Prisoner is an Australian television soap opera, created by Reg Watson, which broadcast on Network Ten from 1979 to 1986, lasting eight seasons and 692 episodes, the series was produced by the Grundy Organisation and was filmed at the then Network Ten Melbourne Studios at Nunawading and on location.
Reginald James Watson was an Australian pioneering television producer and screenwriter, best known for creating Crossroads, described as Britain's "first true soap opera", and Australian serials such as Prisoner, Sons and Daughters and Neighbours.
A soap opera, soap, or soapie, is a serial drama on television or radio which examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands.
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It follows the lives of the prisoners and staff of the fictional high-security wing of a women's prison, called "H Division" within "The Wentworth Detention Centre", which was set in a fictional suburb called "Wentworth" in Melbourne, Victoria, numerous scenes also took place outside the compound exploring the lives of the inmates and staff outside of the centre, and in particular "Driscoll House", a half-way house where inmates were housed after being released, or neighbouring correction institutions like "Barnhurst" and "Blackmoor".
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When first conceived as a stand-alone miniseries of 16 episodes, the popularity began to grow beyond its expectations, and it eventually developed into an ongoing series.
It has since endured enormous success worldwide, acquiring cult classic status, particularly for its somewhat outrageous acting and plotlines.
Its cultural impact has inspired several contemporary adaptations, including the equally-successful series Wentworth.