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

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
...  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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Elspeth Ballantyne (Meg Morris) is the only lead actress to be in the show throughout its entire run. Extras Barbara Jungwirth (Lorna Young) and Hazel Henley (Tina Murray) also lasted the course. See more »

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When she first enters the series Governor Ann Reynolds makes several references to her daughter Julie. The character eventually appears in episode 540 but has been renamed Pippa. This was presumably to avoid the fact that by this point there was already a Julie (Egbert) in the current cast. See more »

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[first lines]
Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.
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Featured in Birds of a Feather: Cheers (1997) 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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Better Than "Oz"
19 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is certainly the best prison show ever, and probably the best soap opera/melodrama ever, too. It's humor and lack of pretension make it 100 times better than "Oz" will ever be. Of course, setting it in a women's prison gave the creators a lot more freedom in dealing with characters. We have fewer preconceptions so they couldn't rely on stereotypes like they do on "Oz". It would be neat, in a way, if they could have Vera (aka Vinegar Tits) guest star as a guard on Oz. She'd straighten that place up in short order! Somebody please bring this back to American TV!!


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