Screw the locations: Where was the Channel 4 drama filmed?

COMEDY-DRAMA Screw has proved a huge hit for Channel 4 with its dark story about life in prison.

The show was filmed in Scotland with some scenes filmed in an actual former prison.

The replica prison was designed with heavy doors and lockable cells


The replica prison was designed with heavy doors and lockable cellsPhoto credit: STV / Channel 4

Where was Screw filmed?

Peterhead Prison

Screw is set in the fictional Long Marsh men’s prison.

However, the show was filmed at Peterhead Prison on the east coast of Aberdeenshire, formerly known as ‘Scotland’s Gulag’.

The former prison operated from 1888 to 2013 and could hold around 400 prisoners – it was also a specialist center for sex offenders.

Since the prison closed, it has served as a museum.

Peterhead Prison was also used as a filming location for the 2018 British zombie film Redcon-1.

The ‘Screw’ cast visited the prison before filming began and lead actress Nina Sosanya told Channel 4: “We were allowed to look inside and it was a shock to see the small cells, the narrow doors and the low ceilings.”

Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall

Many of the interior scenes for “Screw” were shot in a studio modeled after a prison wing.

The set was designed in Glasgow’s famous Kelvin Hall.

The historic site is an early 20th-century exhibition hall that was used for various cultural purposes.

Glasgow City Council has granted planning permission for the construction of a £11.9m television and film studio to encourage creativity.

What is “Screw” about?

Screw follows a team of wardens working in the C Wing of Long Marsh Prison, led by Chief Prison Officer Leigh Henry.

In season two, prison officials are desperate for a fresh start, and prospective warden Rose Gill is determined to put her past mistakes behind her.

Also in the second season, the officers and inmates suspect that there is an undercover police officer in the prison.

When is it on channel 4 and how can I watch it?

You can watch Screw on Channel 4 every Thursday at 9pm.

The second series begins on August 31, 2023 and ends on October 5, 2023.

The six-part series consists of 45-minute episodes and can also be watched on Channel 4’s streaming site.

Emma James

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