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ROSS KEMP ex­pe­ri­ences life be­hind bars in a no­to­ri­ous Scot­tish prison

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Ross Kemp Be­hind Bars: Inside Bar­lin­nie

Thurs­day, ITV HD, 9pm

IN HIS LAT­EST

in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ross Kemp is banged up inside HMP Bar­lin­nie in Glasgow, which houses some of the coun­try’s most vi­o­lent crim­i­nals.

We caught up with the for­mer East­end­ers star dur­ing vis­it­ing hours to find out more…

WHAT SORT OF PRIS­ON­ERS DID YOU MEET?

A lot of the in­mates are sex of­fend­ers.

I in­ter­viewed a school­teacher who had been caught down­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy, but didn’t think he’d done any­thing wrong. As a fa­ther, I found it up­set­ting. He wanted to shake my hand af­ter the in­ter­view, but I re­fused.

WHAT WAS IT LIKE BE­ING AD­MIT­TED TO BAR­LIN­NIE AS AN IN­MATE?

They march you in, strip you naked and give you your uni­form. You feel very vul­ner­a­ble and the process makes you re­alise that you’re no longer part of so­ci­ety.

WHAT STICKS IN YOUR MIND FROM THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

I was work­ing in the kitchen next to an in­mate who had stabbed some­one. The next day he wasn’t there. He’d at­tacked some­one overnight. Ev­ery­thing can seem fine, and then in a split sec­ond it changes.

HOW DID THE PRISON OF­FI­CERS

RE­ACT TO YOU?

They were great and we got some amaz­ing ac­cess – far more than I think we’d have got in any English or Welsh prison.

DID YOU EVER FEEL IN DAN­GER WHILE FILM­ING?

On one oc­ca­sion a guy was giv­ing me some abuse and the in­mate I was with told him to be quiet and the guy shut up im­me­di­ately. There’s def­i­nitely a hi­er­ar­chy.

DID ANY OF THE PRIS­ON­ERS TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR TV SHOWS?

A few asked about the doc­u­men­taries I’ve made about gangs – and I got called Grant Mitchell a few times!

ROSS KEMP ASKED TO BE TREATED LIKE AN IN­MATE DUR­ING HIS STAY IN THE CELLS

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