The exclusive UK premiere of Alcatraz is almost upon us! Tonight the all new US drama ‘Alcatraz’ produced by JJ Abrams (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek, Super8) hits UKTV channel Watch at 9pm! To celebrate the launch, UKTV have opened the “world’s toughest hotel” – “Hotel Alcatraz”, a replica 1963 Alcatraz prison open to public bookings.
Check out a video of the pop up prison here
The opening of “Hotel Alcatraz” has been created by Watch to enable fans of the show to get a better understanding of the lives of prisoners and to bring the show’s characters to life in present-day London.
The cells, meticulously designed with materials from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in San Francisco will be accompanied by former U.S.P Alcatraz Correction Officer, George DeVincenzi to authenticate the experience.
Prison regime consists of check-in at 18.30 hours, at which point mugshots are taken and prison uniforms issued. “Guests” are fed and watered while in their cells and are given a number of tasks that will help them to understand the lives of inmates caged on ‘The Rock’ during the 1950’s and 60’s.
Already a huge hit state side the all star Alcatraz cast includes Lost favourite Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) and UK actress Parminder Nagra (ER, Bend It Like Beckham. The series maintains JJ Abrams’s flair for creating mystery and intrigue, with strong characters and gripping plots lines.
When San Francisco Police Department detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: an Alcatraz inmate – one who died over 30 years ago.
Given her family history — both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer, were guards at the prison — Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed.
Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego “Doc” Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost) to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. With the assistance of Senior EBI Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park, The Tudors) and scientist Lucy Banergee (Parminder Nagra, ER, Bend It Like Beckham) the two discover leads to a series of events that will change San Francisco and the history of the inmates of Alcatraz forever.
And so the mystery of ‘the rock’ begins to unfold…