Prisoner: Cell Block H

  • 1979

An Australian hit about incidents inside a women's prison, featuring often-sordid soap-opera tales of riots, hostage-taking, escape attempts, cell-block love affairs, assaults and power plays.

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Australian television was considerably brightened by the arrival of PRISONER CELL BLOCK H in 1979. Although the activities in a women's prison might sound like grim subject matter, the show carried a neat dose of kitsch value, thanks to some poorly constructed sets, and storylines which were often unfathomable. But this was coupled with an innovative--and daring for the time--use of lesbian characters, violence, and drug mishaps. Presented here are some of the best episodes from the show, beginning with four installments from the early days, which helped establish some of the key characters. Secondly, a major plot development is ushered in via a terrorist siege that took place in the prison, and finally the conclusion of the show is rendered in dramatic style, with a huge riot breaking out.

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  • Premiered: February 27, 1979
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: An Australian hit about incidents inside a women's prison, featuring often-sordid soap-opera tales of riots, hostage-taking, escape attempts, cell-block love affairs, assaults and power plays. (more)

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