Channel 5 has commissioned a new 8 x 60’ documentary series Ross Kemp: 72 Hours In… (w/t) co-produced by Chalkboard TV and Freshwater Films.

The series will follow doc maker and actor Ross Kemp as he goes behind bars in some of the world’s most high-security, high-risk prisons housing gang leaders, serial killers, violent criminals, drug lords and mass murderers.

From the notorious prisons of Latin America to the uncompromising penitentiaries of South-East Asia, Ross will be on the frontline of law enforcement’s fight against gangs, ruthless killers and organised crime. He’ll find out what it takes to be part of the teams that often risk their lives to keep the peace and run these complex institutions.

The series was ordered by Federico Ruiz and Kate Ansell, Commissioning Editors, Channel 5 & Paramount + and will be Executive Produced by Tom Popay for Chalkboard and Ross Kemp for Freshwater Films.

Federico Ruiz, Commissioning Editor, Unscripted, Channel 5 & Paramount+ commented: “We’re thrilled to expand our working relationship with Ross who is no stranger to immersing himself in some of the world’s most dangerous environments. This series will see him push himself further than ever before and experience raw, visceral reactions when coming face-to-face with some of the world’s most dangerous criminals locked up in extraordinary prisons.”

Tom Popay, Creative Director & Executive Producer, Chalkboard added: “We are excited to be working with Ross and Channel 5 on Ross Kemp: 72 Hours In… (w/t). This show is a rare opportunity to enter some of the most notorious prisons across the world. We’ll pull back the curtain to show the inner workings of these complex institutions, and share what it’s like to be an inmate inside them.”

Ross Kemp added: “I’ve been to some of the toughest prisons in the UK and all around the world. I thought I’d experienced it all, and taken every adventure, but this time we’re going even further than before! I’m looking forward to my first documentary series with Channel 5 and taking you all on this journey with me.”

The series is set to begin filming this summer and will be coming soon to Channel 5.

Jon Creamer

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