Discovery Channel UK has given the greenlight to The Krays: The Prison Years, a one-off documentary which will explore the “untold story” of the Kray twins after they were imprisoned in 1968. The Krays: The Prison Years will air on Discovery UK & Ireland this September.
The hour-long documentary utilises exclusive never-before seen footage, interviews and reconstructions to tell the story of the twins’ lives from 1968 until their deaths. From their 30-day trial and Ronnie Kray’s committal to Broadmoor, following his diagnosis as insane, to operations on the ‘outside’ and the twin’s various marriages inside.
A number of the subjects interviewed for the documentary had first hand dealings with the Krays. Said interviewees include Wilf Pine, Ronnie Kray’s business manager; Freddie Foreman, who was sentenced at the same time as the Krays for the disposal of the body of Jack ‘the hat’ McVitie; and Maureen Flanagan, a close family friend and former model who Reggie proposed to three times whilst in prison.
“The story of the infamous Kray twins continues to captivate public interest and imagination, however up until now, little has been told of their time spent in prison”, said executive producer Kate Beal. “Through exclusive access to leading experts, the Kray’s confidants and archive that has long been restricted to the public, we take viewers on a powerful and compelling journey through their prison years.”
The Krays: The Prison Years was commissioned by Dan Korn, Discovery’s former Senior Vice-President of Special Projects, and ordered by Graham Lafferty, Head of Discovery Channel UK and Ireland. Independent production company Woodcut Media is producing, with Kate Beal and Adam Jacobs serving as the executive producers.