WHO'S WHO IN WENTWORTH
The characters and actors of Prisoner: Cell Block H
If you've been in Wentworth before you know the drill...Stand on
the white line ...
OR ... if you're new here, move further down the page
It's classic TV - the idea that it's total dross with moving scenery, terrible
dialogue and worse acting really won't stand up to examination...
...but it's probably true that most fans simply could not believe their
eyes and ears when confronted with their first episode... and stayed to
become utterly hooked. In other words, Cult TV.
The actors who've appeared in it get everywhere - in Australian soaps and
films especially. Also, there is a high "reappearance" rate for the actors
in very minor roles, and spotting them is all part of the fun.
It's complete - unlike other soap series, Prisoner actually finished in
a satisfying way and can be appreciated as a whole.
It's being shown again. When Channel 5 started in the UK at the end of
March 1997, Prisoner was scheduled to be shown every day, but at a ridiculous
hour of the early morning only accessible to video owners, shift workers
and insomniacs. Within a month, Channel 5 dropped the early Monday morning
episode. From the end of June 1997, it was moved to a more reasonable hour,
and shown on weekdays only at the rate of five episodes a week.
Between September 1st and December 30th 1997, this was cut back
further to 3 episodes a week - Monday to Wednesday only.
Between January 1998 and March 28th 1999, Prisoner moved back to the
early morning timeslot with five episodes a week - Tuesday, Wednesday,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
From April 1999, the weekday morning episodes were cut to make way for
extended sports coverage - Prisoner was shown twice a week on Saturday
and Sunday mornings.
The last two episodes were shown together on Sunday 11th February 2001.
So this is a complete and accurate guide to the whole series?
Erm... no, not quite. Although there is now a full
set of episode summaries, some of them are very brief and they will
be extended as Channel 5 broadcasts them. I still have quite a few missing
or incomplete credit sequences, though.
However, I'm pretty sure that most characters are in here somewhere,
and I've added some others using information in other
sources. There are about 2,300 character credits here, and about 1,300
And I'm still finding mistakes. If you spot any, I'd be grateful if
you let me know. Thanks again to those who've
How does it work?
There are basically two sets of pages: one for the actors and one for the
The actor pages are in alphabetical order
by surname. If you want to check up on a particular actor by name, use
the contents list to find the page you need.
The character pages are the same, but they
are in order by first name rather than surname.
I have adopted this system because many characters are only ever credited
by their first name. Even though their surname may appear frequently in
dialogue, it is not possible to establish a definitive spelling. I think
it's usually easier to remember first names anyway. However, if the character
is credited without a first name (e.g. Mr Gibson), then surname is used
instead. Generic descriptions like "Passerby" or job titles like "Magistrate"
are filed exactly as they are in the credits.
There are links from every character name to the actor's name and vice
versa so you can swap backwards and forwards between the two lists to see
instantly what other roles an actor played or find an explanation of who
a character was. You may have to wait a few seconds for the whole page
to load before the exact place is found.
There are also episode summaries for the
whole series. These contain a transcription of the credits for each episode,
with links to the actor and character pages for new characters and actors
playing more than one role.
I've not seen all of Prisoner - you're not going to give the plot away,
If you haven't seen the whole run of Prisoner, I can't guarantee that you
won't accidentally stumble across something that will ruin the surprise
of any particular plotline. I can only recommend that you find out which
episode number you are seeing currently in your region - the episode numbers
provided throughout will help if you wish to ignore anything later than
the episodes you have already seen. Longer entries for the major characters
are in a separate place that you have to choose to see. If you don't know
the ultimate ending of the series, I strongly
advise you to keep it that way - DON'T look
at the longer entries for Joan Ferguson, Ann Reynolds or Rita Connors.
Will you keep it up to date?
I will try to add the extended episode summaries at the end of the week
after the broadcast of the episodes. Links to new characters and actors
should also be updated at the end of each week. I'm always interested in
credits for episodes not shown yet...
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