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Prisoner: Cell Block H 

Prisoner (original title)
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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 ...  Judy Bryant 430 episodes, 1980-1985
Sheila Florance ...  Lizzie Birdsworth 405 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 / ... 295 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(692 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The series is well known for the 'Prisoner' curse. As many of the shows actors were unable to find other acting roles after they finished up on the series. Philip Hyde who played Rodney took on one more acting role before retiring from acting. Many other actors died at young ages and many others refused to go events the show had arranged. Many never spoke to their Prisoner colleagues again and many returned to theatre. See more »

Goofs

During some scenes where a prisoner is speaking with a legal representative an officer is present, this is fixed in the later seasons as a prisoner has the right to see their lawyer alone. See more »

Quotes

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

In the version shown by Channel 5 in the UK, episode 601, there was a cut of around 20 seconds when Wendy is threatening the women. She says, "Same goes for the rest of you scabs. Lou wasn't too rapt when she heard you broke the strike so I hear [from here onward, it was cut] (to Nancy) Oh what are you looking so scared about? You're name on the list is it? Eh? I wouldn't bet my boots on big chief Moron doing anything to help yous lot. He's too full of himself to worry about you lot. You should have known what side your bread was buttered on girls! Oh don't tell me [this is where the cut ended] Bird Brain's got something to say!" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Are You Being Served? Again!: The Court Case (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Inside
(Prisoner theme)
Written by Allan Caswell
Conducted by William Motzing
Performed by Lynne Hamilton
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User Reviews

 
Best cult soap opera ever!!!!!
7 September 2017 | by matty-aquarius54See all my reviews

I first came across Prisoner on TV and i watched the first 2 episodes and i was hooked from there. I went online and started ordering the DVDs of the whole series and since acquiring the complete series on DVD i have watched the complete series. Well let me tell you "wow" what a great show, never a dull moment and action packed with great story lines.

I can't recommend this show enough, if you haven't seen it and you are interested, watch it you won't be disappointed I promise you. Its one of the best Australian television shows ever.

Watch it 5 stars


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