Prisoner (TV series)
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|Also known as||Prisoner: Cell Block H |
(UK and N.America)
(The Women's Prison) (Sweden)
(Cellblock H) (Netherlands)
|Genre||Soap opera serial |
|Created by||Reg Watson|
|Directed by||Chris Adshead|
(and others)[nb 1]
(see List of Prisoner cast members)
|Theme music composer||Allan Caswell|
Conductor – William Motzing
|Ending theme||"On the Inside"|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||8|
|No. of episodes||692 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer||Ian Bradley (from season 2)|
|Producer||Ian Bradley (season 1)|
|Camera setup||Video multi-camera (studio-based scenes)|
Film (on-location and external scenes)
|Running time||41–49 minutes |
53 minutes (final episode)
|Production company||Reg Grundy Organisation|
|Original network||Network Ten|
|Picture format||PAL (4:3 576i)|
|Original release||27 February 1979 –|
11 December 1986
Prisoner (known in the UK and North America as Prisoner: Cell Block H) is an Australian television soap opera, created by Reg Watson, which broadcast on Network Ten from February 1979 to December 1986, lasting eight seasons and 692 episodes.
The series was produced by the Grundy Organisation and was filmed at the then Network Ten Melbourne Studios at Nunawading and on location. It was the first series in Australia to gain an international cult following, particularly in the United States and Canada (as Prisoner: Cell Block H). It also built a large audience in Europe - especially the United Kingdom and Sweden. Sammy Davis Jr., was a major fan and visited the set.
The series was so popular in the United States, in Los Angeles, it was the second-highest-rated show after Charlies Angels and was the second-highest rating programme at KTLA-5 amongst 65 primetime programmes transmitted through 11 Los Angeles based stations on Wednesday evenings at 8.30 pm. By 1980 it had been in syndication in eight major US cities, including New York, where it rated higher than late-night staple The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson and reruns of legendary series MASH, it paved the way for other popular Australian produced shows including miniseries Against the Wind and The Sullivans to be sold to overseas markets
At the time the 0–10 network did not have a cult drama series and were looking for a serial with controversial subject matter and also wanted to establish a show based primarily among a female cast as 1979 was The Year of the Woman. Another spin-off however would be a male counterpart version called Punishment and starring Mel Gibson, although it was not successful.
Ian Bradley served as original producer and then executive producer, from series 2, Whilst Associate producer and screenwriter was Ian Smith, who appeared as an actor in the series as Head of the Department Ted Douglas, prior to becoming famous as the character Harold Bishop in Neighbours, another screenwriter Anne Lucas also acted in the series as Faye Quinn.
The series is loosely based on British prison drama series Within These Walls, although it focuses more on the prisoners or inmates, rather than the prison staff led by officious governor Faye Boswell, played by Googie Withers, who was even approached by producers of Prisoner to play the governor
It follows the lives of the prisoners and staff of the fictional high-security wing of a women's prison, called "H Block" within "The Wentworth Detention Centre", which was set in a fictional suburb called "Wentworth" in Melbourne, Victoria, numerous scenes also took place outside the compound exploring the lives of the inmates and staff outside of the centre, and in particular "Driscoll House", a half-way house where inmates were housed after being released, or neighbouring correction institutions like "Barnhurst" and "Blackmoor".
The series gained a positive reception. Initially conceived as a stand-alone miniseries of 16 episodes, its popularity meant it was developed into an ongoing series. It has since endured worldwide, acquiring cult classic status, particularly for its somewhat outrageous acting and plotlines. Its cultural impact has inspired several contemporary adaptations, including the equally-successful series Wentworth.
Creation and production
Prisoner was created by Reg Watson, who had produced the British soap opera Crossroads from 1964 to 1973 and would create Australian soaps The Young Doctors, Sons and Daughters and Neighbours. Inspired by the British television drama Within These Walls, the show was initially conceived as a 16-episode series, with a pilot episode bearing the working title "Women Behind Bars".[nb 2] Its storylines focused on the lives of the prisoners and, to a lesser extent, the officers and other prison staff. When the initial episodes met an enthusiastic reception, it was felt that Prisoner could be developed into an ongoing soap opera. The early storylines were developed and expanded, with assistance from the Corrective Services Department.
The show's themes, often radical, included feminism, homosexuality and social reform. Prisoner began in early 1979 with the advertising slogan, "If you think prison is hell for a man, imagine what it's like for a woman". The series examined how women dealt with incarceration and separation from their families, and the common phenomenon of released inmates re-offending. Within the prison, major themes were interpersonal relationships, power struggles, friendships and rivalries. The prisoners became a surrogate family, with self-styled "Queen Bea", Bea Smith and the elderly "Mum" (Jeanette) Brooks emerging as central matriarch figures. Several lesbian characters were introduced on the show, including prisoners Franky Doyle (played by Carol Burns) and Judy Bryant (played by Betty Bobbitt), as well as corrupt and sinister officer Joan Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick).
Characters and story exposition were often 'retconned' in order to expand potential storylines. Initially there was a men's prison "next door" to Wentworth, but it was never mentioned again after the early episodes. Barnhurst was originally a co-ed prison, soon becoming a women's facility. Its security status varied considerably with it being described as an 'open prison farm' by the end of the run; although it was often described as "low-security", serial murderers Bea Smith and Marie Winter were housed there for long periods. Although Blackmoor Prison was initially described as a brand new, state-of-the-art maximum-security prison, it was depicted as a Victorian-era workhouse when finally seen. Wentworth was variously described as either new or built during World War II, with aged infrastructure.
During the show's run, several recurring characters were played by multiple actresses and actors. Meg Morris' son and stepdaughter, Marty Jackson and Tracey Morris, were each played by multiple different actors – Ronald Korosy, Andrew McKaige & Michael Winchester as Marty, and Sue Devine & Michelle Thomas as Tracey. In the closing year, Nicki Paull's character Lisa Mullins was taken over by Terrie Waddell.
Viewers' introduction to the Wentworth Detention Centre featured the arrival of two new prisoners, Karen Travers (Peta Toppano)[nb 3] and Lynn Warner (Kerry Armstrong). Travers was charged with murdering her husband in a crime of passion after he was found in-bed with another woman (her flashback featured a shower scene that was a nod to Alfred Hitchcock's classic Psycho), whilst Warner insisted she was innocent despite her conviction for the abduction and attempted murder of a child. Both women were sent to the prison's maximum-security wing (H Block), where they were horrified by their new surroundings. Karen, was confronted with a former lover— in prison doctor Greg Miller (Barry Quin)— and was sexually harassed by violent lesbian cellmate Franky Doyle. Lynn was ostracised by the other prisoners because of her crime (prisoners are known for their intolerance of offenders against children) and terrorised by Bea Smith who burnt her hand in the laundry's steam press in one of the series' most iconic early scenes.
Other, less volatile prisoners included elderly, garden-loving Jeanette "Mum" Brooks who was incarcerated for the euthanasia of her husband who had terminal cancer, teddy-clutching misfit and childlike Doreen Anderson (Colette Mann), alcoholic former cook recidivist Lizzie Birdsworth (Sheila Florance), who apparently poisoned a group of shearers and seductive prostitute Gladys "Marilyn" Mason (Margaret Laurence), who seduced prison electrician Eddie Cook (Richard Moir). The prison officers (or "screws", as the prisoners call them) included firm-but-fair well-heeled governor Erica Davidson (Patsy King); dour deputy governor Vera Bennett (Fiona Spence), who was always wanting to become Governor and was nicknamed by Franky "Vinegar Tits"; and firm but compassionate senior officer Meg Jackson (later Morris) (Elspeth Ballantyne).
Early episodes featured a high level of violence: Lynn Warner's press burning; a prisoner hanging herself in her cell; a fatal stabbing, and a flashback sequence inspired by which Karen Travers stabbed her abusive husband to death in the shower. The series' first major story arc was the turf war between Bea and Franky, in a bid to become the prison's "Top Dog" (unofficial leader), culminating by Episode 3 in a riot where Meg was held hostage and her husband—prison social worker Bill Jackson (Don Barker)—was stabbed to death by inmate Chrissie Latham (Amanda Muggleton).
Prisoner premiered in Australia on 27 February 1979.[nb 4] Its success prompted the producers to extend the series, first from 16 to 20 episodes and then indefinitely. The production schedule increased from one to two-hour-long episodes per week; Carol Burns left the show after 20 episodes, feeling that she could not continue playing Franky Doyle with the tighter schedule. Her storyline sees her as an escapee from Wentworth with fellow inmate Doreen Anderson, and after being on the run for three weeks, she is shot dead by an officer
New story arcs were introduced. Karen Travers appealed against her sentence and was eventually released, allowing her to resume her relationship with Greg Miller and becoming involved in prison reform. As original characters began leaving the series (Mum Brooks, Lynn Warner, Karen and Greg appeared beyond the initial sixteen episodes, but most had left by the end of the 1979 season; Greg left in early 1980), new characters arrived: hulking husband-beater Monica Ferguson (Lesley Baker), career criminal Noeline Bourke (Jude Kuring), troubled murdereress Roslyn Coulson (Sigrid Thornton) and imprisoned mother Pat O'Connell (Monica Maughan), in addition to shorter-term inmates with brief storylines. Prostitute Chrissie Latham, a minor character in the early episodes, returned in a more central antagonistic role and a male deputy governor, Jim Fletcher (Gerard Maguire), joined the female-dominated cast.
