Nina Sosanya

Prison dramedy Screw renewed for second series

The series one finale saw tragedy strike C Wing at Long Marsh male prison, which leaves Leigh Henry (Nina Sosanya) and her beleaguered staff looking to make a fresh start.

But with changes at the very top and a fresh intake of both staff and prisoners, Leigh’s new bond with Rose (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) will be tested to the limit.

The guards continue striving to improve the complex lives of those in their care, only for rumours of an undercover cop on the wing to upend the order and threaten to blow open a criminal plot involving at least one of the officers.

Channel 4 releases first look image for ensemble prison drama Screw

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Inspired by the creator’s experience of working and volunteering in prisons, Screw follows the staff of C Wing in the busy men’s prison Long Marsh, a place brimming with humour, emotional high stakes and danger for prisoners and officers alike.

Leading the group of prisoner officers, also known as ‘screws’, is Leigh (Nina Sosanya, His Dark Materials), a woman who has devoted her life to the prison and its population.

Channel 4 announces cast for new drama Screw

 Laura Checkley, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Stephen Wight, Faraz Ayub, Ron Donachie and Laura Checkley(credit: Channel 4)

Nina Sosanya (His Dark Materials) leads the cast as Leigh, the head of the team of 'screws' formally known as prison officers, who has devoted her life to the all-male prison and its inmates. Working on an overpopulated wing and having to battle against broken bureaucracy and short-term thinking, Leigh works hard to keep her inmates in line and support them when they need it. However, to her work team, she remains an enigma, with her own dark secrets that could cost her more than her job if they were ever discovered.

Hugh Skinner and Nina Sosanya join the cast of Sky's Little Birds

The new cast members will join previously announced Juno Temple (Dirty John), Yumna Marwan (The Valley) and Raphael Acloque (24: Legacy) in the six-part drama.

Set in Tangier in 1955, Little Birds follows American Lucy Savage (Juno Temple) as she wishes to break free from the society she has been confined to and searches for independence in Morocco. Her fiancé Hugo Cavendish-Smyth (Hugh Skinner), an aristocratic English Lord, is torn between his love for Lucy and his lover, the smart and sharp Adham Abaza (Raphael Acloque).