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Gordon Behind Bars

Season 1
 (10)
2012X-Ray16+
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay thinks it's time Britain's prisoners paid their way. There are 88,000 prisoners in the UK and it costs the taxpayer 38,000 pounds to keep each of them locked up for a year. Gordon's given himself six months to set up a successful food business behind bars. His aim: to get prisoners cooking food on the inside to sell on the outside.
Starring
Gordon Ramsay
Genres
UnscriptedSpecial InterestDocumentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    26 June 2012
    47min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Gordon arrives at Brixton Prison in South London, a category B Victorian jail packed with drug dealers, burglars, muggers and thieves. First Gordon needs to pick 12 men for his Bad Boys Brigade business, but none of them can even scramble an egg. Can the reprobates pull it off and become a dependable team for Gordon's business behind bars?
  2. 2. Episode 2
    3 July 2012
    47min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Gordon must trust the prisoners with sharp knives if they're to cook on the inside to sell on the outside. He develops a lemon curd treacle tart for production and, for the first time, Bad Boys Bakery bread and cakes are sold to the general public in a pop-up shop.
  3. 3. Episode 3
    10 July 2012
    47min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Gordon's Bad Boy Bakery needs to make some real money, so they pitch a sweet treat snack to several major coffee shop chains. But will anyone be interested in a prison-made product?
  4. 4. Episode 4
    17 July 2012
    47min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio Languages
    English
    Gordon persuades Caffè Nero to stock the Bad Boys Bakery's lemon curd treacle slice for a showcase week and asks Justice Secretary Ken Clarke for vital financial backing. Finally, Gordon gets the political powers that be down to the Bad Boys Bakery for a spot of lunch.

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Directors
Helen Simpson
Season year
2012
Network
All3Media
Content advisory
Smokingsubstance usealcohol usefoul languagesexual content
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Mrs. C. PutusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Touching Ray of Hope
Gordon teaches a group of Brixton Prison inmates to cook, and in the process they learn a lot more than how to produce top-quality food and run a busy kitchen. It was moving to see the men develop self-respect, self-control, self-confidence, and a sense of hope for the future, and although some didn't make it, others changed their lives for the better. This programme could have been a cynical means of exploiting people who had taken a wrong turn in life, but Gordon's sincerity was unmistakable and he really cared about his Bad Boy Bakery team. I wish them all well and hope that they are able to live happy, productive lives.
TutleymutleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 May 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gordon really cares
I've never seen any of the Gordon Ramsay shows before watching this series. I was blown away! Impressed by Gordon's unflinching honesty, genuiness and unsurpassed energy to make things work, I can see now why his telly programmes are so popular. He really does come across as a caring bloke.
It's very evident that Prisons don't work except as punishment for offenders - especially nowadays when they're overcrowded and understaffed. Rehabilitation is nonexistent and Prison doesn't even act as a deterrent, so it was good to see this project get off the ground and also see how it metamorposed and developed during the series.
Peter BrahamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great TV
Gordon spends 6 months in HMP Brixton teaching inmates to cook. This could have been a cynical exploitation of vulnerable people in order to make a TV show, but I was left convinced that there was a genuine attempt to build something good. Successes and failures along the way make for an emotional rollercoaster of a show.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ramsay at his finest
Gordon tackles both the prejudice of the inmates and the prison system, in order to inspire life-changing skills and mindsets.
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NAT DCReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gordon the legend
Beautiful show of hope for inmates, proving that with some humanity real change can be achieved. Locking people up for 21 hours a day doesn't and won't do anything towards helping these men recover and move on from their bad decisions.
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LeonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Gripping series
A refreshing change. I hope to see the BBB product.
BenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A hard hitting brilliant series
Great insight on what a system like Gordon's project can do for the lives of inmates, ground breaking stuff.
Nathan BedfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 04 May 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Will watch again
Was very good background noise, will watch again as missed parts due to being busy. Overall very good experience
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