Ratings had been declining for some time, and when they continued to fall in 1986, Network Ten decided in July not to renew the series. Production ended on 5 September, and the final episode aired in Melbourne on 11 December 1986.[nb 5] The producers had several weeks' notice that the series was ending, enabling them to construct strong concluding storylines (including the ultimate defeat of Joan "the Freak" Ferguson). Prisoner's final episodes dealt with the redemption of the misunderstood Kath Maxwell and concluded the ongoing dynamic between Rita Connors (played by Glenda Linscott) and Joan Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick)
Days and times listed are for ATV-10 in Melbourne; days and times may vary in other regions of Australia.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||79||27 February 1979||28 November 1979|
|2||86||22 January 1980||12 November 1980|
|3||81||4 February 1981||11 November 1981|
|4||80||9 February 1982||9 November 1982|
|5||90||1 February 1983||3 November 1983|
|6||89||17 January 1984||8 November 1984|
|7||83||24 January 1985||5 November 1985|
|8||104||9 January 1986||11 December 1986|
Spin-offs, remakes and specials
Willow B: Women in Prison
A pilot for an unproduced American version of Prisoner was produced by Lorimar in 1980, entitled Willow B: Women in Prison. The cast included Ruth Roman, Virginia Capers, Carol Lynley, and Sally Kirkland. The pilot aired on ABC-TV on 29 June 1980.
In March 2012, it was announced that Foxtel would produce a contemporary "re-imagining" of Prisoner, Wentworth, set in modern-day Australia. Wentworth recounts the rise of Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) from her arrival at Wentworth as a remand prisoner to "top dog". The series is filmed at a new, purpose-built prison set in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton.
Wentworth features contemporary versions of vintage characters along with new characters. Characters and cast members include Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack), crime matriarch Jacs Holt (Kris McQuade), Liz Birdsworth (Celia Ireland), Doreen Anderson (Shareena Clanton), Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva), Sue "Boomer" Jenkins (Katrina Milosevic), social worker Erica Davidson (Leeanna Walsman), officer Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva), officer Matthew Fletcher (Aaron Jeffery), deputy governor Vera Bennett (Kate Atkinson), and governor Meg Jackson (Catherine McClements), as well as Linda Miles (Jacquie Brennan), Joan Ferguson (Pamela Rabe), Sean Brody (Rick Donald), Greg Miller (David de Lautour), Marie Winter (Susie Porter), Rita Connors (Leah Purcell).
None of the original cast was initially scheduled to return for the first series, but on 29 November 2012 it was confirmed that Anne Charleston (who appeared in the original series) would make a guest appearance, as well as Sigrid Thornton who was in the original series as Ros Coulson, Thornton would play Sonia Stevens. Wentworth premiered in Australia on Foxtel's SoHo channel on 1 May 2013. As of 2018, the series was still in production, with a sixth season premiering on 19 June 2018, while a seventh season had been announced and due to air in 2019. Season 7 aired in May 2019. While Wentworth was confirmed for a 2021 ending, it won't surpass Prisoner in episodes, but will surpass the show in years on air.
In 1980 Saturday Night Live aired a parody of the series, "Debs Behind Bars". In the sketch, the inmates (including guest host Teri Garr) are spoiled debutantes who complain about "icky" living conditions in prison. During the early 1990s, Seven Network's comedy sketch program Fast Forward parodied Prisoner; Gina Riley (Bea Smith), Jane Turner (Lizzie Birdsworth), Magda Szubanski (Doreen) and Marg Downey as officer (Joan Ferguson) gave scenes from the series a comedic twist.
In 1991, Prisoner was reprised for the American market as Dangerous Women. The US version borrowed heavily from the Australian original for characters and was created and written by Reg Watson, who had also created the original Australian series. In Dangerous Women, the emphasis was outside the prison, focusing on prisoner relationships in a halfway house. It is remembered now mainly for the early appearance of actor Casper Van Dien in the role of Brad Morris. In 1997, Prisoner was revised in a German-language version, Hinter Gittern – Der Frauenknast (Behind Bars). The series ran from 1997 to 2007 for 16 series and 403 episodes.
There have been several tie-in books and video and DVD releases. Prisoner's theme song ("On the Inside", sung by Lynne Hamilton) reached number one in Australia in 1979 and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart in 1989. "On the Inside" was re-released as a digital download and CD single in March 2012. The song was featured as a B-side on punkabilly group The Living End's EP, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society.
In 1980 the Prisoner cast, led by Equity representative Val Lehman (Bea Smith), went on strike due to the content of tie-in paperback novels published by Pinnacle Books in the United States: soft-core pornography at odds with the series. Six books were published: Prisoner: Cell Block H, The Franky Doyle Story, The Karen Travers Story, The Frustrations of Vera, The Reign of Queen Bea and The Trials of Erica.
Two behind-the-scenes books were published in the UK during the early 1990s. Prisoner: Cell Block H – Behind the Scenes was written by Terry Bourke and published by Angus & Robertson Publishers, who published similar books about Neighbours and Home and Away. Bourke documents the show's genesis and development, and the book has many stills and character profiles. Hilary Kingsley's Prisoner Cell Block H – The Inside Story emphasises plot and characters.
A limited-edition book, The Inside Story, was published in 2007 as part of the full-series DVD release in Australia. Written by TV journalists Andrew Mercado and Michael Idato, the commemorative book has the series' background, year-by-year storylines, character details and quotes by cast and crew. It was available as part of The Complete Collection DVD set.
In 2011, Betty Bobbitt self-published From The Outside, her memoirs of her career which included playing the role of Judy Bryant on Prisoner.
The complete series of Prisoner is available on DVD format in both Australia and the United Kingdom. On Region 4 in Australia, distribution company Shock Records released the series over forty volumes, and a complete collection, comprising these volumes; the UK editions, from FremantleMedia, made the series available over twenty volumes (doubling-up on the Australian sets). In 2016, ViaVision acquired the rights to re-release the series in Australia and made the decision to release the series in their original season formats. See above for a full listing of VHS and DVD sets available. The following is an overview of Prisoner releases in their seasons formats.
|DVD title||Episodes||Discs||Release date||Runtime
|The Complete Season One||79||20||2 November 2016||3555||M|
|The Complete Season Two||86||21||11 January 2017||3949||M|
|The Complete Season Three||81||21||8 February 2017||3596||M|
|The Complete Season Four||80||21||8 March 2017||3600||M|
|The Complete Season Five||90||23||5 April 2017||4001||M|
|The Complete Season Six||89||22||7 June 2017||4001||M|
|The Complete Season Seven||83||21||2 August 2017||3735||M|
|The Complete Season Eight||104||26||6 September 2017||4680||M|
The show was shown in Sweden on TV4 beginning on 7 September 1994 as Kvinnofängelset (The Women's Prison). A fan club organises an annual get-together, and collected several thousand signatures (including that of actress Elspeth Ballantyne) to convince TV4 to repeat the show in 2000. After the series ended that year, work began to persuade TV4 to air the show again. TV4 originally screened the series in a late-night (1am) slot three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, airing the final episode on 3 February 2000. During a repeat run from 2000 to October 2004, Prisoner aired at 2:15am four times a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The episodes were repeated over the weekend: the Monday and Tuesday episodes on Friday and the other two on Saturday. In May 2014 TV4 Guld began rerunning the series again Monday to Thursday at 10pm, with episode 32 shown on 3 July. The broadcast schedule was later changed to five nights a week at midnight. Season 8 started airing on Sjuan in September 2017 at 3pm.
A stage version of Prisoner, based on the original scripts, was produced in 1989 and toured the United Kingdom. Elspeth Ballantyne (Meg Morris) and Patsy King (Erica Davidson) reprised their characters and Glenda Linscott (Rita Connors) played a new character, Angela Mason. A second tour, with Fiona Spence (Vera Bennett) and Jane Clifton (Margo Gaffney), followed in 1990; Jacqui Gordon (Susie Driscoll) played new character Kath Evans.
A musical version followed, with Maggie Kirkpatrick reprising her role as Joan (the Freak) Ferguson and Lily Savage as an inmate. The musical, a parody of Prisoner's kitschier aspects, toured and had a West End run in 1995 and 1997. Val Lehman (Bea) was critical of the production, questioning why a drag queen would be in a women's prison.
Due to Prisoner's popularity in the UK during the late 1980s, its British fan club organised personal-appearance tours for several actresses including Val Lehman (Bea Smith), Carol Burns (Franky Doyle), Betty Bobbitt (Judy Bryant), Sheila Florance (Lizzie Birdsworth), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham) and Judy McBurney (Pixie Mason). A TV special, The Great Escape, was produced in 1990. The programme, which featured Val Lehman, Sheila Florance, Amanda Muggleton and Carol Burns on their 1990 UK visit, includes extensive footage of their on-stage interview with TV presenter Anna Soubry in which the cast members discuss their time on the series. Recorded at the Derby Assembly Rooms in Derby, it was briefly available in the UK on VHS video.
