Lock yourself in for a pair of potent prison dramas
Women's prison dramas are back in fashion
Friday 26 July 2013
Seven years after ITV's Bad Girls came to a suitably over-the-top end, women's prison dramas are back in fashion.
In addition to Prisoners' Wives, the BBC's compelling take on life for those left on the outside, this year sees the arrival of two shows focusing on the women inside: the caustic and clever Orange Is the New Black, and the dark-hued Australian drama Wentworth, a re-imagining of the camp women's prison classic Prisoner Cell Block H.
The latter has been hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “a triumph… a hard-edged, cold-eyed descent into a brutal world filled with brutal women”, while Orange Is the New Black, which draws inspiration from Piper Kerman's bestselling jail memoir, has received superlative reviews in the US. “I think the appeal of prison dramas is that this is a place where diverse groups of people are forced to interact,” says Jenji Kohan, Orange Is the New Black's creator. 'Orange Is the New Black' is available on Netflix; 'Wentworth' comes to Channel 5 later this year
Review: Imaginative storytelling returns with vigourfilm
Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry ‘criticises Operation Yewtree in dinner party rant’ calling for tougher laws to deter false sex abuse allegations
- 2 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: ‘Sderot cinema’ image shows Israelis with popcorn and chairs 'cheering as missiles strike Palestinian targets'
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’