The Visit (TV series)
|Created by||Tony Burgess|
|Written by||Tony Burgess|
|Directed by||Tony Dow|
|Opening theme||"How Does It Feel?" by Slade|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Kenton Allen|
|Running time||Approximately 30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC Three|
|Original release||15 July– 26 August 2007|
The show is set entirely in the visiting room of a prison. Stray sheep, dodgy drug deals and snatched conjugal rights are common, as the inmates of HMP Radford Hill are reunited with family and friends.
Played by Iain McKee: Michael has taken the rap for a jewellery robbery. He refused to grass the other robbers, meaning he is the one to get locked up while the real culprits remain free, one of which was his brother, Stevie. However to save his brother from the prison sentence Michael took the fall for him.
Played by Steve Edge: Gambling addict Clint is desperate to prove his machismo but what chance has he got when his wife - the long-suffering Bev - does not take him seriously. His unseen nine-year-old son Jamie is constant source of comedy and anxiety (at least on Clint's part) with ongoing references to his unhealthy interests of dolls, skipping and stage musicals. Clint has an unfortunate ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and upset those around him.
Officer Mark Bamford
Played by Darren Tighe: Prison Officer Bamford likes to keep a tight ship. However the harder he tries the more of a fool he makes himself look. Bamford is usually at the end of fellow prison officer, Russell's jokes, with Bamford always calling Russell a twat behind his back once he has become the butt of the joke.
- Iain McKee ... Michael
- John Henshaw ... Dad
- Craig Fitzpatrick ... Stevie
- Beatrice Kelly ... Nana
- Steve Edge ... Clint
- Naomi Radcliffe ... Bev
- Angel Coulby ... Rachael
- Darren Tighe ... Officer Mark Bamford
- Neil Bell ... Russell
- Vincent Davies ... Pete
- Stephen Martin Walters ... Splodge
Pete gets a pleasant surprise from his unexpected visitor, while Nana recounts the story of Father O'Kane and his chapati. Clint makes an unsuccessful attempt at playing the hardnut of the prison.
Splodge Costello has completed his dirty protest in solitary, but celebrations are restrained. Michael maintains his innocence and pursues his appeal. Clint is happy to show off his pumped up muscles to Bev.
A sheep has mysteriously got into Radford's visiting room and Officer Bamford has taken drastic action to solve the problem. The inmates enjoy the drama on banned mobile telephones, but how do they keep them hidden from the officers?
The creche has been furnished with new toys, much to the delight of Bev and Clint. At last Michael's solicitor has arrived, but he is urged to apologise for a crime that he insists he did not commit.
Clint's brother arrives at the prison with a consignment to appease Lipstick Dave, and Clint's status plummets even further. A spot drug test on the inmates brings an extra worry to Michael and the family.
At last someone has come to fix the CCTV cameras, and Officer Bamford finds a spark of attraction in her. It's Clint's birthday and his son Jamie has a special surprise.
Clint has discovered Buddhism, Russell plucks up the courage to ask Rachael out and Pete has success with his internet date. But has Michael's appeal been successful?