Netflix is teaming up with Doctor Who star Catherine Tate to produce her very first series for the streamer. The series will be a six-part comedy called Hard Cell which will be shot in a mockumentary style telling a story about women’s prison.
Catherine Tate, also known for her sketch series The Catherine Tate Show has created, written and is directing Hard Cell as well as performing multiple characters in the series.
Hard Cell is produced by Argonon-backed Leopard Pictures, which is behind Mackenzie Crook’s BBC show Worzel Gummidge.
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.”
Here’s everything else we know about Netflix’s Hard Cell:
What’s the plot of Hard Cell?
Here’s the official Netflix logline for Hard Cell:
“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.”
Who is cast in Hard Cell?
The primary cast member of Hard Cell is Catherine Tate who will be portraying several characters in the six-part series. She will be joined by other cast members which include Christian Brassington (Poldark) as Dean; Niky Wardley (Call the Midwife) as Anastasia; Lorna Brown (Devils) as Cal; Caroline Harding (Coronation Street) as Sal; Jola Olajide (The Power) as Charlee; and Duncan Wisbey (Close to the Enemy) as Martin.
What’s the production status of Hard Cell?
Netflix’s Hard Cell began production on June 30, 2021 in the UK according to issue 1258 of Production Weekly. There is currently no word on the wrap date.
On the bus on Lynton road & see in the industrial estate HM prison & I’m thinking there’s no prison around here. Googled the prison name & turns out it’s Catherine Tate filming her new Netflix show. I already can’t wait I bet it’s gonna be well funny 😄#CatherineTate #Netflix
— G E O R G E (@georgieboyg) August 11, 2021
Hard Cell with Catherine Tate is filming in Wales today so if you see her around, don’t get too excited. #crewloc
— Doctor Who Production News (@DoctorWhoPN) July 27, 2021
How many episodes will be in Hard Cell?
Deadline confirms that Hard Cell will have six episodes total and will be a limited series, unless Netflix decides to renew it afterward.
What’s the Netflix release date for Hard Cell?
Netflix hasn’t set a release date for Hard Cell, but we are quite confident that with only six episodes to produce, it will arrive sometime in 2022.