On the 6th October a new series of Porridge will begin on BBC1, and local actor Keith Hyland will be seen on the screen.
We caught up with Keith to find out more. He said “I was fortunate enough to get a role as regular background prisoner on the new series of porridge”
“Following the success of the pilot show last August the BBC agreed to commission it into a series, and as we were involved in the pilot show we were asked to return to our roles as prisoners”
“My character was called hashtag due to the 2 hashtag tattoos on my neck thanks to the wonderful make up department”
“I have to say it was one of the best productions I have had the pleasure of working on, everyone was great, all involved in the show made everyone feel welcome and we had a family style atmospheres”
“The filming process consisted of a Wednesday which was spent shooting VT images that would form part of the show. These could be external shots of the yard or internal shots from other part of the prison.”
“Thursday’s would consist of rehearsals in the morning dress rehearsals after lunch and then on the evening the show was filmed before a live studio audience of a few hundred people. (I did manage to get my parents tickets to come along and watch it be filmed live).”
“The main cast were great and we all got on famously.”
“Kevin Bishop plays the role of Fletch ( Fletchers grandson) so it’s a modern tale on the sitcom not a rehash of the old one”
“Dick Clements was still involved in the writing process and I was fortunate enough to meet him.”
“I was made to feel very welcome and part of the porridge family along with all the other supporting artists playing prison guards and prisoners.”
“The series is going to be great viewing and I am looking forward to it being aired on BBC1 from October 6th at 8:30pm.”
Keith has also been busy elsewhere. He has worked on a couple of other things that are out or due out in October. He did two days shooting on “Bad Move”, the new Jack Dee sitcom. Peaky Blinders season 4 is also due to start in October. A TV commercial which he has a small featured part in should be shown soon.
We wish Keith all the best. You’re never too old (or young) to move things in a different direction….
Uncomfortably Numb was a 5 part web series which starred Keith. It has now been made into a short film. https://www.sthelensunlimited.co.uk/2017/09/11/uncomfortably-numb/