The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.
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Elspeth Ballantyne ...
 Meg Morris / ... (669 episodes, 1979-1986)
Betty Bobbitt ...
 Judy Bryant (430 episodes, 1980-1985)
Sheila Florance ...
 Lizzie Birdsworth (404 episodes, 1979-1985)
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
 Joan "The Freak" Ferguson / ... (389 episodes, 1982-1986)
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 Bea Smith (376 episodes, 1979-1983)
Patsy King ...
 Erica Davidson (354 episodes, 1979-1985)
Gerda Nicolson ...
 Ann Reynolds / ... (319 episodes, 1981-1986)
Colette Mann ...
 Doreen Burns / ... (294 episodes, 1979-1985)
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This Australian series has, after 692 episodes, received cult status all over the world. The series takes place in Wentworth, a prison in Australia. Wentworth is a high-security female prison. The women are there for all sorts of crimes. We get to follow how they got there, their life in the prison and what becomes of them afterwards. We also get to follow the staff, their work in the prison and their personal relationships. Written by Jens Andersson

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The cult phenomenon from down under.

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In some countries, the series was called "Prisoner: Cell Block H" to avoid confusion with the cult UK series The Prisoner (1967). Annette Andre, Terence Donovan and David Nettheim appeared in both shows. See more »

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Bea Smith's husbands name changed varies from Harry to Jack. See more »

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[first lines]
Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

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On the Inside
(Prisoner theme)
Written by Allan Caswell
Conducted by William Motzing
Performed by Lynne Hamilton
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Better Than "Oz"
19 May 2000 | by (Heaven) – See all my reviews

This is certainly the best prison show ever, and probably the best soap opera/melodrama ever, too. It's humor and lack of pretension make it 100 times better than "Oz" will ever be. Of course, setting it in a women's prison gave the creators a lot more freedom in dealing with characters. We have fewer preconceptions so they couldn't rely on stereotypes like they do on "Oz". It would be neat, in a way, if they could have Vera (aka Vinegar Tits) guest star as a guard on Oz. She'd straighten that place up in short order! Somebody please bring this back to American TV!!


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