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)
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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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8 August 1979 (USA)  »

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A sitcom spin-off involving the character of Sandra 'Pixie' Mason (Judy McBurney) was once proposed by the show's writers but Grundys never entertained the idea. See more »

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Throughout the series, the walls and gates wobble when there is alot of movement. See more »

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[first lines]
Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.
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Referenced in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001) 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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Brilliant, Absolutely Brilliant!!
22 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Excellent, gripping, funny and over the top. Inside the gates of Wentworth Detention Centre are housed the most dangerous criminals in H Block. From the camp style of true English upper class snobbery of Erica Davidson, who is Govenor, to the evil, sadistic, cruel ways of the "Freak" Joan Ferguson.

From episode one the main story line has you gripped, and through out all 692 episodes you will be a fanatic. Riots, fires, murders, LSD trips, bashings - everything you could ask for in a prison drama and more.

Well worth renting or buying, you will NOT be sorry! 12 out of 10! A+++


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