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Strangeways was screened on ITV 1 a few months ago. I wanted to see it as soon as I saw it advertised because it looked very interesting and being a sociologist I thought that it would be a good watch.
==What is it?==
I'm sure you all know, but for those of you who dont Strangeways is another name for Her Majesty's Prison Manchester. It is home to many criminals and is one of the biggest prisons in the UK housing criminals including armed robbers, murderers and drug dealers.
The series showed what life was like for the prisoners and also told a few of their stories. The series was a 3 part series and each episode ran for an hour. A couple of the prisoners were shown in more than one episode but many were just shown in one.
Here I am going to talk about just a few of the prisoners to give you an idea of what the series is like.
Adrian Fielding - Adrian is currently serving a sentence for armed robbery. On the outside, he has a long term girlfriend and children. In the series, Adrian and his girlfriend Kelly get married in Strangeways. We then see how she is coping at home without having her new husband around and also their fight for Adrian to be moved to a lower category prison.
Johnathan Vass - You may remember reading about Vass in the news. He murdered his ex girlfriend after she had told police she was worried he may do something to her. The prison staff speak of how he shows little remorse.
David Charlton - David commits petty crimes in order to return to Strangeways. He is a disruptive prisoner and throughout the series we see David embarking upon dirty protests to avoid going to court.
I enjoyed watching this series. I believe it gave a very good insight into what life is like in Strangeways and I found it really interesting to see how prisoners coped with their sentences.
I did feel sorry for the prisoners families as you could see how difficult they were finding it. We didnt see a great deal of families other than Kelly, Adrians wife but we did also see a mother and father trying to come to terms with the fact that their son would not be outside again during their lifetime.
The series is a real eye opener and if you get a chance to see some of it I would definitely recommend it.