison Service to spearhead its efforts to foster a rehabilitative culture to help turn prisoners’ lives around and combat Britain’s £15bn reoffending problem."

ITV's Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor Satmohan 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.”

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