Payday Loans
Carole Skinner

  1. Val Lehman, Prisoner (UK/US: Prisoner: Cell Block H, TV, Australia, 1979-1983.    “If prison is hell for a man, imagine what it’s like for a woman...” The top four  contenders for the top dog of Melbourne’s high security Wentworth Detention Centre - Queen Bea Smith - were Skinner, Lehman, Betty Bobbitt, Maggie Kirkpatrick. They were all booked! Val won Bea. Carole was the murderess Nola McKenzie. The Manhattan-born Betty  played  Judy Bryant, an American ex-pat lesbian who gets herself jailed  to be with her drug-dealer girlfriend (shades of Maria Schneider in Rome, 1975). And Maggie was the corrupt, lesbian warder, Joan “The Freak” Ferguson. Inspired by the UK 70 ’s Within These Walls, the huge down-under success was booked in 1979 for 16 episodes - finally folding after 692.  Producer Reg Watson then created Neighbours…  still  running after 7,000 episodes!  (Only Canada dared sexploit  the title: Caged Women). 

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