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The Beginner’s Guide to Prisons Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Documentary Educational

The Beginner’s Guide to Prisons

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Documentary Educational

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Broadcaster Ian Johnstone was an intrepid explorer for TVNZ's 80s Beginner's Guide documentary series; the series embedded personal guides to lift the veil on everything from marae protocol to the Freemasons. This edition sees a crime (embezzlement of TVNZ money) pinned to 47-year-old Johnstone by the CIB and so begins his (fictional) experience of judicial process and imprisonment. A humbled Johnstone aims to convey what life behind bars is like, and bust some myths en route, from "they only serve half their time don’t they?" to "it's like a four star hotel".

I wonder what it would feel like to be sent to prison?
– Johnstone sets out to find the answer