Channel 4 commissions life after prison series from Flicker

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by Mark Johnson

Channel 4 said it’s commissioned a new three part prison documentary series offering unprecedented insight into the issues that underpin re-offending rates in the UK. 

Commissioned from Flicker Productions, Life After Lock-up is filmed over a one-year period tracking how ex-offenders deal with life on the outside after being incarcerated and living within the routines that institutional life supports.

By following a diverse group of eight ex-offenders, the series draws on themes of mental health, addiction, social mobility, employment and education and with government under pressure to reduce re-offending rates, the series offers a timely look at the pressures ex-offenders face, unearthing the real stories behind the statistics.

After time: Series will focus on issues that lead to re-offending

As part of the editorial, Flicker Productions surveyed 100 prison leavers about their experiences both in and out of prison and has shared the data with Criminology researchers from Birmingham City University who are collating the results as part of a research project, which they plan to share with government as practical recommendations for resettlement.

Important issues

“There are few issues more important to society and more controversial than the high rate of recidivism among ex-prisoners, often within months of their release”, said News and Current Affairs and Commissioning Editor, Channel 4, Siobhan Sinnerton. 

“By following ex-offenders, this major project brings unique insight to the problem.”

Flicker Productions Executive Producer, Colleen Flynn, said: “This ambitious series has been incredibly challenging to make, but offers a deeply intimate insight into the challenges prison leavers face.”

Double BAFTA-awarding winning Series Producer/Director Lee Phillips (Her Majesty’s Prison: Aylesbury) said: “This is the most ambitious project I have ever undertaken. What I discovered was both sad and shocking. I hope the series offers insight and understanding into the lives of those whose voices are seldom heard.”

Flicker Productions is an Independent Production Company run by Colleen Flynn and Nick Underhill.

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