A Bit of a Stretch - The Podcast

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Chris Atkins

A Bit of a Stretch - The Podcast


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Have you every wondered what life is really like behind bars? Chris Atkins is a documentary maker who went to prison for tax fraud in 2016. He spent nine months in HMP Wandsworth, one of the most dangerous and dysfunctional prisons in the UK, and has now interviewed 20 ex-prisoners about their time in jail. Their stories are shocking, uplifting, heartbreaking, hilarious, and often downright weird. These incredible testimonies form this eight part podcast series. In Wandsworth Chris got loads of letters peppered with questions - What's the food like? What do you wear? Tell me about the showers... This podcast answers...

Critic Reviews

Score: 4

James Marriot • The Times UK Oct 1, 2020

"A Bit of a Stretch is mostly a good-humoured and entertaining listen. The details of prison life are deftly chosen...The serious message weaving through all this is that the prison system is underfunded and broken. Getting nice middle-class people to think about that is a commendable aim."

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Score: 5

Yvonne Roberts • The Guardian Feb 16, 2020

"...a surreal, darkly funny, at times horrifying but always humane account of what it’s like to be locked up in a dysfunctional institution..."

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Listener Reviews

Score: 4.5

Cara L. Dec 16, 2021

"A series of ten short (30 min) podcasts on doing prison time in the UK. Loads of really interesting interviews and insights into the prison service. I've been talking about each episode a lot which is always a good sign. The sound quality is pretty bad but you can forgive them that when the subject matter is so interesting."

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