The Visit (TV series)

The Visit is a British television programme written by stand-up comedian Tony Burgess. Starring Iain McKee and Steve Edge, the series revolves around the visiting room of the HMP Radford Hill, a category C prison.[1]

The Visit
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Created byTony Burgess
Written byTony Burgess
Directed byTony Dow
StarringIain McKee
Steve Edge
John Henshaw
Vincent Davies
Stephen Walters
Opening theme"How Does It Feel?" by Slade
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Kenton Allen
Producer(s)John Rushton
Editor(s)Simon Reglar
Running timeApproximately 30 minutes
Original networkBBC Three
Original release15 July (2007-07-15) –
26 August 2007 (2007-08-26)
External links

The BBC revealed The Visit is part of a series trilogy with I'm With Stupid and Thieves Like Us.

Plot outlineEdit

Stray sheep, dodgy drug deals and snatched conjugal rights are common, as the inmates of HMP Radford Hill are reunited with family and friends on their weekly visits.[2] The series follows two prisoners as they entertain visitors on a weekly basis. Michael, in prison for a jewellery robbery he didn't commit, is awaiting the outcome of his appeal. His weekly visits consist of his father, his Nan, and his younger brother Stevie. Clint, a gambling addict, suffers from a lack of social grace and the interesting habits of his nine year old son. His weekly visits consist of his wife and infant children.[1]



Played by Iain McKee: Michael has taken the rap for a jewellery robbery. He refused to grass the other robbers, meaning he is the one to get locked up while the real culprits remain free, one of which was his brother, Stevie. However to save his brother from the prison sentence Michael took the fall for him.[1]


Played by Steve Edge: Gambling addict Clint is desperate to prove his machismo but what chance has he got when his wife - the long-suffering Bev - does not take him seriously. His unseen nine-year-old son Jamie is constant source of comedy and anxiety (at least on Clint's part) with ongoing references to his unhealthy interests of dolls, skipping and stage musicals. Clint has an unfortunate ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time and upset those around him.[1]

Splodge CostelloEdit

Played by Stephen Walters: Mancunian Splodge is campaigning for the right to additional toilet paper rolls, which landed him in a stint of solitary confinement. Most of the prison inmates and staff are afraid of him, and he knows it. Splodge spends most of his visiting time waiting for his girlfriend, Zoe, who is habitually late, and harassing the other inmates.[3]

Blind PeteEdit

Played by Vincent Davies: Pete, or "Blind Pete" as he's known within the prison, uses his disability to his advantage in any way that he can. Many of the other prisoners suspect that all is not what it seems and that Pete may actually be able to see.[3]


Played by John Henshaw: Michael's father and a local taxi driver, Brian drives the family to the prison each week for their visit. A bit of a complainer with an unhealthy obsession with speed bump, he's still a loyal family man.[3]


Played by Craig Fitzpatrick: Michael's younger brother, Stevie is not too concerned with anything but women and weed. During visits he likes to wind his father and brother up while convincing his Nan to pay for anything he thinks he needs.[3]


Played by Beatrice Kelley: If any soul needs saving, Nana knows it's her grandson. She insists on sending Michael every religious icon she can find, has made friends with all of the local Catholic Priests, and thinks that Father Kane can solve any problem.[3]


Played by Naomi Radcliffe: Clint's long-suffering wife, Bev spends much of her time campaigning for better playground facilities in the visiting room for her twins. Loyal, rational, and calm, she is often frustrated with her husband's gambling on the inside while she struggles to make ends meet on the outside.[3]


Played by Rebecca Richamond: Splodge's girlfriend and the mother of his child, Zoe often misses visits or is late. She turns the heads of most of the other inmates, much to the dismay of their girlfriends and wives.[3]

Officer Mark BamfordEdit

Played by Darren Tighe: Prison Officer Bamford likes to keep a tight ship. However the harder he tries the more of a fool he makes himself look. Bamford is usually at the end of fellow prison officer, Russell's jokes, with Bamford always calling Russell a twat behind his back once he has become the butt of the joke.[1]

Officer RussellEdit

Played by Neil Bell: Crunchies are the most important thing in Officer Russel's day. Relaxed and focused on chocolate, he spends most of his day wondering how much time is left in his shift.[3]

Officer RachelEdit

Played by Angel Coulby: Well liked by the prisoners due to her wit and sarcasm, Officer Rachel is both good at her job and more than willing to put the other guards in their place.[3]



Title Written by Original air date
11"Episode 1"Tony Burgess15 July 2007 (2007-07-15)
Pete gets a pleasant surprise from his unexpected visitor, while Nana recounts the story of Father O'Kane and his chapati. Clint makes an unsuccessful attempt at playing the hardnut of the prison.[4]
22"Episode 2"Tony Burgess22 July 2007 (2007-07-22)
Splodge Costello has completed his dirty protest in solitary, but celebrations are restrained. Michael maintains his innocence and pursues his appeal. Clint is happy to show off his pumped up muscles to Bev.[4]
33"Episode 3"Tony Burgess29 July 2007 (2007-07-29)
A sheep has mysteriously got into Radford's visiting room and Officer Bamford has taken drastic action to solve the problem. The inmates enjoy the drama on banned mobile telephones, but how do they keep them hidden from the officers?[4]
44"Episode 4"Tony Burgess5 August 2007 (2007-08-05)
The creche has been furnished with new toys, much to the delight of Bev and Clint. At last Michael's solicitor has arrived, but he is urged to apologise for a crime that he insists he did not commit.[4]
55"Episode 5"Dave Nicholls12 August 2007 (2007-08-12)
Clint's brother arrives at the prison with a consignment to appease Lipstick Dave, and Clint's status plummets even further. A spot drug test on the inmates brings an extra worry to Michael and the family.[4]
66"Episode 6"Tony Burgess19 August 2007 (2007-08-19)
At last someone has come to fix the CCTV cameras, and Officer Bamford finds a spark of attraction in her. It's Clint's birthday and his son Jamie has a special surprise.[4]
77"Episode 7"Jim Poyser26 August 2007 (2007-08-26)
Clint has discovered Buddhism, Russell plucks up the courage to ask Rachael out and Pete has success with his internet date. But has Michael's appeal been successful?[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e Guide, British Comedy. "About The Visit - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ "The Visit". BBC Entertainment. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Guide, British Comedy. "The Visit characters - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g BBC Episode Guide for "The Visit", Retrieved 2010-02-06

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