“The worst television I’ve seen in years!” Screaming viewers find Channel 4’s ‘disappointing’ prison drama appalling
Channel 4’s prison drama Screw has been criticized by ‘disappointed’ viewers who criticized the ‘montage’ and called the acting ‘sh***’.
In the fast-moving show, Nina Sosanya and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell play the cynical and overworked guards who take on the devious, violent inmates of C Wing.
In the second episode, which aired last night, Nina’s character Leigh was torn about how to keep a transgender male inmate safe, while Jamie-Lee’s Rose was tasked with assigning a buddy to a particularly annoying inmate.
However, many of the viewers were unimpressed with the programme, with one saying, ‘The editing in this show gives my eyes whiplash. The cutbacks are being implemented too quickly and often seem unnecessary.’
Channel 4’s prison drama, Screw has been criticized by ‘disappointed’ viewers who criticized the ‘montage’ and called the acting ‘sh***’ (pictured, Nina Sosanya)
Another wrote: ‘There is so much wrong with this show! I’m sure even someone with no prison experience would realize that an officer wouldn’t lock himself in a cell with an inmate to begin with!’
A third commented: ‘That screw on Channel 4 is a real Kieron Dyer. Worst piece of television in years.’
Meanwhile, a fourth wrote: ‘I was looking forward to it, but was very disappointed.’
“I thought Screw looked great from the ad. I was wrong,” added another. ‘**** editing, acting and storyline.’
Some viewers were unimpressed with the show, saying there were ‘so many things wrong’ with it
Another added: ‘Watched both episodes now sh*** in my opinion, never been to jail before but I can’t imagine not. Won’t watch episode 3.”
“Screw has turned out to be disappointing,” commented another. “Would have been looking forward to a new prison series. It’s kind of *yawn*.’
The second episode of the six-part prison drama delved into the reality of the prison guards’ work.
Leigh, the head of the controversial prison warden ‘Screws’, tried to convince her colleagues and inmates to treat inmate Walker, a trans man, the same as ‘any other inmate’.
Leigh also clashed with 21-year-old trainee officer Rose, who continued to try to adjust to life in prison while also running a drug smuggling business (pictured)
In a shocking scene, the officers discussed how the inmates were planning a “cell fight” between Walker and one of the toughest inmates, Morley.
An officer was heard to say: ‘We do not officially allow’ [fighting]. But sometimes, when it’s one-on-one in a cell, sometimes it’s best to let them beat themselves out before you get in.”
Meanwhile, another said they would “sometimes set their eye on a fair fight.”
The officers allowed the fight to take place, with Walker being beaten by Morley before being included in his gang.
Leigh asked, “Is violence really what it takes to prove yourself?”
Meanwhile, Leigh also clashed with 21-year-old trainee cop Rose, who continued to try to adjust to life in prison while also running a drug-smuggling business.
Leigh, the head of controversial prison guard ‘Screws’, tried to convince her fellow officers and inmates to treat inmate Walker, a trans man, the same as ‘any other inmate’
The officers allowed the fight to take place, with Walker being beaten by Morley before being included in his gang (photo, trans-prisoner Walker after the fight)
The Channel 4 series was written by BAFTA-winning writer Rob Williams, who has also worked on The Victim and Killing Eve.
Despite viewers’ criticism of the “unrealistic” scenes in the prison, he has previously insisted that each script was “read by a police officer on duty.”
He said: “Our chief adviser is a prison guard on duty who has been incredibly helpful.
“John Podmore was great early on when I was working on the big story lines – he was a prison governor in Brixton and Belmarsh, and is still involved with that world.
“I’ve also spoken with Mark Fairhurst of the Prison Officers Association, and we’ve been incredibly careful talking to a number of groups and charities with an interest in the various issues we’re addressing through the show.
“We made sure we didn’t just assume anything. Everyone was excited about the set. It’s unbelievable.’