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Director: Matt Blyth
Producer: Jenni Day, Woodcut Media Ltd.
Executive Producer: Jinal Patel
Cast: Professor David Wilson
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Holloway: Women Behind Bars


A new documentary tells the story of Holloway prison's most notorious inmates.

From baby killers and a Moors Murderer to suffragettes and even a suspected witch, a new true crime documentary provides a deep glimpse into the history of the North London jail that is set to close, after 164 years. Once Europe’s largest women’s prison, this is HMP Holloway.

A hard-hitting new documentary presented by renowned criminologist and former prison governor, Professor David Wilson, Holloway: Women Behind Bars investigates the extraordinary story of the prison and profiles some of its famous female inmates.

Since it was first established in 1852, the infamous institution has housed some of Britain’s most notorious female murderers; from the last woman to be hanged, Ruth Ellis, who killed her abusive lover, to the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, and serial killers Rose West, and (most recently) Joanne Dennehy.

During its reign as one of the biggest women’s prisons in Europe, Holloway carried out the highest number of female executions during the 20th Century in England and Wales. It has also had its fair share of controversies, from audacious escapes and bullying, to sex scandals with guards and the abolition of the death penalty.

Today there are around 90,000 Prisoners in England and Wales, but only 4,000 of them are women. With interviews from criminologist Dr. Elizabeth Yardley, Historian Kate Williams and those who worked and served time at Holloway, Professor David Wilson investigates the history of the prison from the very beginning.

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