Channel 4 announces gritty new prison drama Screw from Killing Eve writer – tracking female officer in men's jail

CHANNEL 4 has announced a gritty new prison drama Screw from the creator of Killing Eve Rob Williams.

The director's new project will be filmed next year and is described as "the uncensored, terrifying and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer".

The plot focuses on female officers who work at an all-male prison.

Whilst there, they end up keeping secrets which could end their careers and lives if they got out.

Williams said: "Screw is a real passion for me. I’ve wanted to write about prisons ever since teaching in that environment in a former life. I’ve maintained close links since then and the idea has grown.

"After the experience of working with Sarah Brown and her team at STV Studios on The Victim, I wouldn’t want to pursue a project that means so much to me with anybody else.

"I feel very lucky to be working with Channel 4 on the show and I can’t wait to introduce the world of Screw to as wide an audience as possible."

He will be joined on the project by writer Karla Crome, executive producer for STV Studios Sarah Brown and Peaky Blinders' Brian Kaczynski is the producer.

Sarah commented: "Following our successful collaboration on The Victim, we’re thrilled to be teaming up again with the supremely talented Rob Williams to bring his latest series to the screen for Channel 4.

"I know audiences will fall in love with his funny, anarchic, memorable characters and be captivated once again by his brilliant storytelling.

"In Channel 4, we have the perfect partners to bring Rob’s bold and totally authentic portrayal of prison life to TV, and we’re also delighted to be working with the fantastic team at Banijay on distribution."

Rob will have to wait a little while longer to get back to work on the newest series of Killing Eve as it was reported last month that filming of the popular BBC One drama – which was supposed to start in August – has been postponed until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It boils down to the fact that shooting takes place in various European cities all over the world – and Covid-19 restrictions and worries are making it a lot trickier.

This also means that the premiere date will most likely be pushed back to 2021.

A spokesman told Deadline: "Killing Eve shoots across multiple European locations. Due to the uncertainty of the world as a result of Covid-19, no shooting schedules forKilling Eve season four have been locked in at this point and there are various scenarios in play."

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