A TIMELAPSE video shows how the historic Kelvin Hall in Glasgow was transformed into a prison for the filming of a new TV drama.

The six-part series Screw, produced by STV Studios for Channel 4, began last night. Its cast includes Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O'Donnell and Nina Sosanya, known for her roles in W1A, Last Tango in Halifax and His Dark Materials.

Bafta-nominated writer Rob Williams, whose past credits include The Victim and Killing Eve, is the show's creator.

Dave Arrowsmith, production designer for Screw, oversaw the custom-built set used to create the fictional Long Marsh Prison.

"My brief was to try and create something that was contemporary but had an old-fashioned feel to it," he told The Herald Magazine. "We wanted it to be Victorian – we didn't want to do a modern prison. The story is about the challenges involved in what is effectively a small city inside the prison."


Constructing the set inside the Kelvin Hall proved a gargantuan undertaking. "We put a concrete floor down over Christmas 2020 and then started the scaffolding and construction metalwork at the end of January/beginning of February 2021," said Arrowsmith.

"We began filming three months later – it was around a 12 or 14-week build. There was between 50 and 60 people involved at some points. It was frenetic."

Find out more about the making of Screw as we delve behind the scenes in The Herald Magazine. Click here to read the full feature