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PRISON BREAK (article first published : 2006-01-19)

In 2005 M-Net wowed local television audiences with the international smash hit Desperate Housewives. This year’s earmarked attention-grabber is an unusual action drama series called Prison Break, starting on January 24 at 20h30.

Prison Break, the greatest entertainment escape of the year, is fast becoming a talked-about programme across the globe and managed to get two sought-after Golden Globe nominations --in the categories Best Television Drama and Best Actor (for Wentworth Miller).

The series is about a daring plan to mastermind the ultimate prison break and combines the hope of The Shawshank Redemption, the camaraderie of The Longest Yard and tense procedure and spectacle of The Great Escape. The mesmerising scenes will appeal to both genders, but females have the added advantage of enjoying the good looks of main star Wentworth Miller.

Miller plays Michael Scofield, a desperate man in a desperate situation. His brother, Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell), is on death row and scheduled to die in a few months for an assassination Michael is convinced Lincoln did not commit. With no other options and time winding down, he holds up a bank to get himself incarcerated alongside his brother in Fox River State Penitentiary.

It all started when the Terrence Steadman, the brother to the Vice President of the United States of America was found dead and Lincoln, who was at the wrong place at the wrong time, was identified as the main suspect. Lincolm Burrows’ personal history shows he was on a clear path to Fox River since his youth. After dropping out of Morgan’s Park high school in only 10th grade, he found himself in trouble with the law on several occasions. Prior convictions include two months for theft; three months for Criminal Damages to Property; six months for Battery; six months for possession of Drug paraphernalia, ten months of Battery.

In this instance, Burrows pled not guilty but was convicted on all counts in connection with the death of Terrence Steadman. His final appeal was denied and his date of execution was set for May 11. His only hope is his brother: Michael Scofield. Once he’s inside, Michael, a structural engineer with the blueprints for the prison, begins to execute an elaborate plan to break out Lincoln and prove him innocent of this sensational murder.




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