Several Prisoner actors have appeared in British stage drama and pantomime, including Val Lehman (The Wizard of Oz, Beatrix Potter and Misery), Peta Toppano, Fiona Spence, Maggie Dence (Bev Baker), Debra Lawrance (Daphne Graham), Linda Hartley (Roach Waters), Ian Smith (Ted Douglas) and Maggie Millar (Marie Winter). In 1997 a Prisoner clip from its second episode (Franky Doyle and Lynn Warner's fight in the garden) appeared on the BBC sitcom Birds of a Feather, and the series was mentioned several times during Birds of a Feather's seven-and-a-half-year run. The theme song was played briefly in episode three of BBC sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Prisoner has also been referenced in British sitcoms 2point4 Children, Absolutely Fabulous and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, as well as the soap operas Coronation Street, Brookside and EastEnders.
ITV regional scheduling
Prisoner began airing on Yorkshire Television on 8 October 1984, with the franchise cutting scenes involving hanging (including the attempted hanging of Sandy Edwards and the hanging of Eve Wilder). Yorkshire also heavily edited the episode 326 fight scene with Joan and Bea. Several other regions also cut scenes deemed inappropriate despite its time slot, well past the 9 pm watershed.
The TVS region followed in October 1985. In 1987 Central, Thames, Scottish and TSW began the series; most other regions began broadcasting it in 1988, nearly two years after it finished production. Ulster began broadcasting Prisoner in late 1989, usually airing after their Friday night local talk show "Kelly" which aired at 10.40pm, would have a tradition of "Prisoner" following at 11.40pm. When the Kelly Show extended to a 90-minute version from the autumn of 1990, Prisoner would air at 12.10am. Maggie Kirkpatrick and Val Lehman both appeared on the Kelly Show on occasions, such was the popularity of the show airing after "Kelly" every Friday night.
Each ITV region decided when (and how often) Prisoner would be broadcast. Central Television screened three episodes weekly, finishing on 16 December 1991 before rerunning the first 95 episodes (from 1993 to 1995). Most other stations also completed the series: Granada Television and Border Television on 9 February 1995, Grampian Television on 11 March 1996, HTV on 25 April 1996, STV on 19 November 1996, Yorkshire Television and Tyne Tees Television on 7 April 1997. When Border, Grampian and Granada TV screened the final episode in the UK, continuity announcer John McKenzie conducted a telephone interview with Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan "the Freak" Ferguson).
Some UK regions did not see the entire series; Channel Television began the series on 16 January 1986 with episode 10, when it aligned its schedule with TVS; it was previously aligned with TSW, which did not broadcast the series in its own region until 1987. Regional alignment meant that around the end of 1992, some episodes were skipped; Tyne Tees skipped 293 and 294 and Border Television omitted 71 episodes, 477 to 547. Furthermore, in some regions, the series was discontinued prior to its final episode in later runs: in Ulster, Prisoner ended on Ulster Television with episode 562 on 15 December 1997. In London, where the series ran on Thames and subsequently Carlton Television, viewers were told after episode 598 on 20 August 1998 that the series would resume after a summer break however the series was then discontinued from screening in London. The last ITV Prisoner episode was shown on Meridian, which finished an initial run with episode 586 on 12 July 1999.
Programme Schedule Pattern
Episodes not screened
|Yorkshire Television (YTV)||Monday 8 October 1984 23:00||Mondays with a Thursday episode added from January 1993. Yorkshire took a short break from the series after screening episode 39 in October 1985. The series resumed in January 1986 with many interruptions during the year including World Cup football from Mexico, snooker and Bank Holiday material. Only 32 episodes managed to air during 1986 in the Monday slot as the other 20 Mondays were filled with Network scheduling. It remained on air until the end of April 1987 (episode 85). The series returned in September 1987 and filled it's regular Monday 23:00 slot. From 1988 the series moved to 23:05 and was often replaced with snooker and football. During the Gulf War the series was not as heavily affected as in most other regions. Episodes were simply moved to earlier and later start times.
Episode 295 onwards with Tyne Tees from January 1993. Thursday episode added from 07/01/93. The World Cup filled two Prisoner slots on 20 and 23 June in 1994 meaning no episodes were screened in that week. The programme did not suffer as it had done on Yorkshire in 1986 when the World Cup was last played in the Americas. Mondays only from 8 January - 15 February 1996 and again from 6 January - 13 February 1997 as the Thursday slot was used for ITV networked films during these periods. Thursdays only between 26 September and 21 October 1996, as the Monday slot was used for ITV networked films during this period as well. Yorkshire never screened the show before 22:55 in its entirety or after 00:35 allowing the show a more regular timeslot than all other regions.
|Monday 7 April 1997 23:10||None|
|Television South (TVS) (up to episode 292) & Meridian Broadcasting (from episode 293) slowest overall||Friday 11 October 1985 22:30||Fridays episodes 1-9 until December 1985, then Thursdays from January 1986. Reverts to Fridays from April 1986 (ep 19 Friday 4 April), Then back to Thursdays from September 1986. The series takes a summer break after screening episode 63 on 23 April 1987, returning in September then another summer break after episode 91 on 5 May 1988. Then Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 1988, Thursdays only from January 1989. Final episode to be screened by TVS was episode 292 on Thursday 17 December 1992 23:10
Series remained on Thursdays under Meridian's control then moved to Tuesdays from 4 January 1994. Episode 477 screened on Wednesday 27 November 1996 as Tuesday slot unavailable, then after a one-off Thursday episode on 19 December 1996 the series moves to Mondays and Tuesdays from January 1997, Mondays only in April 1997 then back to Tuesdays only from May 1997 until December 1998. Series restarted on Mondays from 25 January 1999 at episode 564 until series dropped at episode 586 in July 1999.
|Monday 12 July 1999 23:50 (episode 586)||587-692|
|Channel Television (CTV)||As TVS from Thursday 16 January 1986 22:30 starting from episode 10 (TVS had screened 1 - 9 themselves in late 1985)||As TVS & Meridian. Channel had a direct link with TSW for all regional shows until end of 1985, before switching to TVS in January 1986 because it was felt that TSW's scheduling was peculiar. Therefore, Channel missed the first 9 episodes screened by TVS.||As Meridian||1-9 and 587-692|
|Television South West (TSW) (up to episode 239) & Westcountry Television (from episode 240)||Thursday 15 January 1987 23:05||Thursdays with 13 episodes shown until April 1987, then a break until September 1987 when Thursdays resume with 13 more episodes until Thursday 10 December. Show then restarts with episode 27 on Mondays from 12 September 1988, then stops at episode 52 on 17 April 1989 showing that TSW must buy in blocks of 13. Series goes back to weekly Thursdays with ep 53 from 20 July 1989, then switches to Fridays from 13 April 1990 then Sundays and Mondays from 1 September 1991. In January 1992 the series returns to weekly Thursdays, then Sundays and Thursdays from 30 August 1992 until the last episode aired by TSW episode 239 23:50 Sunday 20 December 1992. Having no desire to make too many programmes themselves during their last months on air TSW viewers saw an increase in output of all imported regional Australian soaps to fill the hours.
TSW's successor Westcountry Television commenced from episode 240 and screened the series initially on Tuesdays and Thursdays 23:10 with Sundays added from March 1994. Sundays were axed from the start of 1995. After 25 May 1995 episode, Thursday episode moves to Wednesdays starting on 7 June. From September series switches to Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays only during January 1996 until Thursday episode returns on 15 February. Series moves to weekly Mondays from January 1997 until the return of a Thursday episode from 14 August 1997 (episode 671).
|Thursday 30 October 1997 23:45||None|
|Central Television fastest to complete||Saturday 25 April 1987 22:45 and Monday 8 February 1993 (Sunday night) 00:20 for repeat run||Initially Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at extremely varying timeslots. Then Saturday episode dropped in February 1988 but re-instated in April 1988. The Saturday episode later changed to Friday. Final Saturday episode 31 March 1990, first Friday episode 13 April 1990. Latest Saturday episode started at 02:30, earliest 22:20. Central's nightly Prisoner airings in January 1991 were interrupted in the middle of the 23:55 Wednesday 16 January episode 561 for news of the Gulf War. Five other slots were reused for Gulf War programming. Various Fridays dropped in 1991 for snooker highlights Rugby World Cup highlights.||Monday 16 December 1991 22:40. Repeated first 95 episodes on Sunday nights from February 1993 until episode 94 on Monday 19 December 1994 00:15 (Sunday night).||None|
|Thames Television (up to episode 357) & Carlton Television (from episode 358)||Friday 19 June 1987 00:30 (Thursday night)||Thursdays, then Tuesdays and Thursdays from 24 July 1990 (Tuesday episode temporarily removed during February and March 1991). Tuesdays and Thursdays fitted into the same slots that Anglia and HTV were using to enable the three to be ready at the right time for Thames' night-time service. Final Thames episode 23:15 Thursday 17 December 1992 episode 357
When Carlton replaced Thames they screened it on Tuesdays only from 5 January 1993 usually at 23:40 or in the first available slot after network programming. After playing episode 492 on Tuesday 26 September 1995 series is taken off air until it's return on 7 November, Final Tuesday episode on 19 December. Series then restarts on Thursdays from 15 February 1996. Then Mondays only from 2 September 1996 until November until returning on Mondays from January to March 1997, series dropped until May when it returns on Thursdays, then back to Mondays from September until December, then Thursdays again from February 1998 until dropping the series in August 1998 at episode 598.
