The 4 one-hour programmes reflect the major social, cultural and political upheavals in Ireland throughout the last 160 years plus captured the atmosphere and significance of the most historical prison buildings in Ireland. 

After the success of their first BAI Sound & Vision Award for Living with Murder, Sideline produced Behind Bars in 2011 again for TV3. Presented by award winning journalist and broadcaster Donal MacIntyre, the documentary series explores the history of the Irish prison service that was first established in 1854.

Backed by extensive historical research, insightful guests and reconstructions, the series develops a compelling and dramatic narrative that highlights the great events and characters that played a part in shaping modern Ireland plus introduces us to some of the most iconic, controversial and feared buildings in Ireland.