Channel 4 shock fans with decision to axe award-nominated celebrity reality show

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11 Jul 2024, 13:36

Channel 4 shock fans with decision to axe award-nominated celebrity reality show

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Another popular Channel 4 show is getting the chop despite being nominated for a BAFTA. The four-part documentary series, Banged Up, which saw male celebrities serve a stint at Shrewsbury Prison has been axed.

Although the show was set to make a comeback with a second series based in a women’s jail, the programme will not be returning to the small screen.

The show, which first aired in October 2023, followed the male celebrities eight days at the decommissioned prison where they were kept in cells, made to work and surrounded by real former prison guards and ex-criminals. It is thought Nigel Farage was offered a five-figure sum before the show's plug got pulled.



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Sid Owen in Banged Up

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The first series included EastEnders actor Sid Owen, Gogglebox star Marcus Luther, ex-MP Neil Parish, comedian and actor Tom Rosenthal and former Strictly Come Dancing star HRVY.

The BAFTA-nominated show, which lost out to Netflix's Squid Game for Best Reality award, is staying behind bars.

An insider told The Sun: 'Producers were shocked by Channel 4's decision to axe the show. They were aiming high in trying to get people like Farage on board, and had some good names lined up.

'Pundits raved about the show and it was loved by viewers, so it seems a strange decision to get rid of it. It must purely be for financial reasons.'

Banged Up

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A Channel 4 spokesperson added: 'Banged Up was a unique one-off social experiment that was only commissioned for one series.'

Sid Owen told Yahoo about his time inside: "Being locked in, I broke down quite a few times. Hearing people’s stories, you do emphasise with them a bit because people have no choice where they come from.

"It’s not a nice experience and I don't wish it on anyone. It does boil down to where people grow up and where they come from and some people don't have a choice. Some people get involved from a young age and you know, the wrong things. So, it's just being strong minded yourself and staying out of trouble."

Banged Up follows in the footsteps of C4 programmes including Steph’s Packed Lunch, SAS: Who Dares Wins, Don’t Tell The Bride and Danny Dyer's Scared of the Dark.