|Episode 598 on Thursday 20 August 1998 23:40||599-692|
|Scottish Television (STV)||Monday 19 October 1987 23:30||Mondays until March 1988. In April the series was shown on Mondays, the first three Sundays and the last two Fridays. Then Mondays only in May, then Mondays and Fridays from June to September 1988. During September and October Mondays only until 31 October 1988 plus a one off Thursday episode on 13 October 1988 too. After 31 October 1988 the series resumes on 28 November. Then Mondays and Fridays from January 1989 until Friday episode after 5 October 1990. Then Mondays only until December 1992. Slot on 21 January 1991 cleared for regional sport and Gulf War programming. In January 1993 the series moves to Thursdays and Fridays, Monday episode returns from 19 April, Friday episode dropped after 14 May episode. Then Mondays and Thursdays until Friday episodes return on 1 October 1993, back to Thursdays and Fridays after Monday episode dropped after 15 November 1993. Then Tuesdays and Thursdays from January 1994, Thursdays only in September, then Mondays only in October until Thursday episode returned on 27 October. Mondays and Thursdays until December 1995 until Thursday episode moves to Tuesdays from 2 January 1996. Remained on Mondays and Tuesdays until finishing in November.||Wednesday 20 November 1996 00:20 (Tuesday night)||None|
|Anglia Television||Wednesday 6 January 1988 00:30 (Tuesday night)||Initially Tuesdays and Thursdays, then changed to Sundays and Mondays from September 1988. At the start of 1989 to make up for the loss of the show while Network programmes were shown over Christmas the show was screened daily Monday to Friday for the first week of January. The Monday episode was switched to Tuesday from September 1990 after the screeneing of episode 259 on Sunday 2 September. Then the Sunday episode switched to Thursday from January 1991 to fit into the same slots that HTV and Thames were using to enable the three to be ready at the right time for Thames' night-time service. The first two Thursday slots in 1991 along with Tuesday 22 January had replacement programming for the Gulf War.
Continues at 23:40 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the new ITV franchise era from January 1993. Then one episode screened on Monday in November 1993 when network programming filled the Tuesday and Thursday slots. Then weekly most available Tuesdays around 23:40 from 4 January 1994 until July 1995 when Thursday episode reinstated from 6 July. Thursday episode then axed after episode 667 on 16 November apart from a one off episode on 21 December and series plays out on Tuesdays only until the end in May 1996.
|Tuesday 21 May 1996 23:40||None|
|Granada Television||Sunday 14 February 1988 23:30||Sundays and Mondays. Then Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays from July 1988. Series took a week's break in September for snooker coverage. Then Sundays and Mondays from January 1989, then Thursday episodes return 30 April 1992. From January 1993 the series is moved to weekly Tuesdays and then Thursday episodes return from March 1993. Then Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 1994 though Sunday episode dropped in December 1994.||Thursday 9 February 1995 23:10||None|
|Tyne Tees Television||Thursday 7 April 1988 22:35||Thursdays usually at 23:05. A Sunday episode was added starting 13 January 1991. Soon after this Gulf War programming meant a temporary loss of the Sunday slot from 20 January and the Thursday slot had earlier and later start times. From 5 October 1992 another episode was suddenly added on Mondays in an unsuccessful attempt to catch up to their newly merged business with neighbouring Yorkshire. Sunday episode was dropped after 1 November 1992, to follow Yorkshire's Sunday schedule, reducing to two episodes a week. During December 1992, Tyne Tees took the unusual step of opting out of live networked snooker coverage to squeeze in an extra episode in its effort to catch up to Yorkshire.
From January 1993 exactly as Yorkshire, episodes 293 and 294 unscreened to catch up to Yorkshire.
|As Yorkshire||293 and 294|
|Border Television||Friday 10 June 1988 23:35||Initially Fridays 23:35. Series then takes a break at the end of August for snooker and returns in early September in new slots Sundays and Thursdays. Sundays and Mondays from January 1989, then back to Sundays and Thursdays from May 1989, Thursday episode temporarily dropped at the end of October 1989 to allow Falcon Crest to complete before Christmas. During 1990 the show was often screened at 23:35 on both nights. During July and August 1992 the Sunday episode briefly switched to Monday leaving a return to Sundays and Thursdays as the nights used at the end of 1992, although the last three Mondays in November also had an episode.
From 5 January 1993 Tuesdays and Thursdays were used. Episode 476 screened on Thursday 28 October 1993 was followed by Episode 548 on Tuesday 2 November 1993, then as Granada from this point onwards until the end. 71 episodes missed to catch up to Granada. Daytime Australian soaps experienced a similar "Granada jump" at the end of December 1993. US series Crime Story replaced the programme.
|HTV Wales & West||Monday 22 August 1988 23:40||Initially Mondays and Tuesdays. Later Sundays and Mondays from January 1989. Then Sundays and Tuesdays from October 1990. After 7 April 1991 Sunday episode moves to Thursday starting from 11 April to fit into the same slots that Anglia and Thames were using to enable the three franchises to be ready at the right time for Thames' night-time service. Then Tuesdays and Thursdays. Very occasionally HTV Wales airtimes were behind HTV West to accommodate extra locally made programming for Wales as they were legally obliged to provide. For much of early 1993 HTV West was an episode or two ahead of HTV Wales, as they had to show sport programmes.
In January 1993 a Wednesday episode was introduced but was dropped after the end of February, by March Wednesdays had reverted to slots used for non-continuous series meaning the series continued on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Series then increased to three a week using Sundays from March 1994. Thursday episode dropped after 1 September 1994. Sunday episode discontinued from January 1995, then Tuesdays only until the return of the Sunday episode on 10 September 1995. During September and October a Wednesday night is used when the Tuesday slot was unavailable. From 20 November HTV Wales shows the Tuesday episode on Monday nights due to Welsh rugby highlights being accommodated in the Tuesday slot. HTV West retains the series on Tuesdays. Then Thursday episode returns on 15 February 1996. Some Tuesday slots filled with regional sport instead.
