10 episodes

Have you every wondered what life is really like behind bars? Chris Atkins is a documentary maker who went to prison for tax fraud in 2016. He spent nine months in HMP Wandsworth, one of the most dangerous and dysfunctional prisons in the UK, and has now interviewed 20 ex-prisoners about their time in jail. Their stories are shocking, uplifting, heartbreaking, hilarious, and often downright weird. These incredible testimonies form this eight part podcast series. In Wandsworth Chris got loads of letters peppered with questions - What's the food like? What do you wear? Tell me about the showers... This podcast answers all those questions, and takes you headfirst into the biggest prison crisis in history. It reveals a collapsing system that is failing victims and wider society, and reveals how the human spirit can thrive in the darkest corners. Each episode is centred around a different theme, like Arrival, Family and Change.
4 Stars in The Times: A frisson of horrified sympathy. "Good grief,” you think. “What if that were me?”.
Chris Atkins is a three time BAFTA nominated film maker, who has worked for Channel 4 Dispatches and BBC Panorama. His book about his time in Wandsworth, A Bit of a Stretch, is out now.

A Bit of a Stretch - The Podcast Chris Atkins

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Have you every wondered what life is really like behind bars? Chris Atkins is a documentary maker who went to prison for tax fraud in 2016. He spent nine months in HMP Wandsworth, one of the most dangerous and dysfunctional prisons in the UK, and has now interviewed 20 ex-prisoners about their time in jail. Their stories are shocking, uplifting, heartbreaking, hilarious, and often downright weird. These incredible testimonies form this eight part podcast series. In Wandsworth Chris got loads of letters peppered with questions - What's the food like? What do you wear? Tell me about the showers... This podcast answers all those questions, and takes you headfirst into the biggest prison crisis in history. It reveals a collapsing system that is failing victims and wider society, and reveals how the human spirit can thrive in the darkest corners. Each episode is centred around a different theme, like Arrival, Family and Change.
4 Stars in The Times: A frisson of horrified sympathy. "Good grief,” you think. “What if that were me?”.
Chris Atkins is a three time BAFTA nominated film maker, who has worked for Channel 4 Dispatches and BBC Panorama. His book about his time in Wandsworth, A Bit of a Stretch, is out now.

    Loose Ends

    Loose Ends

    All the great material that didn't fit into previous episodes. Includes George Gilbey, star of Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother, who got 3 months for drink driving. And "Simon" reveals how D Cat prisoners smuggle in cheese for xmas parties.
     
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    • 23 min
    Pandemic in Prisons

    Pandemic in Prisons

    The pandemic took a hammer blow to an already collapsing prison system. Chris was in touch with several inmates still serving their sentences, and they allowed us to record their calls to reveal the shocking state of prisons during the crisis.
     
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    • 23 min
    Turning the Screw

    Turning the Screw

    Prisons are pretty miserable for the inmates, but what about the officers? Chris talks to two ex-prison officers about riots, accidental spice attacks and bad pay.
     
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    • 21 min
    Rehabilitate This

    Rehabilitate This

    Prisons are supposed to rehabilitate offenders, but nearly half of inmates reoffend within a year. How do some prisoners buck the trend and change who they are?
     
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    • 25 min
    Are You Listening?

    Are You Listening?

    There is a mental health crisis in prisons, and it's sometimes impossible to access psychiatric support. Often the only help comes from the Listeners, prisoners specially trained by the Samaritans to counsel suicidal inmates. Chris interviews Tony, who suffered severe anxiety and depression inside, and three former Listeners.
     
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    • 27 min
    Children of Prisoners

    Children of Prisoners

    There are over 200,000 children in the UK with a parent in prison. To find out the impact on these forgotten victims, Chris talks to his ex partner, Lottie, about how his imprisonment effected his own son Kit.
     
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    • 22 min

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Hi mate

I would really love to talk to you somehow I am am an adopted kid brought up by a cop in Australian law which was bent and broken many times I was set up by an undercover illegally but jnprovable to maybe nx year... 30 yr freedom of info ...-
And I saw unbelievable lass twisted and broken laws made retrospect myself included had 3 yrs added without seeing a judge at all ... three full jail riots.. four unit riots ... sent back for two yrs for A beer Ring me this westministdr las is promoting people to go criminal.. it’s not by far doing anything but glorifying a life of crime
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