Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979–1986)
"Prisoner" (original title)

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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)
Val Lehman ...
 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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The character of Bev "The Beast" Baker (played by Maggie Dence) was originally created as a long-term addition to the cast. However, the writers soon realized that the character of Bev, a serial killer, was too disturbing for the program and wrote her out after only six episodes. 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 Birds of a Feather: Jobs for the Girls (1990) 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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Daring for its time
28 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This ran over here in America at 11:30 at night on a local station. There was a lot of controversy about it at first. The plots dealing with lesbians, beatings, murder, rape etc. etc. were pretty strong for TV back then. But it never really caught on...here in Boston at least. It ran for a few months almost uncut (some words were bleeped out) and then was cancelled due to low ratings.

I was in college when it played here and it was great! After a long night of studying it was kind of fun to relax and watch this somewhat campy prison soap. The acting was pretty bad and the story lines were more than a little unbelievable but it was a lot of fun to watch. Also it moved much quicker than your typical afternoon soap. So it was a fun and daring soap for its time. I'm not sure if it would hold up today. Shows like "Oz" have gone a lot farther than this could.


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