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Behind the Bars: The Unofficial Prisoner Cell Block H Companion [Paperback]

Scott Anderson , Barry Campbell , Rob Cope
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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12 Aug 2013
Prisoner Cell Block H took the world by storm. Running from 1979 to 1986, 'Prisoner', as it was known in its home country, remains one of the most iconic and talked-about television serials to come from Australia, spanning a wonderful 692 episodes: each of them action packed, filled with gritty, intense storylines, some of the most wonderful characters ever created for TV soap, brought to life by a unique mainly female dominated cast whose portrayal of the 'old lags' are now nothing short of legendary. In this brand new book, Prisoner Cell Block H is remembered and celebrated by three people well known to the shows fans -- uniting fan club founders Scott Anderson and Barry Campbell with Rob Cope, this book features new and exclusive contributions from the shows cast, writers and crew. This Companion also takes a look at the theatre productions, hit theme song and world-wide fan following that have continued to make Prisoner one of the most celebrated television serials of all time. Packed with never before published photographs, this is one book that will be a must for any fan of the show! And if you are not a fan of the show, this book will tell you why Prisoner Cell Block H has become THE cult TV series! This is the ultimate guide to this incredible TV series.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Tomahawk Press (12 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956683444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956683441
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 19.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How wonderful that at last there is a book about my favourite television show of all time. Behind the Bars is a precious souvenir of an Australian masterpiece." --Dame Edna Everage

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Back in the 1980's the fourteen regional ITV companies gradually started airing a late night filler, Prisoner: Cell Block H which had been in production in Australia since 1978 and on Aussie screens since 1979. Between late 1984 and late 1989 more and more of the UK were given access to the Wentworth Detention Centre by weekly / twice weekly / thrice weekly screenings on TV. The series has had an enduring legacy and is still admired and loved by fans to this day, 27 years since production ended. The series is also available completely on DVD with 692 episodes available for fans to enjoy at their own pace.
This book has unearthed many previously unseen photos and some anecdote gems from the stars and crew of the production with many of the cast recalling events from over thirty years ago. There are some fantastic parts featuring some of the sadly missed performers such as Gerda Nicolson (Ann Reynolds) and Sheila Florance (Lizzie Birdsworth).
There is an episode guide at the end and chapters are broken down into the Australian season as the episodes were aired in Melbourne and Sydney.
This book is a MUST HAVE for any Prisoner fan. Recommended!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for wife 1 Nov 2013
By Waspie
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I have given it five stars as she hasn't put it down since receiving it.

So I will take that as a very good review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beg buy or STEAL a copy (and risk Solitary!) 3 Sep 2013
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It is well worth the price if you can afford it, and especially if you find a deal. Bursting with interesting facts, interviews and wonderful photos. Nothing like the two previous half-hearted, largely inaccurate books published in 1990. This has been compiled with great affection and diligent research. It really is much more than just a fan book. It is a wonderful insight into the creation of a television drama in late 70s early 80s Australia. Nothing was the same before or since, and how this particular show was created, broadcast and develpoed has been beautifully and lovingly captured in fine detail . A unique slice of television history, and very valuable for that. It is also, on another level, hugely entertaining and informative for any true blue fan of Prisoner Cell Block H - my only criticism might be that I don't recall seeing anything much dedicated to my favourite character, Mrs O'Regan!!!! I'll have to go and have another look! Like others, I couldn't really put it down. I have read pretty much most of it - apart from the useful complete episode synopses which appear as an appendix - (as I am about to re-view the whole series again, after a couple of years abstinence, on my Val Lehman signed DVDs (!) I don't want to remind myself of the storylines!) Now I can go back to the book and take a close look at all the unique and fascinating behind-the-scenes photographs. I cannot explain why this campy old series so grips and entertains me, but it does and I love it! Therefore, as a fully paid-up Prisoner anorak, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Five big, fat shining stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 12 Aug 2013
At long last we finally have a book about this brilliant and well loved show. I got this book and couldn't put it down. It has so many interesting story's and behind the scenes. A total must for all Prisoner fans. Get it now !!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 11 July 2014
By rick
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A very enjoyable read, with lots of interesting photos.

Richard Graty (Artist)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift for my wife 24 May 2014
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She loved it, so I will take her work for it and give this 5 stars. She enjoyed the series and found the book a useful source guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST FOR FANS 12 Mar 2014
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A really great book. I have waited so long for a decent book about one of my fave shows to come out and this is it. Tons of pictures and some really interesting information inside.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, insightful companion to the series. 24 Oct 2013
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This is the ultimate Prisoner guide: a thorough, insightful, companion to the series packed with rare black and white photos, new interviews with cast and crew and a guide through each year of production and beyond. Well worth investing in and unlikely to be bettered. Also contains short episode summaries for the entire series and character profiles for many main and guest characters.
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