Prisoner: Cell Block H

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  • S 8 : Ep 104

    Episode 692

    Aired 12/11/86

  • S 8 : Ep 103

    Episode 691

    Aired 12/9/86

  • S 8 : Ep 102

    Episode 690

    Aired 12/4/86

  • S 8 : Ep 101

    Episode 689

    Aired 12/2/86

  • S 8 : Ep 100

    Episode 688

    Aired 11/27/86

  • Cast & Crew
  • Peter Adams

    Governor / Officer Bob Moran (Eps 595-620)

  • Andy Anderson

    Officer Rick Manning (Eps 421-458)

  • Sigrid Thornton

    Roslyn Coulson (Eps 63-92)

  • Kerry Armstrong

    Lynn Warner (Eps 1-44)

  • Louise Siversen

    Lou Kelly (Eps 487-616, recurring previously)

  • show Description
  • Prisoner (Prisoner: Cell Block H in the United Kingdom) is a long running Australian soap about the inmates at the fictional women's prison Wentworth Detention Centre. The show ran from 1979 to 1986, with 692 episodes being made in total.

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  • Quotes (7)

    • Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.

    • Wayne: (During Karen's flashback) I don't care what the bloody priest said! I tell you what to do Karen, nobody else. Now you listen to me bitch! You just get rid of that THING, JUST GET RID OF IT!

    • Lizzie: Beauty bottler!

    • Lizzie : [after just changing the points book] Guess who just did what in the staff room. Chrissie: I dunno Lizzie, but it sounds unhygienic to me.

    • "I've read exactly two books in my life, screw, and both of them were porn!" Brandy to Meg.

    • BARBIE: Naughty Naughty! JOAN: Naughty, naughty Miss Ferguson! Cracks me up every time i hear this one!

    • Rita Connors: I’m gonna be the oldest biker in the world Lurch, the oldest biker in the world!

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    Notes (786)

    • Original Australian Transmission: Tuesday 27 February 1979 20:30 ATV-0 Melbourne (Aired in a double bill with episode 2)

      Original UK regional ITV transmissions
      YTV Monday 8 October 1984 23:00 Initially YTV screened the show once a week on Monday nights (see notes)
      TVS Friday 11 October 1985 22:30 Initially TVS screened the show once a week on Friday nights
      TSW Thursday 15 January 1987 23:05 Initially TSW screened the show once a week on Thursday nights
      Central Saturday 25 April 1987 22:45 Initially Central screened the show three times a week on Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights
      Thames Friday 19 June 1987 00:30 (Thursday night) Initially Thames screened the show once a week on Thursday nights
      Scottish Monday 19 October 1987 23:30 Initially Scottish screened the show once a week on Monday nights
      Anglia Wednesday 6 January 1988 00:30 (Tuesday night) Initially Anglia screened the show twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday nights
      Granada Sunday 14 February 1988 23:30 Initially Granada screened the show twice a week on Sunday and Monday nights
      Tyne Tees Thursday 7 April 1988 22:35 Initially Tyne Tees screened the show once a week on Thursday nights
      Border Friday 10 June 1988 23:35 Initially Border screened the show once a week on Friday nights
      HTV Monday 22 August 1988 23:40 Initially HTV screened the show twice a week on Monday and Tuesday nights
      Grampian Sunday 11 September 1988 23:30 Initially Grampian screened the show twice a week on Sunday and Monday nights
      Ulster Sunday 22 October 1989 23:35 Initially Ulster screened the show once a week on Sunday nights
      Channel Not screened Channel did not start screening the series until episode 10 (see notes for episode 10)

      Central (repeat) Monday 8 February 1993 00:20 (Sunday night) Repeated in a double bill with episode 2. Central began a repeat run in February 1993. They repeated the first 95 episodes at the rate of one episode a week on Sunday nights until January 1995.

      Channel 5 (UK) airdate: Tuesday 1 April 1997 04:40

    • The first episode aired in the UK on ITV station Yorkshire Television (YTV) on Monday 8 October 1984 at 23:00. YTV were originally intending to give the series it's first ever UK screening on Friday 27 July 1984 at 23:30.

    • The first set of opening credits features Karen Travers, Lynn Warner and Bea Smith.

