Six-part drama series Screw, by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams (The Victim, Killing Eve) is prison as never seen before – the uncensored, shocking and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer in an all-male prison in 21st century Britain.
At the head of our gang of embattled prison officer ‘screws’ is Leigh (Nina Sosanya – His Dark Materials, Killing Eve) a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to this prison and its population. On a wing bursting at the seams, at the front line of a train-wreck of broken bureaucracy and short-term thinking, Leigh keeps her inmates in line and has their backs when they need it. But she is an enigma to her team, and has her own secrets that if discovered could cost her more than her job.
Into the pressure cooker of Long Marsh Prison enters Rose (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell – Derry Girls), a 21 year old trainee officer. It’s a baptism of fire even for this street smart young woman. She joins fellow screws Ali (Faraz Ayub – Line of Duty, Bodyguard), Gary (Stephen Wight – I May Destroy You, Manhunt), Don (Ron Donachie – Deadwater Fell, Game of Thrones), and Jackie (Laura Checkley – King Gary, Detectorists). They will be joined by other prison staff, Toby (Jack Bardoe – Belgravia) and Raheem (Jorden Myrie – Dancing in the Dark).
Screw airs on Channel 4 and All 4 in January 2022. Commissioned by Channel 4.
An ambitious three-storey prison set was built inside Glasgow’s iconic Kelvin Hall for the filming of the drama. Click above to watch a timelapse of the set build produced by Alaisdair Smith.
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