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Saturday 5 March 2011

Prisoner returns to TV: launch photos

Prisoner is returning to the Australian small screen from Monday March 7.

The cast are featured here at an event in Melbourne earlier this week to celebrate the return of Prisoner to television (MC'ed by TV guru Andrew Mercado).

Based around the lives of the staff and inmates at a high security all female prison, Wentworth Detention Centre, Prisoner was an instant hit among viewers with its winning formula of power struggles for ‘Top Dog’ status (that was usually Bea Smith), escape attempts, drug taking, alcohol-making and murder.

Prisoner also tackled the big issues: suicide, homosexuality, domestic violence and social reform.

Alex Ristevski, Channel Manager 111 HITS said, “This show is as iconically Australian as Vegemite, but with greater export success. I hope a new generation will get to enjoy and appreciate it as much as we did.”

The 692 episode series cemented a place in history with characters such as inmates “Queen Bea” Smith, Doreen Anderson, Franky Doyle, Chrissie Latham, Margot Gaffney, Gladys “Marilyn” Mason and the much loved Lizzie Birdsworth along with prison guards aka ‘screws’, Meg Jackson, Vera “Vinegar Tits” Bennett, Joan “The Freak” Ferguson and Jim “Fletch the Letch” Fletcher.

You can see the original series photos here: http://josiesjuice.blogspot.com/2011/03/prisoner-returns-to-tv-on-111-hits.html

Singer songwriter Ella Hooper from The Verses has re-recorded a version of the theme song “On The Inside” to celebrate the return of Prisoner. “On The Inside” by Ella Hooper can be seen on www.facebook.com/111HITS or www.youtube.com/111Hits.

Prisoner will screen nightly on 111 Hits from Monday March 7, 2011 at 6.30pm.

(All launch photos by: Laurent Villeseche).

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