Real Prison Breaks
Sean Bean narrates this hard-hitting series produced by Endemol Southern Star, especially for ITV4 this September. Real Prison Breaks is about those who refuse to surrender to incarceration and introduces some of the most elaborate and unimaginable prison escapes of all time. This series features dramatic reconstructions, as well as interviews with those involved in the outrageous prison breaks.
Episode one details the mass break-out of the IRA, a court room massacre in
During the height of the troubles in
38 of The Maze prisoners were deemed high risk and consequently a special cell block was built to house them, simply called H, which consisted of escape-proof cells and corridors, as well as masses of barbed wire surrounding the outside walls of the prison. This particular prison housed a central control room where one button could shut down all 38 cells, as well as two central crossing corridors which meant that all four on-duty prison guards could see each other at all times. Over time these 38 prisoners befriended the prison guards, which was the first step of their cunning escape plan. Their plan was for one cell-mate to over take the central control room and release all the other prisoners; they would then hijack the delivery truck and drive out of the prison gates unnoticed. A simple plan, but was it successful? Tune in to find out.