Maggie Kirkpatrick

  1. Fiona Spence, Prisoner (UK/US: Prisoner: Cell Block H, TV, Australia, 1979-1985.    “If prison is hell for a man, imagine what it’s like for a woman…” Maggie (and Val Lehman)  auditioned for Vera Bennett,  the most acidic warder in Melbourne’s high security Wentworth Detention Centre. 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 to Cormanise  the title:  Caged Women). 
  2. Val Lehman, Prisoner (UK/US: Prisoner: Cell Block H, TV, Australia, 1979-1983.      Next, Maggie (like Val Lehman) was seen for the jail’s top dog, Queen Bea Smith. Lehman won and ruled the series – having  battles galore with Maggie’s black-gloved, sinister, corrupt, lesbian warder, Joan “The Freak” Ferguson… abusing prisoners during unofficial body searches and taking a cut on all the rackets.  Maggie reprised  The Freak in a 90s’ UK musical based on the series. Val Lehman criticised the show having Lily Savage in the show – what was a a drag queen doing  in a women’s prison?

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