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Prisoner (original title)
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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 ...  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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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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Late Actress Shelia Florance admitted she left the series so she could take care of her then husband who was extremely ill at the time and she was married to him for over 30 years. She explained playing Liz had taken a toll on her and her story had been told. See more »

Goofs

In Episode 400, Joan states she has been working in the service for 10 years. In later episodes she says 20 years and then 25. 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 Neighbours: Episode #1.4319 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Inside
(Prisoner theme)
Written by Allan Caswell
Conducted by William Motzing
Performed by Lynne Hamilton
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Prisoner scared me as a kid, but now I'm addicted to it..
21 August 2008 | by ashleywincerSee all my reviews

I must admit, Prisoner scared me as a kid when it was on Channel 10 at 8:30pm. I watch it now, and it's quite funny to watch.

I am very thankful that ALL 692 episodes have been put on DVD. So far I am up to episode 320 and I'm loving it. Sets that shake when a character gets roughed up against the brick walls of Wentworth. It is just classic. Locks on security doors that probably don't work, but characters spend time making noise with the keys.

Lovable characters, such as Bea Smith, Old Lizzie, Sandy Edwards, Meg Jackson/Morrison, Vera Bennett, Steve Falkner, Smart, Jim Fletcher, and many many others.

Based on what I have seen so far, Vera Bennett and The Freak Furgesson would not have played well together. They really are two very different types of characters who would have clashed at all levels. Vera may have been hard towards the prisoners, but she was brutally honest. As for the Freak, as the most bent officer so far, she causes a lot of the problems faced by Wentworth. Vera would not have stood for it.

It is good to see the camera work and lighting has improved over the years, in some scenes the lighting is actually quite bad. Sometimes it is actually hard to see what is going on in the dark scenes.

From time to time some of the same actors re-appear as different characters, but thats a soap opera for you.

If you have not had a chance to watch Prisoner yet, give it a shot. As badly made as it is, it is also addictive to watch. I plan on watching all episodes of Prisoner. I recommend you give it a shot too.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

8 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caged Women See more »

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(692 episodes)

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