One Hour Special To Premiere On Crime + Investigation® (CI) In the UK this Summer

London, 31 March 2016 – UK based Woodcut Media has been commissioned by A+E Networks UK to produce a new exclusive one-off special Holloway: Women Behind Bars, which takes an in-depth look at one of Europe’s largest female jails which is due to close in Summer 2016.

Currently in production and to be presented to buyers worldwide at the upcoming MIPTV by Keshet International, Holloway: Women Behind Bars is scheduled to broadcast in the UK this Summer on A+E Networks UK’s channel Crime + Investigation (CI).

Holloway: Women Behind Bars (1×60 minutes), follows the UK’s leading criminologist, Professor David Wilson (Broadmoor: A History of the Criminally Insane, Measuring Evil) as he investigates the story behind HM Prison Holloway, from its beginnings 165 years ago. Wilson recounts the criminal history of its most infamous and prolific female inmates, including:

  • Notorious Victorian killers Amelia Sach and Annie Walters;

  • Political prisoners Emmeline Pankhurst and Diana Mitford;

  • Cold-blooded 20th century killers Myra Hindley and Rose West;

  • Some of the UK’s most despised women of modern times, including Maxine Carr and Vanessa George.

Koulla Anastasi, Programming Director for Crime + Investigation (CI) said: “The closure of Holloway prison marks a significant moment in UK criminal history. We wanted to commemorate the occasion with a special commission that offers CI viewers a fascinating insight into Britain’s most famous women’s jail.”

Using archive, reconstruction and expert views, the documentary delves into the history of Holloway, from its origins as a mixed prison for petty criminals for men, women and children, and how it has transformed over time.

Jinal Patel, Executive Producer for Woodcut Media said: “Professor Wilson’s prolific reputation in criminology means no stone will be left unturned when it comes to unearthing some of the most riveting facts and stories behind the legendary Holloway prison. We are thrilled with our latest commission from A+E Networks UK, and look forward to it debuting on Crime + Investigation – the perfect platform for such a programme.”

Over the years, Woodcut Media has built a reputation as one of the leading producers of the crime genre within the UK, with documentaries such as Broadmoor: A History of the Criminally Insane, Frankie Fraser’s Last Stand and long-running series Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook (for Crime + Investigation) as well as The Krays: The Prison Years (for The Discovery Channel).


Notes to Editors:

About Woodcut Media:

With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the family of Bob & Co businesses, specialises in the production of documentaries – specialist factual, factual entertainment and lifestyle programming.  Woodcut Media’s operations are spearheaded by leading doc producer Kate Beal, who over the years has established strong relations with key broadcasters such as A+E Networks, Discovery Networks, Netflix, ITV, and UK TV, as well as partnerships with leading distributors such as DRG, Content Media, Sky Vision, TCB Media Rights and Flame Distribution. In addition to being one of the leading production entities of crime programming in the UK (The Krays: The Prison Years, Broadmoor – A History of the Criminally Insane), Woodcut Media’s rapidly growing catalogue also includes one-off docs such as Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba, exclusive specials (The Ivy, Kate Middleton: Heir We Go Again!), and factual entertainment show (Around the World in 80 Tricks shot in 4k), and more.

About CI:

Crime + Investigation® opens the doors to crime labs, police archives and courtrooms, uncovering the truth behind the headlines of the world’s most infamous crimes. The channel is home to top-rated series such as Homicide Hunter, Gangland and Britain’s Darkest Taboos. CI is available in more than 50 million households in 17 languages.

About A+E Networks UK:

A+E Networks® UK is a joint venture between A+E Networks® and Sky. Its portfolio of high-quality, ground-breaking factual and entertainment channels includes HISTORY®, HISTORY® HD, Lifetime®, Lifetime® HD, Crime + Investigation®, Crime + Investigation® HD and H2®. A+E Networks® UK launched in November 1995 and now operates 19 channels, with 118 million subscriptions, broadcasting into 45 million homes across 90 countries in the UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central & Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.