The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.
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Complete series cast summary:
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)
 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)


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.


Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

8 August 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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The show also spawned stage productions including 1981's revue "Prisoner in Concert" (taped at HM Prison Pentridge); a 1989 UK-based stage drama which starred Patsy King, Elspeth Ballantyne and Glenda Linscott; a 1989 UK-based stage drama which starred Fiona Spence, Jane Clifton and Jacqui Gordon; and 1995 & 1997 UK-based stage musicals which starred Paul O'Grady as Lily Savage and Maggie Kirkpatrick. See more »


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[first lines]
Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.
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Referenced in Children's Ward: Episode #2.3 (1990) See more »


On the Inside
(Prisoner theme)
Written by Allan Caswell
Conducted by William Motzing
Performed by Lynne Hamilton
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Ahhhhh Nostalgia, Prisoner was great fun!!!!
3 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Prisoner Cell Block H was a mainstay on T.V here in the U.K, back in the 80's/early 90's it was shown every week, it was great fun, it had everything, great characters (good and bad), brilliant story lines and it was very addictive, it was truly great, lots of the actors have since appeared in programmes like Home and Away and Neighbours.

In this day and age we have a prison drama series called "Bad girls", it try's to be like Prisoner in many ways, but there will only ever be one "Prisoner Cell Block H", this was a classic and i will never forget it.

If you're a younger person and are a fan of prison drama's or generally great T.V programmes then i urge you to seek out the awesome Prisoner Cell Block H, you will soon become addicted.

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