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A Bit of a Stretch (Podcast)


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. 

For further queries regarding A Bit of a Stretch: The Podcast please contact Alice Lutyens


[A] good-humoured and entertaining listen.

The Times

[This] well-made podcast answers everything you've ever wondered about life behind bars... the episode on how the Covid pandemic has brought an already broken system to its knees is particularly illuminating.

The Sunday Times

[The] intricacies and absurdities are endlessly fascinating.


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