|Thursday 25 April 1996 23:40||None|
|Grampian Television||Sunday 11 September 1988 23:30||Sundays and Mondays until December 1992. As slots on 20/01, 21/01 and 27/01 were lost to the Gulf War coverage Grampian created extra slots for the show in Wednesday 23/01 (23.00 episode 207) and Wednesday 30/01 (22.55 episode 209) These slots replaced intended networked films which were now too long for the vacant one hour slot between ITN News at Ten and Gulf War coverage from midnight. Episode 221 was screened on Tuesday 19 March due to STV providing Grampian with regional sport filling up Grampian's Monday 18 March schedule (STV simply played their episode late on Monday - Grampian could not do this as they followed Granada's schedule after around 00.30) Then Monday and Tuesday from January 1993, Tuesday episode moves to Thursday in January 1994, then Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 1994 before going back to Mondays and Thursdays in January 1995. Monday episode moved to Tuesday in September then Sunday episodes returned in November. From 8 January 1996 (episode 684) the series was shown weekly on Mondays in the 23:40/23:35 slot.||Monday 4 March 1996 23:40||None|
|Ulster Television (UTV)||Sunday 22 October 1989 23:35||Sundays with many weeks' slot given to regional sport, then Fridays and Sundays from November 1990. Then Sundays only from May 1991, Fridays return in September 1991 then changes to Fridays only from January 1992. Series takes a break after episode 127 on Friday 24 April, then resumes on Sundays only from 21 June until Fridays return on 25 September, Sundays dropped after 18 October, then Fridays only until March 1993. Changes to Mondays and Fridays in March 1993 until October 1994 when Fridays change to Sundays. Mondays and Fridays again from January 1995, then Wednesdays and Fridays from March until a Sunday episode is added. Wednesday episode moves to Mondays from 25 September 1995. Friday episode dropped after 12 January 1996, then Sundays and Mondays until Sunday episode dropped after 2 June 1996. Then Mondays for the rest of 1996 before switched to Fridays from 24 January 1997, then Mondays from 30 June 1997.||Monday 15 December 1997 23:40 (episode 562)||563-692|
UK ITV End of Year Episode Numbers
ITV Region in start date order
End of Year Episode Numbers
|Yorkshire Television (YTV)||10||39||71||95||134||176||214||254||294|
|Television South (TVS)||Not yet purchased||9||47||77||108||152||200||246||292|
|Channel Television (CTV)||CTV's supplier had not yet purchased||CTV's supplier had not yet purchased||47||77||108||152||200||246||292|
|Television South West||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||26||40||72||118||178||239|
|Central Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||108||251||406||557||First to Complete||Completed|
|Thames Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||26||73||119||188||271||357|
|Scottish Television (STV)||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||5||63||148||229||275||321|
|Anglia Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||99||196||290||377||468|
|Granada Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||107||201||284||366||479|
|Tyne Tees Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||32||74||116||200||292|
|Border Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||40||123||208||301||394|
|HTV Wales & West||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||30||126||224||316||403|
|Grampian Television||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||28||121||204||289||372|
|Ulster Television (UTV)||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||Not yet purchased||9||55||114||155|
ITV Region in start date order
End of Year Episode Numbers
|Yorkshire Television (YTV)||393||490||588||674||Joint 8th to Complete||Completed||Completed|
|Meridian Broadcasting formerly TVS||341||390||435||481||530||563||586|
|Westcountry Television formerly TSW||336||466||559||643||10th and last to Complete||Completed||Completed|
|Central Television||47r||94r||Stopped rerun||Stopped rerun||Stopped rerun||Stopped rerun|
|Carlton Television formerly Thames||406||457||499||534||574||598||Incomplete|
|Scottish Television (STV)||428||510||607||7th to Complete||Completed||Completed||Completed|
|Anglia Television||562||609||673||6th to Complete||Completed||Completed||Completed|
|Granada Television||561||680||Joint 2nd to Complete||Completed||Completed||Completed||Completed|
|Tyne Tees Television||393||490||588||674||Joint 8th to Complete||Completed||Completed|
|Border Television||561||680||Joint 2nd to Complete||Completed||Completed||Completed||Completed|
|HTV Wales & West||500||608||668||5th to Complete||Completed||Completed||Completed|
|Grampian Television||467||592||683||4th to Complete||4th to Complete||Completed||Completed|
|Ulster Television (UTV)||239||331||454||513||562||Incomplete||Incomplete|
Original, UK, Sweden and UK repeat Air dates of significant episodes
ITV Region in start date order
Air dates of significant 1979 - 1982 Australian screened episodes
ep 3 riot
ep 7 Vera Bennett's mother's death
ep 16 Marilyn's departure
ep 20 Franky's departure
ep 40 Jim's arrival
ep 72 Vera's birthday
ep 79 1979 cliffhanger
ep 82 Terrorist invasion
ep 100 milestone
ep 121 riot
ep 165 1980 cliffhanger
ep 200 milestone
ep 224 Vera's departure
ep 246 1981 cliffhanger
ep 287 Joan's arrival
ep 300 milestone
ep 326 1982 cliffhanger
|Original ATV 10 airdate||Wed 28/02/79 20:30||Wed 14/03/79 20:30||Tue 17/04/79 20:30||Tue 01/05/79 20:30||Tue 10/07/79 20:30||Tue 06/11/79 20:30 (Melbourne Cup Day)||Wed 28/11/79 20:30||Tue 29/01/80 20:30||Tue 01/04/80 20:30||Wed 11/06/80 20:30||Wed 12/11/80 20:30||Wed 03/06/81 19:30||Wed 02/09/81 20:30 (intended night was Tue 01/09/81)||Wed 11/11/81 20:30||Tue 29/06/82 20:30||Tue 10/08/82 20:30||Tue 09/11/82 20:30 (21:30 as screened as a double episode with 325)||Original ATV 10. airdate|
|Yorkshire Television (YTV)||Mon 22/10/84 23:00||Mon 19/11/84 23:15||Mon 18/02/85 23:00||Mon 22/04/85 23:00||Mon 13/01/86 23:00||Mon 12/01/87 23:20||Mon 09/03/87 23:00||Mon 06/04/87 23:10||Mon 22/02/88 23:05||Tue 30/08/88 00:00 (Bank Holiday Monday)||Mon 18/09/89 23:20||Mon 13/08/90 23:35||Mon 25/03/91 23:10||Mon 07/10/91 23:30||Mon 19/10/92 23:10 abruptly cut off final scene and all of credits due to YTV's late running||Thu 21/01/93 23:10||Thu 29/04/93 23:30 edited due to violence||Yorkshire Television (YTV).|
|Television South (TVS) & Meridian Broadcasting||Fri 25/10/85 22:30||Fri 22/11/85 22:30||Thu 06/03/86 22:30||Fri 11/04/86 22:30||Thu 09/10/86 22:30||Thu 05/11/87 22:30||Thu 28/01/88 22:40||Thu 18/02/88 22:40||Thu 03/11/88 23:05||Thu 27/04/89 23:05||Thu 12/04/90 23:15||Thu 20/12/90 23:10||Thu 04/07/91 23:25||Thu 19/12/91 23:10||Thu 05/11/92 23:10||Thu 25/02/93 23:20||Thu 02/09/93 23:20||Television South (TVS) & Meridian Broadcasting |
|Channel Television||Not screened||Not screened||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As TVS||As Meridian||As Meridian||Channel Television|
|Television South West (TSW) and Westcountry Television||Thu 29/01/87 23:05||Thu 05/03/87 23:10||Thu 01/10/87 22:32||Thu 29/10/87 22:32||Mon 19/12/88 22:35||Thu 07/12/89 22:35||Thu 15/03/90 22:35||Thu 05/04/90 22:35||Fri 10/08/90 22:35||Fri 25/01/91 23:00||Mon 21/10/91 23:35||Thu 11/06/92 23:30||Sun 11/10/92 23:35||Tue 26/01/93 23:40||Tue 29/06/93 23:55||Thu 12/08/93 23:10||Thu 18/11/93 23:10||Television South West (TSW) and Westcountry Television|
|Central Television||Tue 28/04/87 00:05 rpt Mon 15/02/93 00:20||Sun 10/05/87 00:25 rpt Mon 15/03/93 00:35||Sun 31/05/87 00:35 rpt Mon 17/05/93 00:05||Mon 08/06/87 01:10 rpt Mon 14/06/93 02:05||Sun 26/07/87 01:30 rpt Sun 31/10/93 23:45||Mon 05/10/87 23:05 rpt Sun 26/06/94 23:45||Sat 24/10/87 23:30 rpt Mon 22/08/94 00:10||Sat 31/10/87 22:35 rpt Sun 11/09/94 23:15||Sun 13/12/87 00:30||Sun 31/01/88 01:20||Sat 04/06/88 23:05||Tue 23/08/88 00:10||Mon 17/10/88 22:35||Sun 11/12/88 00:00||Sat 18/03/89 23:35||Sun 16/04/89 23:30||Sat 17/06/89 23:15||Central Television |
