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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Val Lehman owns Prisoner (1979) Box Set #1 - the very first of the limited edition DVD run. She has mentioned in an interview that she hasn't watched them as yet, but may auction them. 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 Birds of a Feather: Okey-Cokey-Karaoke (1992) 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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Best TV-series ever!
17 April 2000 | by (Motala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is the best series ever shown on television. It has it all! Laughs, nerves, drama and heart. It´s not at all like any other soap-opera. One thing I like about the show is that it´s about the weak in society. Women in prison, what group can possibly be lower on the scale? And this series is totally on their side! Everything about this series is great! See it!


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