The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.
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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

In an interview Maggie Kirkpatrick admitted that when she started the show she had very little experience in front of the camera and was unsure of what she should do when her character did not have lines in a scene. She ended up doing what she had done in theatre, which was to stand still, so that she did not steal focus from the other actors on stage. Viewers felt her characters stillness was creepy and added to her reputation as "The Freak". In later seasons, when Kirkpatrick was more comfortable with acting onscreen, she said she got told off by directors if she did too much in a scene, as it undermined her creepiness. 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

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Soundtracks

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 fredneitzscheSee 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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