|Thames Television & Carlton Television||Fri 03/07/87 00:00||Fri 07/08/87 00:00||Fri 09/10/87 00:00||Thu 05/11/87 23:30||Thu 14/04/88 23:35||Thu 15/12/88 23:35||Thu 23/02/89 23:35||Thu 30/03/89 23:35||Fri 11/08/89 00:40||Fri 12/01/90 00:30||Thu 27/09/90 23:40||Thu 21/03/91 23:50||Thu 20/06/91 23:40||Thu 19/09/91 23:50||Thu 05/03/92 22:50||Thu 07/05/92 23:15||Wed 26/08/92 00:30||Thames Television & Carlton Television|
|Scottish Television (STV)||Mon 09/11/87 23:30||Mon 01/02/88 23:05||Mon 04/04/88 23:40||Mon 18/04/88 23:05||Fri 22/07/88 22:35||Fri 17/02/89 23:05||Mon 20/03/89 23:35||Fri 07/04/89 23:10||Fri 16/06/89 23:20||Mon 28/08/89 23:25||Fri 16/03/90 23:20||Fri 27/07/90 23:05||Mon 12/11/90 23:40||Tue 21/05/91 00:00||Tue 21/04/92 00:00||Mon 20/07/92 23:10||Thu 21/01/93 23:10||Scottish Television (STV)|
|Anglia Television||Wed 13/01/88 00:35||Wed 27/01/88 00:30||Thu 25/02/88 23:20||Thu 10/03/88 23:05||Thu 19/05/88 23:05||Sun 18/09/88 23:30||Mon 10/10/88 22:35||Sun 23/10/88 23:30||Mon 02/01/89 23:25||Mon 13/03/89 23:35||Sun 27/08/89 23:35||Mon 22/01/90 23:05||Sun 22/04/90 23:35||Tue 10/07/90 00:05||Mon 10/12/90 01:00||Thu 07/03/91 23:45||Thu 13/06/91 23:45||Anglia Television|
|Granada Television||Sun 21/02/88 23:30||Sun 06/03/88 23:30||Sun 10/04/88 23:45||Sun 24/04/88 23:30||Mon 04/07/88 23:15||Sun 25/09/88 23:45||Thu 13/10/88 22:35||Thu 20/10/88 22:35||Thu 01/12/88 22:35||Sun 26/02/89 23:30||Mon 14/08/89 22:35||Sun 17/12/89 23:05||Mon 02/04/90 23:05||Mon 16/07/90 00:05||Mon 21/01/91 23:00 (originally scheduled to air Sun 20/01/91 23:25)||Mon 18/03/91 22:40||Mon 08/07/91 23:10||Granada Television|
|Tyne Tees Television||Thu 21/04/88 23:35||Thu 19/05/88 23:05||Thu 28/07/88 23:05||Thu 25/08/88 23:35||Thu 30/03/89 23:05||Thu 30/11/89 23:15||Thu 22/02/90 23:05||Thu 22/03/90 23:15||Thu 09/08/90 23:05||Sun 03/02/91 23:35||Thu 25/07/91 23:10||Thu 19/12/91 22:40||Sun 05/04/92 23:35||Thu 02/07/92 23:10||Mon 23/11/92 23:10||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||Tyne Tees Television|
|Border Television||Fri 24/06/88 23:35||Fri 22/07/88 23:35||Thu 22/09/88 22:35||Sun 09/10/88 23:30||Thu 22/12/88 23:05||Sun 21/05/89 23:15||Mon 19/06/89 00:00||Thu 29/06/89 23:05||Thu 31/08/89 23:05||Mon 11/12/89 00:30||Thu 05/07/90 23:05||Sun 11/11/90 23:35||Mon 18/03/91 00:15||Mon 03/06/91 00:00||Thu 24/10/91 23:10||Sun 15/12/91 23:05||Wed 08/04/92 23:10 moved to Wed due to General Election.||Border Television|
|HTV West & Wales||Tue 30/08/88 00:00 (Bank Holiday Monday)||Wed 14/09/88 00:05||Tue 25/10/88 23:35||Mon 14/11/88 23:35||Sun 12/02/89 23:45||Mon 12/06/89 00:10||Mon 03/07/89 23:35||Mon 17/07/89 00:30||Sun 17/09/89 23:35||Mon 27/11/89 23:45||Mon 21/05/90 00:05||Tue 25/09/90 01:00||Wed 19/12/90 00:30||Mon 08/04/91 00:05||Thu 05/09/91 23:40||Tue 22/10/91 23:40||Thu 13/02/92 23:40||HTV West & Wales|
|Grampian Television||Sun 18/09/88 23:30||Sun 02/10/88 23:30||Mon 31/10/88 23:05||Sun 20/11/88 23:30||Sun 26/02/89 23:30||Mon 03/07/89 00:30||Mon 24/07/89 23:05||Sun 06/08/89 23:35||Sun 08/10/89 23:35||Mon 18/12/89 23:05||Mon 09/07/90 23:35||Mon 26/11/90 22:50||Sun 31/03/91 23:30||Sun 07/07/91 23:05||Mon 02/12/91 22:40||Mon 17/02/92 22:40||Mon 08/06/92 23:40||Grampian Television|
|Ulster Television (UTV)||Sun 05/11/89 23:20||Mon 04/12/89 00:10||Mon 26/02/90 00:30||Sun 08/04/90 23:35||Sun 07/10/90 23:35||Mon 08/04/91 00:05||Mon 20/05/91 00:05||Sun 09/06/91 22:55||Sat 28/09/91 00:05||Sat 07/03/92 00:10||Mon 15/03/93 23:10||Sat 24/07/93 00:05||Sat 30/10/93 00:10||Sat 29/01/94 00:10||Mon 11/07/94 22:40||Mon 29/08/94 22:25||Sun 04/12/94 22:30 (aired in a double bill with 327)||Ulster Television (UTV)|
|TV4 Sweden||11/09/94||??||12/10/94||21/10/94||07/12/94||05/03/95||22/03/95||29/03/95||1995||28/06/95||08/10/95||Late 1995/Early 1996||28/02/96||19/04/96||11/09/96||1996||06/12/96||TV4 Sweden|
|Five||Thu 03/04/97 04:40||Mon 07/04/97 04:40||Wed 16/04/97 04:40||Sun 20/04/97 04:40||Tue 13/05/97 04:40||Thu 19/06/97 04:40||Fri 27/06/97 04:40||Sun 29/06/97 01:35||Fri 18/07/97 23:25||Mon 18/08/97 23:40||Tue 25/11/97 23:55||Tue 03/02/98 04:40||Sun 08/03/98 04:40||Fri 10/04/98 04:40||Sat 06/06/98 04:40||Wed 24/06/98 04:40||Fri 31/07/98 04:40||Five|
ITV Region in start date order
Air dates of significant 1983 - 1986 Australian screened episodes
ep 327 Fire aftermath
ep 364 Ann's arrival
ep 400 Bea's departure
ep 416 1983 cliffhanger
ep 418 Lizzie's departure
ep 456 Colleen's departure
ep 466 Marie's riot
ep 500 milestone
ep 505 1984 cliffhanger
ep 534 Judy's Departure
ep 552 the end of Myra
ep 588 1985 cliffhanger
ep 600 riot
|Original ATV 10 airdate||Tue 01/02/83 20:30||Thu 02/06/83 20:30||Thu 22/09/83 20:30||Thu 03/11/83 21:30 (21:30 as screened as a double episode with 415)||Tue 24/01/84 20:30||Thu 31/05/84 20:30||Tue 03/07/84 20:30||Thu 25/10/84 20:30||Thu 08/11/84 20:30 (21:30 as screened as a double episode with 504)||Tue 07/05/85 20:30||Tue 09/07/85 20:30||Tue 05/11/85 20:30 (21:30 as screened as a double episode with 587)||Thu 20/02/86 20:30||Original ATV 10 airdate|
|Yorkshire Television (YTV)||Mon 03/05/93 23:25||Mon 13/09/93 23:20||Mon 31/01/94 23:10||Mon 28/03/94 23:10||Thu 07/04/94 23:25||Mon 29/08/94 23:35||Mon 03/10/94 23:35||Mon 06/02/95 23:55||Thu 23/02/95 23:30||Thu 15/06/95 23:25||Thu 17/08/95 23:10||Thu 21/12/95 23:20||Mon 04/03/96 23:10 edited due to violence||Yorkshire Television (YTV)|
|Television South (TVS) & Meridian Broadcasting||Thu 09/09/93 23:25||Tue 14/06/94 23:10||Tue 14/03/95 23:40||Tue 18/07/95 23:40||Tue 01/08/95 23:40||Tue 28/05/96 23:40||Tue 20/08/96 23:10||Tue 11/03/97 23:40||Mon 14/04/97 23:45||Tue 17/02/98 23:40||Tue 04/08/98 23:45||Not screened||Not screened||Television South (TVS) & Meridian Broadcasting|
|Channel Television||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||As Meridian||Not screened||Not screened||Channel Television|
|Television South West (TSW) and Westcountry Television||Tue 23/11/93 23:40||Tue 05/04/94 23:40||Thu 07/07/94 23:10||Tue 23/08/94 23:40||Sun 28/08/94 23:10||Sun 27/11/94 23:45||Thu 29/12/94 23:40||Thu 11/05/95 23:10||Tue 06/06/95 23:40||Thu 21/09/95 23:10||Sun 19/11/95 23:45||Tue 07/05/96 23:30||Thu 20/06/96 23:45||Television South West (TSW) and Westcountry Television|
|Central Television||Mon 19/06/89 00:00||Mon 11/09/89 23:50||Mon 04/12/89 23:20||Sat 20/01/90 23:45||Mon 22/01/90 22:35||Mon 23/04/90 23:50||Sat 19/05/90 00:05||Tue 07/08/90 01:00||Mon 20/08/90 00:05||Sat 27/10/90 00:10||Sat 08/12/90 00:10||Tue 02/04/91 00:05||Tue 30/04/91 00:05||Central Television|
|Thames Television & Carlton Television||Thu 27/08/92 23:15||Wed 03/03/93 00:35||Wed 10/11/93 00:40||Wed 09/03/94 00:25||Tue 22/03/94 23:40||Tue 13/12/94 23:40||Tue 07/03/95 23:40||Thu 15/02/96 23:40||Thu 21/03/96 23:45||Mon 04/11/96 23:40||Thu 26/06/97 23:40||Thu 28/05/98 23:45||Not screened||Thames Television & Carlton Television|
|Scottish Television (STV)||Fri 22/01/93 23:15||Thu 03/06/93 23:10||Mon 04/10/93 23:10||Fri 12/11/93 23:40||Thu 18/11/93 23:10||Tue 19/04/94 23:40||Thu 26/05/94 23:15||Thu 17/11/94 23:15||Mon 05/12/94 23:45||Tue 28/03/95 00:45||Thu 01/06/95 23:30||Mon 09/10/95 23:45||Fri 24/11/95 00:55||Scottish Television (STV)|
|Anglia Television||Tue 18/06/91 23:40||Wed 30/10/91 00:00||Tue 31/03/92 23:45||Thu 28/05/92 23:40||Thu 04/06/92 23:40||Tue 27/10/92 23:40||Thu 03/12/92 23:50||Thu 06/05/93 23:40||Tue 25/05/93 23:40||Thu 02/09/93 23:40||Tue 16/11/93 23:40||Tue 26/07/94 23:40||Tue 18/10/94 23:40||Anglia Television|
|Granada Television||Sun 14/07/91 22:55||Mon 02/12/91 22:40||Thu 14/05/92 23:10||Thu 02/07/92 22:40||Thu 09/07/92 22:40||Mon 12/10/92 23:35||Thu 05/11/92 22:40||Thu 29/04/93 23:35||Thu 20/05/93 23:35||Thu 09/09/93 23:25||Thu 18/11/93 23:35||Thu 31/03/94 23:30||Mon 02/05/94 00:00||Granada Television|
|Tyne Tees Television||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||As Yorkshire||Tyne Tees Television|
|Border Television||Mon 13/04/92 00:05||Thu 03/09/92 23:10||Thu 21/01/93 22:40||Thu 25/03/93 23:10||Thu 01/04/93 23:10||Thu 12/08/93 23:10||Tue 21/09/93 23:40||Not screened||Not screened||Not screened||As Granada||As Granada||As Granada||Border Television|
