The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Elspeth Ballantyne Elspeth Ballantyne ...  Meg Morris / ... 669 episodes, 1979-1986
Betty Bobbitt Betty Bobbitt ...  Judy Bryant 430 episodes, 1980-1985
Sheila Florance ...  Lizzie Birdsworth 404 episodes, 1979-1985
Maggie Kirkpatrick Maggie Kirkpatrick ...  Joan "The Freak" Ferguson / ... 389 episodes, 1982-1986
Val Lehman ...  Bea Smith 376 episodes, 1979-1983
Patsy King Patsy King ...  Erica Davidson 354 episodes, 1979-1985
Gerda Nicolson Gerda Nicolson ...  Ann Reynolds / ... 319 episodes, 1981-1986
Colette Mann Colette Mann ...  Doreen Burns / ... 294 episodes, 1979-1985
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged Women See more »

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Runtime:

(692 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Across episodes 309-313 Judy Bryant goes to Sydney (off-screen) to visit Sandy Willson at Guthrie House. This is a reference to the show's unofficial prison advisor: aged 20, Sandra Willson murdered taxi driver Rodney Woodgate and consequently served 18 years between 1959-77, becoming the longest serving female prisoner in New South Wales. On her release from Mulawa Women's Detention Centre she established Guthrie House, the first Australian halfway house for female parolees. Series creator Reg Watson said he thought more of Sandra's opinions than anyone else's. She met Betty Bobbitt in reality (Judy's openly gay character being heavily based on her) and died in 1999. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

Referenced in Hale and Pace: Episode #3.4 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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 mrviolenceSee 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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