Hard Cell: Release date, cast, synopsis, trailer & more

Hard Cell is a documentary-style comedy set in fictional female prison, HMP Woldsley. Catherine Tate, the lead, plays multiple roles to bring attention to the flaws in prison system. 

Release date

All 6 episodes of Hard Cell are set to release on Netflix on 12 April 2022.

Cast and creators

  • Catherine Tate
  • Christian Brassington
  • Niky Wardley
  • Lorna Brown
  • Caroline Harding
  • Jola Olajide
  • Duncan Wisbey

Written and created by Catherine Tat


“Tate plays multiple characters as a documentary crew follows the inmates and staff of HMP Woldsley capturing the penal system at its brutal humorous best.”

Other details

When asked about the series, the executive producer, Kristian Smith said: “We cannot wait to show audiences on Netflix the inside of HMP Woldsley, our fictional prison occupied by the fantastic creations of Catherine Tate. This series is funny and touching all at once, revealing what life might be like in a British women’s correctional facility.”


Hard cell is a documentary-style movie that uses humor to bring attention to some important issues regarding the prison system. Catherine Tate, the lead actress, plays the role of many characters like Laura Willis, HMP Woldsley’s governor; Ros, a popular, bouncy inmate who idolises her mother; Ange, a timid first-timer in prison; Big Viv, terrifying, feared by inmates and prisoners alike; Marco, a prison guard from Essex; and Anne Marie, Ros’ mother. 

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