Alcatraz: Defying the Rock

About the Show

Kidnappers, bank robbers and murderers all called 'The Rock' home. To beat Alcatraz, they had to pit themselves against the might of its structure and the scope of its security. This documentary uncovers the design, construction and legends of Alcatraz to discover the stories of incredible escapes. It covers the shocking 'Battle of '46', explaining how inmates took guards as hostages and seized control of the cellhouse, and also the escape made famous by Clint Eastwood's celebrated film, Escape from Alcatraz. The programme also reveals the good planning, patient observation and the keen understanding of the prison's weakest design elements that enabled the megastructure to be overcome.