Catherine Tate to make Netflix women’s prison mockumentary series

Tate will write, direct and star in the six-part show

Catherine Tate is working on a new mockumentary series for Netflix.

The multi-hyphenate will write, direct and star in Hard Cell!, a comedy set in a women’s prison – it’s due to air next year.

“Catherine Tate writes, directs, and stars as *multiple characters* in a new comedy – HARD CELL! Set at a women’s prison, a documentary crew follows staff and inmates behind bars,” Netflix wrote in an announcement on Twitter.


There is no word yet on other cast members or writers for the project – stay tuned for updates as they come in. Hard Cell will feature six episodes.

Executive producer Kristian Smith said in a statement obtained by Deadline: “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.”

In other Netflix news, the trailer for Fear Street Part One: 1994 was released earlier this week.

The first film in the forthcoming horror anthology series will be released on Friday (July 2).


An official synopsis for the Fear Street trilogy reads: “In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations ​may all be connected — and that they may be the next targets.

“Based on R.L. Stine’s best-selling horror series, the trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadyside’s sinister history.”