Prisoner: Cell Block H - looking back at the show




Remember Queen Bea, the Freak, and, er 'Vinegar Tits'? We revisit the joys of Aussie women’s prison drama, Prisoner: Cell Block H

Britain, you sent Australia your convicts. In return, we sent you a TV show celebrating them.

Strap on your nostalgia goggles, it’s time to revisit one of the most bizarre, violent, lesbian-fetishy-heart-warming dramas ever created.

Prisoner: Cell Block H (known simply as Prisoner in Australia) was a daring, one-hour show set in Wentworth Detention Centre, a fictional women’s prison that provides the one-word title of the original show's modern-day revival. It ran for 692 episodes from February 1979 until December 1986. It hitched a ride on the coat-tails of the successful British show Within These Walls, with a notable difference. The focus of Prisoner was mostly on the inmates, not the wardens.

The opening was short and punchy - a quick recap of the previous
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Top 50 terrifying TV characters




Jokers, circus masters and demonic dolls. Which TV characters terrify you? Den Of Geek asked its writers that very question…

The subconscious is a terrible place; dark, mysterious and peopled by spectres from the past. As a bit of a laugh then, we sent our writers journeying into theirs and asked them to drag out any TV terrors they found lurking in the shadows.

Some television fears had been ensconced there since childhood, others were more recent tenants. Some were morally terrifying; human beings with icy hearts capable of atrocities, others were simply… atrocities.

Join us as we count down in order of terror from the sort-of-creepy to the downright terrifying, the 50 TV characters that, for whatever reason, give our writers chills. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to fill in gaps by adding your own peculiar television nightmares below…

50. Charn -
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‘Prisoner’ Actress Who Played Molester Found Guilty of Child Molestation

  • The Wrap
Maggie Kirkpatrick, who played Joan “The Freak” Ferguson on cult Australian series “Prisoner,” has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a troubled teenage fan in the 1980s. The 74-year-old Australian actress’ prison guard character was feared by viewers for her sadistic nature and habit of molesting inmates under the guise of conducting body searches. In real life, Kirkpatrick was found guilty Thursday of two counts of indecent assault and one charge of committing a gross act with a person under 16, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. Also Read: Subway Guy Jared Fogle Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography, Sex Acts
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In The Flesh, American Horror Story, Wentworth: Tube Talk Q&A

Should you good, honest, hard-working telly-watching folk really have to pay for the latest in telly scoop and UK air-dates? The Tube Talk Q&A team says... no!

Now we're not suggesting you pilfer a listings mag from your local newsagent - keep it right here for the all the latest (free!) TV buzz. All we ask for in return is your appreciation.

Any news on a third season of In The Flesh?

Oh qwerty21 - we wish we had good news for you, oh how we wish! But BBC Three is keeping schtum on the fate of In The Flesh, its superb reinvention of the zombie genre.

When director of BBC Televison Danny Cohen spoke recently about BBC Three shows transitioning to the major channels, In The Flesh didn't come up - with Cohen singling out Our War and The Call Centre at the Edinburgh TV Festival.

But don't
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Six to watch: Prison series

With Prisoners' Wives locking in the viewers, we look at which prison-set shows are key and which are past their cell-by date

With Prisoners' Wives proving surprisingly gripping, Jj Abrams' new drama Alcatraz set to start on Watch next month and NBC developing a Us remake of Bad Girls, it seems that the prison drama has found a new lease of life. So here's our guide to six of the best prison-set series. Let us know what we missed out below.

Oz (1997-2003)

There are prison shows and then there is Oz. Tom Fontana's unholy tale of life in the Oswald State Correctional Facility was the first drama series produced for HBO and remains one of its best. This was the prison drama at its most stripped down: bloody and brutal, and featuring astonishing performances from the likes of Dean Winters (cocky Ryan O'Reilly), Christopher Meloni (smouldering Chris
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Stars of Harry Potter, Merlin, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and V at Winter Memorabilia Show

The full line-up of guests has been announced for the Winter Memorabilia Show 2010, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, this coming weekend (November 20-21)

They include Angel Coulby (above) and Rupert Young from the BBC series Merlin and Tommy Knight and Anjili Mohindra from Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Hollywood actors coming to the event include David Warner (pictured below left) - whose five decades in the industry have seen him in films such as Time Bandits, Tron, The Omen, Titanic and Planet of the Apes - and David Bradley, best known for playing cantankerous caretaker Argus Filch (below right) in the Harry Potter movies. Also attending is Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Filius Flitwick in the Potter films and whose other credits include Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Willow and the Leprechaun series.

TV stars making the trip to Birmingham include Richard Herd and Andrew Prine,
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