Buried (TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Written by
  • Jimmy Gardener
  • Robert Jones
Directed by
  • Morag McKinnon
  • Kenneth Gleenan
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Kath Mattock
  • Paul Endacott
  • David Gibson
  • United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network
Picture format 16:9
Original release 14 January – 4 March 2003

Buried is a British television drama series, produced by World Productions for Channel 4 and originally screened in 2003. The programme starred Lennie James as Lee Kingley, who is serving a long prison sentence in order to protect a member of his family from a violent criminal. Critically well-received, the programme won the Best Drama Series category at the British Academy Television Awards (BAFTAs) in 2004.[1] The series has never been released on DVD.


It was suggested midway through the series run that it was unlikely to be recommissioned because of poor ratings. The series averaged just 1 million viewers and an 8% audience share in its 10.35pm Tuesday night slot. A Channel 4 spokesperson said: "It's a good piece of drama, but the audiences haven't been as good as the critical response," the source said.[2]



No. Title Directed by Written by British air date
1 "Episode 1" TBA TBA 14 January 2003 (2003-01-14)
Staff and prisoners at HMP Mandrake meet new inmate Lee Kingley, who has been sentenced to ten years for GBH and a firearms offence.
2 "Episode 2" TBA TBA 21 January 2003 (2003-01-21)
Ronaldo returns to D wing, having recovered from a stabbing and claiming not to remember who attacked him. Patty has been transferred for safety, and Lee is wary of possible reprisals.
3 "Episode 3" Morag McKinnon TBA 28 January 2003 (2003-01-28)
Lee's fearsome brother Troy arrives on the wing. Lee is happy to spend time with him, but reluctant to get involved with the drug dealing and money lending that his status immediately affords him.
4 "Episode 4" Morag McKinnon Richard Zajdlic 4 February 2003 (2003-02-04)
With his brother Troy 'ghosted', Lee is top dog on the wing. However, his reputation is endangered when a rumour goes round that Kappa, his sidekick, is a paedophile.
5 "Episode 5" Morag McKinnon TBA 11 February 2003 (2003-02-11)
Russo receives a tip-off that an officer is bringing drugs onto D wing. He orders Nick to lean on a renowned grass, Collit, in order to find out who's responsible.
6 "Episode 6" TBA TBA 18 February 2003 (2003-02-18)
Female officer DD retaliates when she is assaulted by an angry prisoner, who then makes a complaint against her. She is ordered to go and see Nick for counselling.
7 "Episode 7" TBA TBA 25 February 2003 (2003-02-25)
Lee returns from segregation noticeably more reserved. Shiel is now top dog and Lee is happy to let him run the wing, until he attempts to sexually harass vulnerable first-timer Lucas.
8 "Episode 8" TBA TBA 4 March 2003 (2003-03-04)
Lee gets a visit from his lawyer and the police. They want him to give evidence against Paul Brown, the policeman who put him inside.


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