Ross Kemps dangerous prisons show forced to halt filming after incident

Ross Kemp has been forced to halt filming his new prison show due to "an incident" whilst interviewing drug gangs.

Kemp, 59, has been shooting his new series for Channel 5, Ross Kemp: 72 Hours In…. In the show, Ross investigates what life looks like behind bars in some of the most dangerous prisons in the world.

But according to Deadline, the notorious 'hard man' has had to stop filming and production of the show has been temporarily halted as conversations are had between Paramount UK and the executive producers of the show. The reasoning for this has been kept quiet, other than the description of "an incident".

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The crew were supposedly set to film in Colombia, which would have been filming the show through until Christmas. But a spokeswoman for Channel 5 said: "Filming had begun on the series, but due to unforeseen production challenges, we have made the practical decision to halt filming at the moment".

Former Eastenders star Kemp was also looking to visit a number of other dangerous jails across the world. These locations would be based in South America and Asia.

Speaking previously about the series, Ross said that he wanted to push the boundaries of what the show could do. Talking to The Sun, he said: "I’ve been to some of the world’s toughest prisons. I thought I’d experienced it all, but this time we’re going even further".

The Bridge of Lies host recently detailed his life as an actor before entering the documentary world. In his new book, Take Nothing for Granted: Tales From An Unexpected Life, Ross joked that sheer luck and a good laugh was able to get him back in touch with his family and friends.

He added that his dark humour came from "being someone who operates in those kinds of environments". Kemp also said that risk assessments meant that he could deal with the trauma of immersing himself in dangerous places with colleagues.

"That can be being shot at, you can be in a road traffic accident or your son has been killed by drug dealers," he explained. "What keeps me up now isn’t necessarily those events, it’s worrying about not being around for my kids".

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