    • Apart form it's enormous poularity in the UK, the show also enjoyed success on the TV4 Swedish network which commenced the first episode on Tuesday 6th September 1994, under the title Kvinnofängelset (The Women's Prison). The series would be shown around 1am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights throughout most of the year, taking time off during the summer. TV4 started a repeat run of the show in October 2000. The second run ended in late 2004.

    • The regulation Prisoner's uniform appears to be: a yellow or green shirt with either denim dungarees or a denim dress.

    • Prisoner finally got its first ever UK network screening with the launch of the new Channel 5 on Easter Sunday 1997. The first episode aired at 4.40am that week, in the early hours of Tuesday 1 April. The series kept the same 4.40am slot until the end of June 1997.

    • Original Australian transmission: Tuesday 27 February 1979 21:30 ATV-0 Melbourne (Aired in a double bill with episode 1)

      Original UK regional ITV transmissions
      YTV Monday 15 October 1984 23:00
      TVS Friday 18 October 1985 22:30
      TSW Thursday 22 January 1987 23:05
      Central Sunday 26 April 1987 23:15
      Thames Friday 26 June 1987 00:00 (Thursday night)
      Scottish Monday 26 October 1987 23:30 Back in 2 weeks
      Anglia Friday 8 January 1988 00:15 (Thursday night)
      Granada Monday 15 February 1988 23:05
      Tyne Tees Thursday 14 April 1988 22:35
      Border Friday 17 June 1988 23:35
      HTV Tuesday 23 August 1988 23:35
      Grampian Monday 12 September 1988 23:05
      Ulster Sunday 29 October 1989 23:35
      Channel Not screened

      Central (repeat) Monday 8 February 1993 01:15 (Sunday night) Repeated in a double bill with episode 1.

      Channel 5 (UK) airdate: Wednesday 2 April 1997 04:40

    • Don Barker is listed as part of the regular cast in the closing credits (third after Kerry Armstrong and Elspeth Ballantyne).

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    Trivia (13)

    • Though uncredited in this episode, the receptionist was played by Reylene Pearce, who was to later star on the show as Phyllis Hunt.

    • YTV screened this episode on Monday 23 November 1987. This would be the last episode that YTV were the first ITV region to screen. On Saturday 28 November Central screened this episode and drew level with YTV.

    • Central screened this episode on Sunday 29 November 1987 and overtook YTV. YTV screened this episode the following night. YTV had been screening the series for three years, Central only for seven months. From this episode until the end Central were the first ITV region to show all the episodes.

    • The closing credits played over the scene of Lizzie setting fire to Sid's house.

    • Brian James, who guests here as Dr Kennedy, later plays officer Stan Dobson.

    • Last appearance of Mrs Beamish

    • Original Australian transmission: Wednesday 29 September 1982 20:30 ATV-10 Melbourne

      Original UK regional ITV transmissions
      Central Sunday 21 May 1989 23:15
      Anglia Thursday 2 May 1991 23:50
      Granada Monday 3 June 1991 00:00 (Sunday night) No episode Monday 27 May due to Bank Holiday
      HTV Wednesday 18 December 1991 00:30 (Tuesday night)
      Border Monday 2 March 1992 00:05 (Sunday night)
      Thames Tuesday 7 July 1992 23:40
      YTV/Tyne Tees Monday 22 March 1993 23:10
      Meridian/Channel Thursday 17 June 1993 23:20
      Westcountry Thursday 7 October 1993 23:10

      Channel 5 (UK) airdate: Wednesday 15 July 1998 04:40

    • Reylene Pearce does not appear in this episode.

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    Allusions (1)

    • In view of Sheila Florance's filmography, Lizzie's nickname for the new prisoner is amusing: she calles her "Mad Maxine"

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • hello :)

    By simonmmacbeth, Oct 24, 2013

  • Women in prison....

    By iamthelexx, Jun 27, 2007

  • One for the history books.

    By CellBlocknutter, Apr 07, 2008

  • This show was the best. Qween Bea was the best top dog Wentworth had ever seen.Seris finale was great but thought could have been more dramatic with the women managing to get to the freak in solitary.

    By peachey1601, Feb 17, 2007

  • Loved it!

    By loverob, Mar 18, 2006

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