Screw. Image shows from L to R: Rose (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Ali (Faraz Ayub), Jackie (Laura Checkley), Don (Ron Donachie), Leigh (Nina Sosanya), Gary (Stephen Wight)


  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 2022
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

A comedy drama about a team of prison officers. Stars Nina Sosanya, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Laura Checkley, Stephen Wight, Faraz Ayub and more.

Screw. Image shows from L to R: Ali (Faraz Ayub), Jackie (Laura Checkley), Rose (Jamie-Lee O'Donnell), Leigh (Nina Sosanya), Don (Ron Donachie), Gary (Stephen Wight). Copyright: STV Productions

Key details

Comedy Drama
Channel 4
6 (1 series)
Rob Williams
Nina Sosanya, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Laura Checkley, Stephen Wight, Faraz Ayub, Ron Donachie, Jack Bardoe, James Foster and more
Rob Williams, Karla Crome, Roanne Bardsley and Saffia Sage
Tom Vaughan, Jordan Hogg, Zoe Mackie and Wendy Ashman
Brian Kaczynski, Rob Williams, Sarah Brown and Jill Pryde

This is prison as never seen before - the uncensored, shocking and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer in an all-male prison in 21st century Britain.

At the head of our gang of embattled prison officer 'screws' is Leigh, a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to this prison and its population. On a wing bursting at the seams, at the front line of a train-wreck of broken bureaucracy and short-term thinking, Leigh keeps her inmates in line and has their backs when they need it. But she is an enigma to her team, and has her own secrets that if discovered could cost her more than her job.

Into the pressure cooker of Long Marsh Prison enters Rose, a 21 year-old trainee officer. It's a baptism of fire even for this street smart young woman. She joins fellow screws Ali, Gary, Don, and Jackie.

Inspired by creator Rob Williams's experience of working and volunteering in prisons, this series brings us a view of incarceration unlike any other. Through a vibrant and multi-layered cast of characters, Screw tackles contemporary stories head on - "but always cut through with comedy, irreverence and heart."

Additional details

Camera set-up
Single camera

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Thursday 6th January 2022 at 9pm on Channel 4
Next repeats
  1. Episode 4: Friday 4th February at 2:45am on C4
All previous repeats
  • Friday 21st January 2022 at 2:00am on C4 - Episode 2
  • Friday 14th January 2022 at 2:45am on C4 - Episode 1

Recording details

  • Glasgow

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