Prison 9pm, Chan­nel 4

The Guardian - The Guide - - Sound & Vision - PH

The first se­ries of Paddy Wiv­ell’s ter­ri­fy­ingly in­ti­mate look at life be­hind bars felt like one of the most un­spar­ing de­pic­tions of prison life ever seen on the small screen. The direc­tor clearly gained the trust of in­mates and au­thor­i­ties alike and the re­sult was doc­u­men­tary tele­vi­sion of real depth, nu­ance and com­pas­sion. Tonight, he re­turns us to HMP Durham for a se­cond se­ries. He be­gins by fo­cus­ing on a seem­ingly never-end­ing cy­cle of vi­o­lence be­tween pris­on­ers. Is such bru­tal­ity un­avoid­able in in­sti­tu­tions of this na­ture?

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