Australian Soap Set In A Women's PrisonOriginally devised as a 16 part mini-series, PCBH eventually ran to 692 episodes over 7 years from 1979 to 1986 in Australia, where it was known simply as 'Prisoner'. It ran in the UK during the 1990s, where the title was extended to 'Prisoner Cell Block H' to avoid confusion with another series called 'The Prisoner'. It also ran in a few other countries under various titles. In the UK it went out late at night, so it missed the mainstream audience but acquired a substantial cult following.
The series was filmed at the Channel 10 studios in Nunawading, where the ouside of the studio building, with four rows of mock up windows, represented the prison. The quality of the writing, directing, acting, etc. could range anywhere from brilliant to total crap. A lot of times actors would be recycled, appearing throughout the series as different characters. But it was addictive. Once you were hooked you were hooked.
Did you ever watch PCBH? If so, share your memories: favourite actors, characters, story lines etc. Alternatively, worst actors, characters, etc. Would you like to see it again? The whole series can be found on youtube.com, all 692 episodes. As a taster, here's a bit of the first episode:
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