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Ramsay Behind Bars

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Prisoner cooking docuseries is salty but uplifting.

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At first, it's amusing to see the acerbic and blustering Ramsay turned almost as gentle as a kitten by the proximity to actual dangerous guys, who look as likely to shank him as to docilely cut onions and roll pastry under his tutelage. But gradually the viewer's respect for Ramsay grows, as we see him delicately put together a team and inspire them to give their all by alternately and fairly doling out both praise and criticism.

"You're going to learn, yeah?" Ramsay says, sounding like the Scotsman he is. "You're going to earn. And you're going to put back into this prison. How does that make you feel?" Good, nods his group of convicts. And the viewer might find herself nodding along. It's uplifting to see the downtrodden improve their lot a bit, and the knowledge that a couple of Ramsay's prisoners ended up working for restaurants after they got out of Brixton is even more so.

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