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Three new male (!) prisoners arrive in Wentworth - 1984,
This review is from: Prisoner Cell Block H: Volume 16 [DVD] (DVD)
Volume 16 of the ongoing Prisoner: Cell Block H release features another 32 episodes (481 - 512) as originally seen in Melbourne Australia's Channel 10 between August 1984 and February 1985. The first UK screening of these episodes was in the Midlands between June and September 1990 followed by the rest of the country from 1993 onwards. These episodes were never screened in the ITV Border region as they skipped around 70 episodes to screen episodes simultaneously with their neighbour Granada in autumn 1993.
The major cliffhanger celebrating a 500 episode achievement for the series is a decent storyline involving Governor Anne Reynolds (the late Gerda Nicolson) and Meg Morris (Elspeth Ballantyne). Meg herself is only just getting over a horrible ordeal at the start of this discset.
Wentworth hosts a dance marathon, an officer finds herself clinging for life from the catwalk, one of the residents finds herself having her hair shaven off by the other women, and there's the possibility that Joan Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) could become governor of Wentworth! There's also a new top dog at the end of this discset.
Departing in this set is Heather Rodgers (Victoria Nicholls) only to be replaced by Len Murphy (the late Maurie Fields).
New arrivals in Wentworth include Lexie Patterson (Pepe Trevor), Kerryn Davies (Jill Foster), Sam Greenway (Robyn Gibbes), Yemil Bakarta (Maria Mercedes), three male (!) prisoners also arrive - Matt Delaney (Peter Bensley), Geoff McRae (Les Dayman) and Frank Burke (Trevor Kent). We also say goodbye for the final time to Pixie Mason (Judy McBurney).
A month after the last episode on this discset, a new soap opera Nighbours began in Melbourne on Channel 7. Within two years Neighbours would go on to oust Prisoner from it's Channel 10 studios and would go onto becoming a megahit in the UK.