Prisoner: Cell Block H

Season 8 Episode 104

Episode 692

Aired Unknown Dec 11, 1986 on Network Ten



  • Trivia

    • When Joan washes her hands at the finance company, a cameraman is visible in the mirror.i often spotted the tip of a huge mic showing

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  • Notes

    • First shown in the UK by Central Television on Monday 16 December 1991 at 22:40. This concluded the only full run of the series on ITV Central.

    • Shown on Thursday 9 February 1995 at 23:10 in the Granada Television and Border Television regions in the UK. ITV Granada conducted a live phone call to Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan) before airing the episode. Border however had to miss 72 episodes (episodes 447-548) in November 1993 to catch up to Granada.

    • Grampian Television in the UK reached this episode on Monday 11 March 1996 at 23:35, leaving ITV's most northerly region without Prisoner until its rerun on Five.

    • Welsh and Western England ITV contractor HTV screened the final episode on Thursday 25 April 1996 at 23:40.

    • Eastern England ITV contractor Anglia Television screened the final episode on Tuesday 21 May 1996 at 23:40.

    • Tuesday 19 November 1996 at 23:40 was the date and time for the final episode screening by ITV's Scottish Television.

    • The final episode is screened by joint ITV contractors Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television on Monday 7 April 1997 at 23:10, within days of the start of the rerun on Five. In January 1993 Tyne Tees had to miss episodes 293 and 294 however to catch up to Yorkshire.

    • Westcountry Television screened the final episode on Thursday 30 October 1997 at 23:45. Westcountry superseded TSW as the ITV contractor for south-west England on 1 January 1993 and continued the run from where TSW had reached.

    • ITV regions Ulster Television, London region Carlton Television (formerly Thames), southern region Meridian Broadcasting (formerly TVS) and Channel Television (who followed Meridian) never completed the series.
      Ulster stopped at episode 562 on Monday 15 December 1997.
      Carlton stopped at episode 598 on Thursday 20 August 1998.
      Meridian and Channel stopped at episode 586 on Monday 12 July 1999.

    • Shown for the second time at the end of the repeat run in Sweden on TV4 on 27th October 2004.

    • Originally aired Thursday 11 December 1986 at 20:30 on ATV Channel 10 Melbourne in Australia. Aired on Channel 5 (UK) in a double-bill with episode 691 in the early hours of Sunday 11 February 2001 at 04:40. Joan finally gets her comeuppance in the final episode of Prisoner. After so long we were expecting something outstanding from the final episode. What we get is merely another great episode rather than an exceptional one. Most of the regulars get very little to do in this last installment, aside from Joan, Rita and Ann. But maybe that's the point - Joan became the central figure round which the show pivoted for so long it would have been unthinkable not to have her at the centre of the show's final episode. Just wanted to say, that scene in the Laundry where the women are all crying about Rita being dead and Merle tells Lurch "she's with Gentle Jesus now" makes me blub like a big girl. That's Ian Smith, aka Ted Douglas and the writer of this episode, doing a Hitchcock in a non-speaking cameo as the cop who hustles Joan into the police car.

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