The UK’s Prison population is at an all-time high, with over 86,000 people behind bars. But whatever crime they have committed, prisoners are permitted a visiting hour – 60 minutes with family and friends, to try to reconnect with the life they once had.
Life Behind Bars: Visiting Hour gains unprecedented access to the visiting room at HMP Low Moss, one of the largest maximum security prisons in Scotland, offering an intimate insight into the people doing hard time as they meet their loved ones for this special hour. Gary and Charley plan their wedding, even though he doesn’t have a release date. Mike receives a visit from his ageing father, and must come to terms with the fact that his dad may not live to see his son released.
Mark gets a visit from his daughter, and the granddaughter he’s never met. As well as inmates and families, the programme also speaks to the warden and staff of Low Moss about the institution of visiting hour.
Producer and Director: Susan McGregor
Executive Producers: Mike Benson, Warwick Banks
Production Company: Chalkboard
Life Behind Bars: Visiting Hour airs Tuesday 4 July 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.