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Gemma's perfect life comes crashing down when her husband is arrested for murder. As Gemma learns to navigate the prison system, she starts to think the unthinkable.




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Series cast summary:
Pippa Haywood ...
Adam Gillen ...
Don Gayle ...
 Lead Imate Don / ... 10 episodes, 2012-2013
Phillip Mulhern ...
Oliver Hannam ...
Reuben Johnson ...
Tom Tunstall ...
 Visits Hall Guard 6 episodes, 2012
Penny Capper ...
 Security Officer 6 episodes, 2012
Juliet Ellis ...
 Debbie / ... 6 episodes, 2012-2013
Faz Aoufi ...
 Gang Leaders 2nd / ... 6 episodes, 2012-2013
Allan Hopwood ...
 Gavins Mate / ... 6 episodes, 2012-2013
 DS Hunter / ... 5 episodes, 2012
Chris Brailsford ...
 Senior Security Officer 5 episodes, 2012


Gemma's perfect life comes crashing down when her husband is arrested for murder. As Gemma learns to navigate the prison system, she starts to think the unthinkable.

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Really gripping series, it's just sad it didn't last longer

'Prisoners' Wives', for me, was one of the highlights for each of the two years it aired.

It is a real shame however that 'Prisoners' Wives' only lasted two series, because the quality was so high and because Series 2 ended so open-endedly it should have lasted longer. The ending of series 2 did seem to give the impression that a third season was intended, and my only criticism of the show was that the Miller story that dominated much of the second series felt incomplete.

On the other hand, it is beautifully filmed and has a strikingly gritty visual style that suited the tone of the series brilliantly. Under the adroit direction, the show never feels rushed or draggy and neither does it feel over-the-top or blandly dreary. Music is well used and composed, only really being used when needed and when it was used it merged with the atmosphere more than competently.

'Prisoners' Wives' is a brilliantly written show, with a fair share of funny, poignant and suspenseful moments while it explores its subject matters incredibly intelligently and with taste. The stories for all the episodes of both series is gripping from start to finish, with the standouts being the harrowing writing for Gemma's situation in series 1 the poignant handling of Harriet's story in the second series and the tension of the climax of the last episode.

The characters are written in a compellingly real way, while the acting across the board is excellent. Particularly good are Pippa Haywood, who is heart-breaking, Polly Walker, who commands the screen with intensity, and Emma Rigby, who has come on hugely since 'Hollyoaks' (though she was always one of the better assets of that) with her emotions being quite genuine. Jonas Armstrong, Adrian Rawlins and Iain Glen are especially strong out of the men, though Owen Roe induces a few tears too as Brendan.

All in all, really gripping and it is sad that it didn't last longer. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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