Life And Death Row

Confirmed for BBC Three on 17 March at 9.00pm to 10.00pm

Ep 1/3

Monday 17 March



Some young Britons want the UK to follow in America’s footsteps and reintroduce capital punishment. But do they really know what it means to live in the shadow of the death penalty? For the first time, this powerful new series tells the story of capital punishment through the eyes of the young people whose lives have been shaped by it.

With unprecedented access inside prison walls, this powerful series discovers what it’s like to live with the threat of the death chamber, as well as hearing from victims and their families, and the family of those on death row - some praying for execution, some hoping for a reprieve.

Each episode focuses on a key aspect of the system – execution, trial and appeal. The first episode centres on two of the youngest men on death row in Texas, for whom execution day has arrived. Victim Nikki Daniels reflects on her kidnapping ordeal by murderer Richard Cobb and battles with her conflicting desires to forgive him, while the mother of death row inmate Anthony Haynes fights to use the final 72 hours to halt her son’s execution for the murder of a police officer.


Life And Death Row is a BBC in-house production. The Executive Producers are Colin Barr and Clare Sillery. Episode one, Execution, is directed by Ben Anthony.