- Lockdown executive producer Annelie Van Rooyen commented that they hire ex-prisoners as consultants for the show
- The cast gets on-site help that adds authenticity to the show
- The first episode had viewers reeling
A recent interview in Sowetan World’s SundayLive, some of Lockdown's extra cast members are for real convicts
Like many other shows, Lockdown has its own on-set “consultants”, explains Annelie Van Rooyen, the shows executive producer.
“We hired ex-prisoners to work on the show as extras in scenes. They know how to act behind bars because they’ve actually lived it, they’ve been there and know the environment.
"It means that our cast are getting first-hand help from people who can say, ‘No, this would never happen,’ or ‘These people would never be together in a cell,’ and ‘That isn’t the language being used.’ That adds authenticity to the show and it tells real stories.”
Already in its third season, the second episode aired recently and is set in the fictional Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.
Due to the level of research in the show, and due to type of research involved, the situations that take place on the show are situation that could, and do, happen in real prisons.
Adding to the authenticity is fact that most of the scenes are filmed at the original apartheid-era prison at Constitutional Hill.
Clearly all the effort into the research is paying off because fans are loving the show!
Briefly.co.za reported on the start of the new season and it’s hard to think of a reality as vicious as how the season started. The new season started out with a fatal stabbing by means of a plastic spoon, yup, a plastic spoon.
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