We were honoured to win a silver award in the Audio Production Awards coveted Production Company of the Year last month. To celebrate, we’ve put together an Advent Calendar featuring some of our audio highlights from 2023.
During 2023 we’ve produced thousands of programmes with scores of partners, including a flagship series for BBC Radio 4, a gold award-winning podcast, a home for talented vocalists and rappers in prison, documentaries, interviews, music shows and drama.
We’ve spotted talented presenters and producers inside the walls of His Majesty’s prisons and helped them to reach their potential. We’ve provided employment to people who’ve been released from prison, provided training and helped get them noticed by the wider creative industries.
We’ve provided financial advice and legal education to people behind bars, we’ve made series designed to support people who’ve spent time in the armed forces before coming to prison, we’ve developed programming for people who’ve been in care and people whose offending is related to gambling.
We’ve covered literature – working with partners to broadcast audiobooks and offering free copies of our broadcast titles to listeners in prison. We’ve provided feedback and encouragement to vocalists and lyricists who record their performances down prison phones to our voicemail service.
We’ve supported people with healthcare information and advice, and with programming designed to help people kick their substance misuse. And we’ve provided emotional support through the night at moments when our listeners in prison are often at their most vulnerable.
And we’ve provided entertainment and laughter in an environment where both are in short supply, because we know that starting the day in a positive frame of mind can help our listeners tackle the important work they need to do on themselves while they’re in prison.
So here are 24 highlights from 2023 for you to enjoy as we approach Christmas.
December 1 – 24 Hours of National Prison Radio in Two Minutes.
We broadcast programmes into prison cells across England and Wales designed to support and inspire people in prison to change, and to reduce harm.
Every night at 11pm we broadcast audiobooks into prison cells across England and Wales. Listeners can write to us for a free copy of the title.
Promo for Oh William by Elizabeth Strout – the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, My Name Is Lucy Barton, Anything is Possible, and other novels.
December 7 – Hold or Fold, funded by Gamble Aware
We support people whose offending is linked to gambling with a radio show hosted by two brilliant presenters who were previously in prison – Steve and Ben.
Listen to the impact of gambling on Ben’s family.
December 8 – Professor Benjamin Zephaniah on National Prison Radio, 2010
“Poetry is to prose what dancing is to walking.”
December 9 – Edith with Crowded Room
Edith Thompson was executed in HMP Holloway in January 1923. 100 years later to the night, we broadcast this drama, with reflections on how the case might be seen today.
How safe does the guilty verdict look today?
December 10 – A Proposal For Resisting Darkness in collaboration with Clean Break
A drama scripted in HMP Downview by the brilliant Clean Break Theatre Company, which we produced in audio format.
Here is a sneak peek…
December 11 – Life After Prison
Life After Prison talks to Zak’s old padmate.
Our podcast for people who’ve left prison has seen some intense conversations.
Gasconi talks about the birth of his son … the day before his hearing.
December 16 – Porridge: National Prison Radio’s breakfast show with Ali
Ali’s job is to help listeners start their day in a positive frame of mind. He won Silver at the Audio Production Awards this year.
This daily feature is a favourite among his listeners.
December 20 – Jerelle’s journey
From producing radio behind bars, to assistant producer at BBC 1xtra.
Listen to Jerelle talk about his journey from prison to the BBC.
“Everything I learnt about radio was through prison radio.”
December 21 – Love Bug
Love Bug is our radio show dedicated to playing love songs and ballads that encourage people in prison to think of and reach out to loved ones.
Listen to a snippet from Kadeem’s recent show…
December 23 – Thought of the Day with Kurupt FM
Kurupt FM bring you some inspirational words on our daily breakfast show Porridge.
December 24 – Soch on National Prison Radio
Ali entertains fellow NPR colleagues with his hilarious honey story.
Listen and enjoy the many laughs…
Merry Christmas from everyone here at National Prison Radio.