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Australian broadcaster Nine Network is to air an Aussie version of STV Productions and GroupM Entertainment series Prison: First & Last 24 Hours.

“When we took Prison: First & Last 24 Hours to Mipcom in October it received an excellent reception. It is a truly transferable concept and we are delighted to be working with Nine Network. They have grasped a great opportunity to create an honest and compelling insight into life behind bars.” – STV Productions Commercial Director, Paul Sheehan

The format deal will see the hard-hitting documentary series examining life behind prison bars head down under as the series follows convicted criminals on the two most important days of any sentence: the first and the last 24 hours.

The UK version of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours saw STV productions gain unprecedented access to four prisons in Scotland. It reached 300,000 viewers when it made its debut on Sky 1 last week. Viewers are given an insight into the reality of being in prison and the regrets and loneliness that accompany prisoners over the weeks, months and years of their sentences.

The Nine Network will produce a compelling eight part series-taking Australian viewers on an incredible journey through the eyes of inmates as they face their first 24 hours behind bars.

“Nine Productions are excited to be working with STV and Group M on what will be a incredibly powerful series. For the first time Australian audiences will experience the raw emotion and stark realities of prisoners not only entering but also leaving the prison system”. – Nine Network Australia’s Director of Television Michael Healy

Sky 1 is yet to comment on whether it will pick up the Nine Network version of the series for UK audiences.

In other STV news Ian Steele is to be appointed to the STV Group board from tomorrow. Ian has over 30 years experience in corporate finance and the corporate advisory sector. During a 16-year career with Deloitte LLP, Ian undertook roles within corporate finance and global advisory services. For the past eight years he sat on the UK board of the firm, and fulfilled the role of senior partner, he recently joined the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

I am delighted that Ian will join the board of STV.  He will bring considerable experience and insight as we continue to support the pursuit of a successful growth strategy and the creation of value for our shareholders.  I look forward to working with him.” – Margaret Ford, Chairman of STV Group plc

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