Prisoners' Wives

Series 1 - Episode 1

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

A pregnant young woman and her doting husband coo tenderly over one another in their kitchen. But within moments they are violently sundered when armed police burst through the front door.

The doting husband (Robin Hood’s Jonas Armstrong) is wanted for murder after a man is shot dead in a pub car park and his trembling partner (Hollyoaks cutie Emma Rigby) is left alone and bereft, her life in tatters.

Though the title of this crunchy new drama series will inevitably conjure up visions of Footballers’ Wives, with cells, banish them, because Prisoners’ Wives is really rather good. Yes, it’s soapy, but it’s well acted by a good cast. Polly Walker in particular is riveting as the blowsy wife of a time-serving drug dealer (Iain Glen). The lives
of the women intertwine into a brittle cameraderie as they ebb and flow between prison visits and their efforts to go it alone on the outside.

About this programme

1/6. New series. A man is arrested on suspicion of murder, and his wife's belief in his innocence turns to doubt because he has no alibi, leading to a shocking confession when she confronts him in prison. But as she agonises over standing by her man, she finds friendship with another woman whose husband is already serving time. Drama, starring Emma Rigby, Jonas Armstrong, Polly Walker, Pippa Haywood and Iain Glen.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gemma
Emma Rigby
Steve
Jonas Armstrong
DS David Hunter
Andrew Tiernan
Harriet
Pippa Haywood
Francesca
Polly Walker
Mason
Oliver Hannam
Lou
Natalie Gavin
Kaneez
Dystin Johnson
Debbie
Juliet Ellis
Paul
Iain Glen
Sean
Reuben Johnson
Donna
Joanna Swain
Matt
Harry McEntire
Gavin
Adam Gillen
Andy
Anthony Flanagan
Nicki
Sue Vincent
William
Jason Watkins
Saskia
Sai Bennett
Lauren
Phoebe Dynevor
Gerald
Tim Wallers
Tapper
Sean Cernow
Police officer
Madeleine Bowyer
Security officer
Penny Capper
Senior security officer
Chris Brailsford
Visits hall guard
Tom Tunstall

Crew

Director
Damon Thomas
Producer
Anna Ferguson
Writer
Julie Gearey
Categories
Drama