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 ...
Sheila Florance ...
Maggie Kirkpatrick ...
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Patsy King ...
 Erica Davidson 354 episodes, 1979-1985
Gerda Nicolson ...
 Ann Reynolds / ... 319 episodes, 1981-1986
Colette Mann ...
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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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Crime | Drama

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8 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Caged Women  »

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The last day of taping on the whole series was Friday 5th September 1986, with a wrap party held for the crew and crew in Studio B, home of the show from day one. The final episode went out in its Melbourne home territory at 8.30pm on Thursday 11th December 1986 (in Sydney it didn't air until Monday 28th September 1987). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.
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Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 8 September 2015 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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