"This is an unflinching drama filled with shocking moments inspired by real events in our prison system. "
A brand new drama created by Liverpool-based independent production company, LA Productions, premieres less than 10 months after the initial idea inception.
Clink, a new 10-part gritty drama based in an all-female prison, is due to air on free-to-air channel 5STAR from Thursday 18 April at 9pm.
Clink follows the path of other LA Productions’ commissioned scripted series including Broken (BBC One: 2017), Moving On (BBC One: 2009 - present), Care (BBC One: 2018) and Reg (BBC One: 2016).
Throughout the series, viewers will meet a compelling spectrum of characters who find themselves living or working in the prison system. Across the show’s run, Clink will cover hard-hitting and raw storylines such as being pregnant in prison, drug use, self-harm and mental health as well as showcasing the importance of community and friendship.
The stories have been dramatised from real-life inmate experiences and the result is an authentic, raw and honest depiction of life on the inside.
The ensemble cast includes Alicya Eyo, Christine Tremarco, Paul Broughton, Katherine Rose Morley, Lu Corfield and Trudie Goodwin.
In addition to featuring a female cast, the show was predominantly produced by women. Six out of the seven writers and the majority of the directors used in Clink were also female. Former Brookside and Emmerdale actress, Gillian Kearney, makes her director debut in the series. The producer is Donna Molloy.
LA Productions’ Head of Development, Justine Potter, led the extensive research process, with days spent with former prisoners and guards to get an accurate representation of life in an all-female prison.
Sarah Deane, showrunner and Series Script Editor for LA Productions, who penned the series opener and finale for Clink, said: “This is an unflinching drama filled with shocking moments inspired by real events in our prison system. The show will resonate with viewers who will come to sympathise with the characters portrayed on screen as they go on a spiritual journey from start to finish.
“We had a lot of fun making Clink. I can’t wait for people to see it for themselves and meet these complex characters.”
Filming for Clink began in January 2019 and finished in mid-March with all episodes being shot in and around Liverpool. Three Black Magic Ursa Mini Pro cameras were used in filming as well as a skycam for overhead shots with all footage shot in 4K resolution. Post-production for the series was completed by the team in-house at LA Productions.
Colin McKeown, owner and executive producer at LA Productions, added: “It is fantastic to see how, in less than 10 months, Clink has transformed into a wonderful piece of television created by our talented team of actors, writers and directors.
“This was an exciting challenge for those involved, the quickest turnaround of any production that we have had the pleasure of working on. It showcases another string to our bow for producing excellent television.”
Actress Katherine Rose Morley who plays series lead, Chloe, explained: “This has been the most amazing job in more ways than one. I have not only had the best time but this job has also brought all these amazing women together. We are all here to make the best drama we can.”
A new episode of Clink will air every Thursday at 9pm for 10 weeks from Thursday 18 April. For more information about LA Productions, please visit www.laproductions.co.uk.