Thursday, December 06, 2007
Fury as 'sick' poker TV show axed
In the week Beverley Allitt heard the news she may never be released from prison, TV bosses have shelved plans for a controversial poker programme after a string of complaints to the UK television watchdog Ofcom.
The independently produced 'Prison Poker' would have seen some of Britain's most notorious criminals sat round a table playing Texas Hold 'Em in an especially adapted TV cell at Marshworth Prison, London.
Among those believed to have been touted to appear in the 12-part series were serial killer nurse Beverly 'All-in' Allitt, psychopath Ian Huntley and road rage lifer Kenneth Noye.
Series producer Bet Hatton was disappointed by the decision not to commission the series.
"We have put a lot of time and effort into this project and to say I'm annoyed is an understatement," she said.
"It's another example of the nanny-state gone mad. Poker playing has long been associated with criminal activity and the show was just an extension of that.
"All the contestants are accomplished players in their own right and for some their murdering ways proved how good they were at bluffing."
The decision means Hatton will have to put another project on the back burner.
"I'd received some encouraging feedback for 'International Prison Poker' and there had been interest shown by both Timothy McVeigh and the Unabomber."
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