Prisoner’s Wives Series 2 Episode 1 (BBC) Review

Gritty BBC crime drama/soap opera Prisoner’s Wives is back for another run, and its all change this time round. Only two cases remain, middle-aged mom Harriett, whose son Gavin is in jail, and gangster’s wife Francesca, who gets the most compelling storyline here. It’s smart to carry over characters from the first series just to tie the two together (something done with increasing rarity on British telly), but there’s also some intriguing new blood to get our teeth into. First we have Aisling, the young daughter of a petty criminal who wants her dad to get out of prison before she gets married in six weeks. Her fiancé isn’t so keen on his potential father-in-law, he keeps getting into trouble and reducing his chances of getting out on time, and the rest of the wedding guests are unaware of the kind of family they’re marrying into. This is all very nice, and I guess that it’ll develop into something a little more compelling over the next three weeks, but it’s definitely the least interesting plot thread of the first episode. READ MORE...

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