The stern but likeable Imam Ishfaq Mohammed is just one of the sympathetic characters in this moving and at times harrowing snapshot of the religious support offered at Her Majesty’s Prison Edinburgh, which follows chaplains as they visit inmates.
Here’s everything you need to know about Faith behind Bars.
Faith behind Bars airs on Tuesday 14th August at 10:45pm on BBC1.
What’s it about?
The documentary follows prison chaplains, including Bob Akroyd, Ishfaq Mohammed and Father Vasyl Krem, who all work at HMP Edinburgh.
The show follows the chaplains’ collaborative – and courageous – work, and their interactions with the prisoners, some of whom are incarcerated for horrific crimes.
During the film, Father Krenus, a Ukrainian Catholic priest based at Our Lady of Pochayiv and St Andrew’s Church in Edinburgh, is seen visiting an elderly prisoner, Leo, suffering from terminal lung cancer. Leo takes the opportunity to confess, and admits on camera to the crime he’s in prison for: the rape of two children.