Prisoners' Wives

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Prisoners’ Wives
Genre Drama
Created by Julie Gearey
Written by Julie Gearey
James Graham
Chloe Moss
Starring Polly Walker
Pippa Haywood
Sally Carman (series 2)
Karla Crome (series 2)
Emma Rigby (Series 1)
Natalie Gavin (Series 1)
Composer(s) Daniel Pemberton
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 10 (to 4 April 2013)
Executive producer(s) Roanna Benn
Rebecca de Souza
Julie Gearey
Producer(s) Anna Ferguson
Location(s) Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Running time 59 minutes
Production company(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Distributor Endemol UK
Original channel BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (HDTV)
Original run 31 January 2012 (2012-01-31) – present
External links
Production website

Prisoners' Wives is a BBC drama series, created and written by Julie Gearey and starring Emma Rigby, Polly Walker, Pippa Haywood and Natalie Gavin, with supporting cast including Jonas Armstrong and Iain Glen. The series centres around four very different women, each struggling to cope with a significant man in her life serving time in prison.[1][2][3] The series is set in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.

Series one was six episodes long, and premiered on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Series two was a shorter run of four episodes, and began on Thursday 14 March 2013 on BBC One.[4][5]

Main cast[edit]

Series 1[edit]

  • Emma Rigby as Gemma, her life changes when armed police storm her house and arrest her husband on suspicion of murder
  • Polly Walker as Francesca, a colourful and glamorous career criminal Paul's wife
  • Pippa Haywood as Harriet, a respectable middle-aged upstanding member of the local community whose son is in jail
  • Natalie Gavin as Lou, her boyfriend Sean is serving time on her behalf

Series 2[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Series 2[edit]


Prisoners’ Wives is executive produced for Tiger Aspect. by Roanna Benn, Rebecca de Souza and Greg Brenman (Tiger's Head of Drama) and for the BBC by Christopher Aird. Damon Thomas and Harry Bradbeer direct with Anna Ferguson as producer and Abi Bach as co-producer. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen for airing in early 2012.


Series One opened with 4.92m, according to overnight figures, which was a 20.1% audience share.[6]


  1. ^ Nicola Methven (18 November 2011). "Move over Mistresses – it's time for new BBC1 drama Prisoners' Wives". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Polly Walker to Star in BBC Drama Prisoners’ Wives". BestBritishTv. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  3. ^ CM4. "Prisoners' Wives". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "'Prisoners' Wives' second series confirmed". Digital Spy. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Prisoners' Wives opens with a respectable 4.92m". Digital Spy. 1 February 2012. 

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