|HTV West & Wales||Tue 18/02/92 23:40||Thu 23/07/92 23:55||Tue 01/12/92 23:50||HTV West Thu 11/02/93 23:40 HTV Wales Tue 16/02/93 23:55||HTV West Wed 17/02/93 23:40 HTV Wales Thu 18/02/93 23:40||Tue 13/07/93 23:30||Tue 17/08/93 23:30||Thu 23/12/93 23:40||Tue 18/01/94 23:40||Mon 25/04/94 00:15||Mon 13/06/94 00:30||Tue 27/09/94 23:40||Tue 08/11/94 23:40||HTV West & Wales|
|Grampian Television||Mon 15/06/92 23:10||Sun 08/11/92 23:10||Mon 19/04/93 23:40||Tue 15/06/93 23:40||Tue 22/06/93 23:40||Mon 08/11/93 23:35||Tue 14/12/93 23:35||Thu 21/04/94 23:35||Tue 10/05/94 23:40||Tue 02/08/94 23:40||Sun 18/09/94 23:45||Sun 11/12/94 23:45||Mon 30/01/95 23:35||Grampian Television|
|Ulster Television (UTV)||Sun 04/12/94 22:30 (aired in a double bill with 326)||Sat 29/04/95 00:10||Wed 16/08/95 23:40||Sun 24/09/95 23:45||Sat 30/09/95 00:10||Sat 13/01/96 00:10||Mon 04/03/96 23:10||Mon 19/08/96 23:40||Mon 21/10/96 23:40||Sat 07/06/97 00:10||Mon 06/10/97 23:40||Not screened||Not screened||Ulster Television (UTV)|
|TV4 Sweden||09/12/96 ??||02/04/97||15/08/97||21/09/97||26/09/97||21/01/98||13/02/98||03/05/98||15/05/98||07/10/98||18/11/98||24/03/99||21/04/99||TV4 Sweden|
|Five||Sat 01/08/98 04:40||Tue 22/09/98 04:40||Wed 11/11/98 04:40||Fri 04/12/98 04:40||Sun 06/12/98 04:40||Fri 29/01/99 04:40||Fri 12/02/99 04:40||Sun 04/04/99 04:40||Sat 24/04/99 04:40||Sat 07/08/99 04:40||Sat 09/10/99 04:40||Sat 12/02/00 04:40||Sat 25/03/00 04:40||Five|
Early on 31 March 1997 Channel 5, which had begun broadcasting at 6pm the previous evening, began a full run of Prisoner while later episodes were still appearing in many ITV regions. Except for an airing of the fire episode (326), as part of a 1995 Channel 4 soap weekend, it was the series' first UK network broadcast and gave some areas their first full run of the series. Although the schedule varied during the Channel 5 run, episodes were typically shown about five times a week in the 4:40am slot. It briefly moved to a late-night slot, usually around 11:30pm, before returning to the 4:40am slot. The Channel 5 run ended on 11 February 2001, with a double bill of the penultimate and final episodes. Channel 5 have no plans to re-run the series, despite viewer requests. For most of the Channel 5 run the programme was sponsored by Pot Noodle, with humorous Prisoner-esque sequences (set in a prison cell and playing on the series' wobbly scenery and props) played before and after the episodes and in the leads into and out of commercial breaks.
The Channel 5 broadcasts included commentary over the closing credits, usually from chief continuity announcer Bill Buckley but sometimes from deputy announcers such as Stuart McWilliam. This began in the early-100s episodes (when Prisoner briefly moved to the late-night slot), when Buckley would deliver a quip about the episode before making continuity announcements. This developed into humorous observations about the episode just shown, and the reading of letters and depicting of trivia sent in by viewers (which Buckley called "snippets"). Due to its early-morning slot, when most viewers relied on VCRs to follow the series, upcoming schedule changes were announced as part of the commentary.
The series was first aired in the United States on KTLA in Los Angeles on 8 August 1979, initially under the original name, Prisoner. Shown Wednesdays at 8pm, it was the first Australian series broadcast in prime time in the United States. The series, whose first two episodes were screened as a two-hour special, was viewed by a quarter of all television viewers in the Los Angeles market and was in second place for the night, beaten only by ABC's Charlie's Angels.
The series would later be repackaged into a daily half-hour format, as Prisoner: Cell Block H, syndicated directly to local stations during the early 1980s (particularly 1980 to '81). Apart from KTLA, known stations to have aired Prisoner: Cell Block H included WPIX in New York City, WGN-TV in Chicago, KRIV in Houston, Texas, KTVT in Dallas/Ft. Worth, WLVI in Boston, KWGN in Denver, KSTP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul, KYW-TV in Philadelphia, KPLR in St. Louis, MO, KTVU in the San Francisco Bay Area, KSTW in Tacoma / Seattle, KVOS-TV Bellingham, Washington, KOB-TV in Albuquerque, WTOG in St. Petersburg/Tampa, Florida, WTTV in Indianapolis, KPHO in Phoenix, WATL in Atlanta, WCKT in Miami, FL, WIVB in Buffalo, WDRB in Louisville, Ky., WKYT in Lexington, KY, KVVU in Las Vegas, NV and WTTG in Washington, D.C. Under the half-hour format, the original episodes were broadcast in two parts, though some scenes were censored or removed for the US telecast. KTLA, however, continued to broadcast the series in a weekly hour format, though now Tuesdays at 8pm, and under the Prisoner: Cell Block H name. Picked up in at least 38 markets in early 1980, the program would leave the American airwaves by spring 1982, after the few stations that were still carrying the program, such as KOB-TV and WGN-TV, removed Prisoner from their schedules.
In Canada, Prisoner began on 10 September 1979 as Caged Women on Global Television Network, at the time a small television network serving southern and eastern Ontario; the program was seen weekly on Monday nights at 9pm
The show would move to Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in the fall of 1980, continuing with the Caged Women title. The show would be off the schedule by the 1981–1982 television season, but by the fall of 1982, Global would reintroduce the show to the schedule, still as Caged Women, in the half-hour format, weeknights at midnight and 12:30am. The program would be off the schedule by the start of the 1983–1984 season.
Curiously, Global's use of Caged Women would continue even after the show debuted in the United States as Prisoner: Cell Block H, which led to viewers in the communities along the Ontario / Michigan border to watch the same program under two different titles: Caged Women on Global, and Prisoner: Cell Block H on WKBD-TV Detroit.
In Vancouver, Victoria and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Prisoner: Cell Block H was telecasted under that title weekdays at 1pm during 1980 and 1981 on KVOS-TV, an independent station in Bellingham, Washington that included the greater Vancouver / Victoria region as part of its viewing area.
In South Africa, public television network SABC 1 began airing the series in 1998, screening Thursday nights at 9pm and a repeat showing Fridays at 10:45; it was cancelled on 2 October 2000, after episode 156.
In Brazil, Prisoner aired around the end of 1980 and early 1981 by TVS (since renamed SBT), Sundays at 10 pm. The show was dubbed into Brazilian Portuguese locally by TVS and was cancelled after episode 82 had screened.
Network Ten began rerunning Prisoner on 8 May 1995; the series was cancelled, despite promises that it would return after the 1996 Christmas break. BBC UKTV began airing it from the beginning on 30 November 1997, at 12:15am on Tuesday and Thursday and 11:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. A repeat was broadcast at 2pm on Monday.
The 111 channel began the series at 6:30pm AEDT on 7 March 2011, moving to 5:30pm AEDT on 10 December 2012; each episode was repeated the following afternoon, and the final episode aired on 11 November 2013. The next day, the channel returned to episode one at 3pm AEDT, moving to 1pm AEST on 7 July 2014. Foxtel held unlimited screening rights to the series until 2017, and the series' popularity on 111 inspired plans for a modern-day remake.
Believing that Prisoner would resonate with new audiences, in 2010 111 group programming director Darren Chau planned to replay the series against the introduction of digital channel Eleven and Network Ten's plan to move Neighbours to Eleven. The channel ran a promotional campaign highlighting the rerun, with a new version of the theme song by Ella Hooper and a cast reunion.
