Punishment (TV series)

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Punishment
GenreDrama
Soap opera
Created byReg Watson
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production company(s)Reg Grundy Organisation
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten
Original release20 February 1981 –
1981

Punishment is an Australian television soap opera made by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network in 1981.

Set in a fictional men's prison, the series attempted to present a male version of the internationally successful cult soap Prisoner, which was set in a woman's prison. Attempts by the show's makers to differentiate the series from Prisoner saw Punishment imbued with greater realism; however, the formula did not attract high viewing figures. Network Ten deemed the new series a failure after only three episodes had gone to air, and it was quickly removed from the schedules. The remainder of the 26 episodes produced were shown out-of-ratings later that year. Unusually for a soap opera, the series was taped using the single camera technique.[1]

Grundy produced Punishment mainly to complement Prisoner in international sales, to a point that the pilot was initially telecast in the United States before debuting in Australia. KTLA, the Los Angeles television station that helped launched Prisoner in the United States, originally expressed interest in doing the same with Punishment;[2] it is unknown if KTLA had screened any episodes of Punishment, in light of its failure on the Ten Network in Australia.

The programme created by Reg Watson was produced and directed by Alan Coleman. The regular cast featured many notable Australian actors. Mel Gibson played a prisoner in the first two episodes. Kris McQuade played the girlfriend of Gibson's character and was phased out of the series after the first few episodes due to Gibson's departure.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season # Episode # Title Director(s) Screenplay by Original Air Date
11TBATBATBA ()
Male version of 'Prisoner' and starring Robert Coleby, Mike Preston and Barry Crocker. Includes an appearance by Mel Gibson in this episode.
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Cast includes Anne Haddy, Terry Bader, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Julie McGregor, Jon Ewing, Kris McQuade
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Actors appearing in this episode : Barry Crocker, Jon Ewing, Cornelia Frances, Ron Graham, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Julie McGregor, Mike Prseton, Arthur Sherman, Michael Smith, George Spartels, James C Steele, Ross Thompson, Ken Wayne, Brian Wenzel, Penny Downie, Amanda Jane Trotter.
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Home media[edit]

Title Format Episodes Discs/Tapes Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Punishment (Complete Series) DVD 26 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Available At (National Film and Sound Archives)[edit]

Title Episodes NFSA Content Available For Viewing
Punishment 26/26 Episodes 01-26

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Episodes 01-17 (Episodes 01,05,11 & 12 Tape Format)

Episodes 21-26 (Episodes 02-04,06-10,13-17,21-26 Digital Format)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Mercado, Andrew. Super Aussie Soaps, Pluto Press Australia, 2004. ISBN 1-86403-191-3 p 154-156
  2. ^ "Men Behind Bars", TV Week, March 15, 1980

External links[edit]