Prisoners' Wives

Prisoners' Wives is a BBC drama series, created and written by Julie Gearey and starring Polly Walker, Pippa Haywood, Emma Rigby, Natalie Gavin, Sally Carman and Karla Crome, with supporting cast including Iain Glen, Adam Gillen, Jonas Armstrong, Reuben Johnson, Enzo Cilenti and Owen Roe. The series centres on four very different women, each struggling to cope with a significant man in her life serving time in prison.[1][2][3] The series is set in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. Series one was six episodes long, and premiered on Tuesday 31 January 2012. Series two was a shorter run of four episodes, and began on Thursday 14 March 2013 on BBC One.[4][5]

Prisoners’ Wives
Created byJulie Gearey
Written by
  • Julie Gearey
  • James Graham
  • Chloe Moss
ComposerDaniel Pemberton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes10
Executive producers
  • Roanna Benn
  • Rebecca de Souza
  • Julie Gearey
ProducerAnna Ferguson
Production locationsSheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Running time60 minutes
Production companyTiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 (HDTV)
Original release31 January 2012 (2012-01-31) –
4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)
External links
Production website

Main castEdit

Series 1Edit

Series 2Edit

  • Polly Walker as Francesca Miller
  • Pippa Haywood as Harriet Allison
  • Sally Carman as Kim Haines
  • Karla Crome as Aisling O'Connor

Supporting castEdit

Series 1Edit

Series 2Edit


Series 1Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
1"Episode 1"Damon ThomasJulie Gearey31 January 2012 (2012-01-31)5.62
2"Episode 2"Damon ThomasJulie Gearey7 February 2012 (2012-02-07)5.96
3"Episode 3"Damon ThomasJames Graham14 February 2012 (2012-02-14)5.18
4"Episode 4"Harry BradbeerChloe Moss21 February 2012 (2012-02-21)4.69
5"Episode 5"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey28 February 2012 (2012-02-28)4.98
6"Episode 6"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey6 March 2012 (2012-03-06)5.16

Series 2Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
7"Episode 1"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey14 March 2013 (2013-03-14)4.94
8"Episode 2"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey21 March 2013 (2013-03-21)4.96
9"Episode 3"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey28 March 2013 (2013-03-28)4.74
10"Episode 4"Harry BradbeerJulie Gearey4 April 2013 (2013-04-04)4.79


Prisoners’ Wives is executive produced for Tiger Aspect. by Roanna Benn, Rebecca de Souza and Greg Brenman (Tiger's Head of Drama) and for the BBC by Christopher Aird. Damon Thomas and Harry Bradbeer direct with Anna Ferguson as producer and Abi Bach as co-producer. The series was commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson and Danny Cohen for airing in early 2012.


The first series attracted an average consolidated audience of 5.26 million. The average consolidated audience for the second series was 4.86 million.


  1. ^ Nicola Methven (18 November 2011). "Move over Mistresses – it's time for new BBC1 drama Prisoners' Wives". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Polly Walker to Star in BBC Drama Prisoners' Wives". BestBritishTv. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ CM4. "Prisoners' Wives". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "'Prisoners' Wives' second series confirmed". Digital Spy. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "BARB Top 30s". Retrieved 13 October 2017.

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