Awards and nominations
- Best Lead Actress in a Series — Carol Burns (1980)
- Best New Drama Series — Prisoner (1980)
- Best Lead Actress in a Series — Sheila Florance (1981)
- Best Drama Program — Prisoner (1981)
- Most Popular Show in Victoria — Prisoner (1981)
- Most Popular Actress — Val Lehman (1982)
- Best Lead Actress in a Series — Val Lehman (1982)
- Best Drama Program — Prisoner (1982)
- Best Lead Actress in a Series — Val Lehman (1983)
- Best Supporting Actress in a Series — Sheila Florance (1983)
- Most Popular Show in Victoria — Prisoner (1985)
- Nominated:—Best Supporting Actress in a Series — Colette Mann (1981)
- Nominated:—Best Supporting Actor in a Series — Gerard Maguire (1981)
- Nominated:—Best Lead Actress in a Series — Betty Bobbitt (1982)
- Nominated:—Best Lead Actress in a Series — Maggie Kirkpatrick (1984)
- Nominated:—Best Supporting Actress in a Series — Gerda Nicolson (1985)
- Nominated:—Best Performance by a Juvenile — Robert Summers (1985)
- Nominated:—Most Popular Actress in a Series — Maggie Kirkpatrick (1986)
- Best Sustained Performance by an Actress in a Series — Carol Burns (1979)
- Special Commendation Outstanding Ensemble Acting — Val Lehman, Sheila Florance, Colette Mann and Betty Bobbitt (1981)
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series — Anne Phelan (1984)
- Best Series Actress — Anne Phelan (1985)
- Best Sustained Performance — Gerda Nicolson (1985)
- Certificate of Commendation — Maggie Kirkpatrick (1985)
- Certificate of Commendation — Genevieve Lemon (1985)
- Certificate of Commendation — Joy Westmore (1985)
- Best Drama Serial — Prisoner (1986)
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Series — Glenda Linscott (1986)
- Sammy Awards
- Best Actress in a Series — Sheila Florance (1980)
- For a complete listing of directors and writers, see http://www.wwwentworth.co.uk/writdirx.htm
- "Women Behind Bars" would later be used in the US as a subtitle to a series of paperback novelisations released by Pinnacle Books (see Books section below).
- Peta Toppano's first name was spelled in the closing credits as "Peita", her actual spelling. Both "Peta" and "Peita" are used in other television programs, movies, and magazine articles.
- 27 February 1979 was when the series debuted on ATV-10 as a two-hour special; the show had its national debut in Sydney on TEN-10 the night before on 26 February, where it was televised as a two-part premiere, with the second part seen on 27 February.
- In some areas of Australia, the Prisoner finale did not air until well into 1987. One example is in Sydney, in which TEN-10 did not screen the final two episodes until 29 September 1987, where they aired in a late-night slot at 11:05 p.m.; two years earlier, TEN-10 began airing Prisoner once a week, instead of twice. In some areas of Australia, Prisoner was taken off the air long before the final episode; examples include Perth, where Nine Network station STW-9 cancelled the series after Episode 542. (STW and Seven Network outlet TVW-7 shared Network Ten's programming until the sign-on of NEW-10 in 1988.)
- "A tough role for Lovely Peita". wwwentworth.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Lane, Richard (1991). Prisoner: Cell Block H. Thames Mandarin. ISBN 0-749309296.
- Bourke, Terry (1990). Prisoner Cell Block H: Behind the Scenes. London: Angus and Robertson (UK).
- Lane, Richard "Prisoner :Cell Block H" published by London Thames Mandarin
- "Prisoner: Eight Years Inside". Aussie Soap Archive. Retrieved 7 December 2006.
- Beirne, Rebecca (2008). Lesbians in Television and Text after the Millennium. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 35. ISBN 9780230615014. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Kingsley, Hillary. Prisoner Cell Block H: The Inside Story. Boxtree Ltd (15 November 1990). ISBN 978-1852831134. Pages 51–53
- Anderson, Scott. Campbell, Barry. Cope, Rob. Behind the Bars: The Unofficial Prisoner Cell Block H Companion. Tomahawk Press; UK ed. edition (12 August 2013). ISBN 978-0956683441. Pages 49 & 60
- Norman Chance Who was Who on TV, Volume 3, p. 65, at Google Books
- Horace Newcomb (editor) Encyclopedia of Television (1997 ), p. 1828, at Google Books
- Kingsley, Hillary. Prisoner Cell Block H: The Inside Story. Boxtree Ltd (15 November 1990). ISBN 978-1852831134.Pages 51–53
- Lane, Richard, "Prisoner Cell Block H", published by Thames, London 1991
- Sydney Morning Herald, The Guide supplement, 28 September 1987, p. 10
- Who's Who at Wentworth: Episode 542
- "Willow B: Women in Prison". IMDb. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 11 April 2012.
- Knox, David (29 November 2012). "Anne Charleston guests in Wentworth". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Josie (5 March 2012). "Josie's Juice: 'Prisoner' is back: as 'Wentworth'". josiesjuice.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- "Prisoner remake Wentworth". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- Knox, David (4 October 2012). "Wentworth cast on the inside". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Production commences on Wentworth Season 7". Showcasechannel.com.au. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
- Betty Bobbitt official website
- DVD releases:
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 1". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 2". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 3". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 4". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 5". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 6". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 7". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner: Cell Block H – Season 8". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
- "Prisoner Worldwide". Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "'Lily Savage' star takes over as Chitty Childcatcher – News". whatsonstage.com. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
- "Cell Block The Great Escape 1990". YouTube. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- "Prisoner Cell Block H Tour 1990: The Great Escape [VHS]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- "Connections". IMDb. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- "Episode 1". wwwentworth.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Eve's hanging cut on ITV Tyne Tees". YouTube. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Prisoner Cell Block H – ITV introduction to final episode UK". YouTube. 14 April 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- The Times 1984 - 1999.
- Melbourne Age 1978 - 1986
- The Times 1984 - 1997, Yorkshire Post 1984 - 1997, Telegraph and Argus 1984 - 1997, Hull Daily Mail 1984 - 1997 Lincolnshire Echo 1984 - 1997 .
- The Times 1985 - 1999, TV Times Channel Edition 1986, Southern Daily Echo 1985 - 1999, Portsmouth News 1985 - 1999 The Argus (Brighton) 1985 - 1999 .
- The Times 1986 - 1999, TV Times Channel Edition 1986, Southern Daily Echo 1986 - 1999, Portsmouth News 1986 - 1999 The Argus (Brighton) 1986 - 1999 .
- The Times 1987 - 1997, Western Morning News 1987 - 1997 .
- The Times 1987 - 1991, 1993, 1994, Birmingham Post 1987 - 1991, 1993, 1994, Shropshire Star 1987 - 1991, 1993, 1994, Lincolnshire Echo 1987 - 1991, 1993, 1994, Peterborough Evening Telegraph 1987 - 1991, 1993, 1994 .
- The Times 1987 - 1998, TV Times London, Radio Times London 1987 - 1998, Evening Standard 1987 - 1998.
- The Times 1987 - 1996, The Herald (Glasgow) 1987 - 1996, Evening Times 1987 - 1996, Edinburgh Evening News 1987 - 1996, The Courier 1987 - 1996 Press and Journal (Scotland) 1987 - 1996, Belfast Telegraph 1987 - 1996 .
- "Who's Who in Wentworth". zahid.john.zen.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Channel Five Soaps". Atvtoday.com. 15 August 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Prisoner Cell Block H – Pot Noodle adverts". YouTube. 22 November 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- "Prisoner Cell Block H funny commentary- Channel 5, 2 endings from the 500". YouTube. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
- TV Week supplement in The Sun, San Bernardino, CA, 5 August 1979. (via newspapers.com)
- "Pay Row is Settled", TV Week, 28 August 1979
- Television listings in St. Petersburg Times, 16 September 1980 (via Google News)
- Television listings in Minneapolis Tribune, 31 October 1980
- TV Week supplement in The Sun, San Bernardino, CA, 14 September 1980. (via newspapers.com)
- Who's Who at Wentworth: Episode 258
- Preview supplement in The Daily Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, 3 April 1982. (via newspapers.com)
- Television listings in Evening Independent, 2 September 1985 (via Google News)
- The Ottawa Citizen, 10 September 1979, p.12 (via Google News)
- TV Times section in the 1 December 1979 edition of The Windsor Star (via Google News)
- The Ottawa Citizen, 23 September 1980, p.66 (via Google News)
- TV Times magazine in The Ottawa Citizen, 6 March 1982 (via Google News)
- TV Times magazine in The Ottawa Citizen, 8 January 1983 (via Google News)
- TV Times magazine in The Ottawa Citizen, 1 October 1983 (via Google News)
- The Windsor Star, 5 May 1980, p.11 (via Google News)
- TV Week magazine in The Vancouver Sun, 12 September 1980 (via Google News)
- "Re-live one of Australia's best dramas – Foxtel Insider – What's On". FOXTEL. 3 March 2011. Archived from the original on 19 May 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Knox, David (3 March 2011). "Prisoner cast reunite on the inside". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- Knox, David (4 March 2012). "Foxtel to remake Prisoner". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "1980 Logie Award Winners". Australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
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