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Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons

paulconnellyCrime Journalist Paul Connolly goes behind the bars of some of the world’s toughest prisons. Immersing himself in maximum security facilities around the world, he is banged up to live as a prisoner, sharing cells with the inmates and experiencing prison life first hand.

Across the series he travels to Poland, The Philippines and Mexico where he hears the stories of the inmates’ crimes and discovers firsthand the unwritten rules and survival strategies of prisoners as they deal with the everyday realities of life behind bars.
In Mexico Paul shares a prison dormitory with 37 inmates, whose crimes include kidnapping and drug trafficking. In the Philippines he beds down in a cramped four man cell with a suspected murderer, a suspected drug dealer and a convicted rapist and head of the Sputnik jail gang and discovers 160 men in a cell built for 24. In Poland he experiences the traumatic effect of total isolation and meets one of Poland’s most notorious murderers and former organised crime boss.

Swapping sides, he also discovers what it’s like to be a guard, the measures they have to take to keep the prisoners in line and how their duties guarding some of the world’s most dangerous criminals affects their lives. Prison is not supposed to be easy but these prisons are among the toughest of the lot.

Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons
3 x 60 Channel 5
First transmitted weekly from 11th February 2016.

Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest

Mountain Of Death_Smithsonian_NTSC_InternationalApril 25th 2015 – A devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal causing widespread destruction.

More than 8,500 are killed, untold numbers are injured, and half a million homes are lost in what is the worst quake to hit the country in more than 80 years. In Kathmandu, centuries of culture are destroyed as religious and historic buildings are reduced to rubble. In Langtang, an entire village is wiped out of existence. On Mount Everest a massive ice avalanche kills a further 19 people at Base Camp, and dozens more are stranded in one of the world’s most inhospitable places. With interviews and rarely seen personal footage shot by the survivors, this film tells the human story of the quake and its aftermath through the eyes of those who witnessed it.

Intercut with these first person narratives is the scientific story of this tragic disaster. – A catastrophic event so powerful that scientists estimate it shrank Everest and lifted parts of Kathmandu by 3 feet.-This film investigates the science behind the earthquake and discovers what, if anything, can be done to prevent such a disaster from happening again.

Nepal Quake: Terror on Everest
1 x 60 for the Smithsonian Channel.
First broadcast 8th June at 9pm
Also broadcast on Channel 4, 18th August 2015 at 9pm
Executive Producer: Emma Read
Series Producer: Chris Parkin

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