In just eight days each con will perform a stand-up set in front of a 100-strong audience of friends, family and other cons.
Rudi Lickwood is the course tutor, he is a veteran of the stand up circuit and is no touchy-feely liberal. Rudi will not tolerate time wasters because as far as he is concerned his course is not a soft option, it is an exercise in character building. A good routine requires self-analysis, honesty –and a lot of bottle, not even the hardest of hard men wants to die on stage, especially when the audience includes a wife who already thinks he’s a failure, prison authorities to whom he is just another repeat offender and cell mates who will heckle you for the fun of it.
Lee, John and Vincent have a genuine challenge ahead of them and the opportunity to do some thing positive –perhaps for the first time. Will they pull it off?
A Century Films production for BBC 3
1 x 25 minutesPhotographyChris BairstowAssistant ProducerAmanda RoseExecutive Producer for the BBCCelia TaylorExecutive ProducerBrian HillKatie BailiffFilm EditorJules CornellProduced and Directed byLisa Smith