Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979–1986)

TV Series   |    |  Crime, Drama

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The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.


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7 September 2017 | matty-aquarius54
| Best cult soap opera ever!!!!!
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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A 1984 storyline featuring Vivean Gray as Edna Pearson, a (possible, though seemingly genuinely guilty) poisoner, was heavily cut to the point of non-existence in both Australian and overseas airings following its initial Melbourne transmission. This was because Grundys were threatened with legal action by Emily Perry, an Australian woman who had been similarly - and recently - imprisoned in reality, to much press coverage. Mrs Perry (the alleged "black widow" of Adelaide) had been variously accused of attempting to poison her third husband Kenneth - who fervently supported her denials, as did Edna's spouse Harry Pearson - after her first and second (de facto) husbands, plus her brother, died in suspicious circumstances in keeping with systematic arsenical poisoning. She served just 287 days in custody after being convicted and sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment, when her conviction was quashed. The Pearson storyline was finally broadcast uncut in Malta in March 2000, and released (almost) uncut on DVD in the United Kingdom in 2010. In the fictional storylines' conclusion it is said that Harry and Edna, following his assistance in the quashing of her conviction, are separating due to "irreconcilable differences". To her death in 2012 (whilst still married to Kenneth), many of the police-force involved in her arrest still remained utterly convinced of Emily Perry's guilt.


Franky Doyle: She bumped into me.


Throughout the series, the walls and gates wobble when there is alot of movement.

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!"


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(Prisoner theme)
Written by
Allan Caswell
Conducted by William Motzing
Performed by Lynne Hamilton


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Crime | Drama

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