Prisoner (TV series)
Prisoner, is an Australian soap opera set in a fictional women's prison, called Wentworth Detention Centre, located in the fictitious Melbourne suburb of Wentworth. The change of title for overseas broadcasts was brought about by a copyright injunction through television production company ITC Entertainment, who thought the title was too similar to their program entitled The Prisoner; the series was produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. It aired on Network Ten, which broadcast 692 episodes between February 27, 1979, December 11, 1986; the series was filmed at the Network Ten Melbourne Studios at Nunawading and on location. It was planned as a 16-part stand-alone series; the show was viewed in numerous countries. In the United Kingdom, it was shown twice in its entirety—first from 1988–1995 on ITV, again from 1997–2001 on Channel 5; the show launched various spin-offs, including tie-in novels. Prisoner was created by Reg Watson, who had produced the British soap opera Crossroads from 1964 to 1973 and would create Australian soaps The Young Doctors and Daughters and Neighbours.
Inspired by the British television drama Within These Walls, the show was conceived as a 16-episode series, with a pilot episode bearing the working title "Women Behind Bars". Its storylines focused on the lives of the prisoners and, to a lesser extent, the officers and other prison staff; when the initial episodes met an enthusiastic reception, it was felt that Prisoner could be developed into an ongoing soap opera. The early storylines were developed and expanded, with assistance from the Corrective Services Department; the show's themes radical, included feminism and social reform. Prisoner began in early 1979 with the advertising slogan, "If you think prison is hell for a man, imagine what it's like for a woman"; the series examined how women dealt with incarceration and separation from their families, the common phenomenon of released inmates re-offending. Within the prison, major themes were interpersonal relationships, power struggles and rivalries; the prisoners became a surrogate family, with self-styled "Queen Bea", Bea Smith and the elderly "Mum" Brooks emerging as central matriarch figures.
Several lesbian characters were introduced on the show, including prisoner's Franky Doyle, (played by Carol Burns and Judy Bryant, as well as corrupt and sadistic officer Joan Ferguson. Characters and story exposition were often'retconned' in order to expand potential storylines. There was a men's prison "next door" to Wentworth, but it was never mentioned again after the early episodes. Barnhurst was a co-ed prison, soon becoming a women's facility, its security status varied with it being described as an'open prison farm' by the end of the run. Although Blackmoor Prison was described as a brand new, state-of-the-art maximum-security prison, it was depicted as a Victorian-era workhouse when seen. Wentworth was variously described as either new or built during World War II, with aged infrastructure. During the show's run, several recurring characters were played by multiple actors. Meg Morris' son and stepdaughter, Marty Jackson and Tracey Morris, were each played by multiple different actors - Ronald Korosy, Andrew McKaige & Michael Winchester as Marty, Sue Devine & Michelle Thomas as Tracey.
In the closing year, Nicki Paull's character Lisa Mullins was taken over by Terrie Waddell. Viewers' introduction to the Wentworth Detention Centre featured the arrival of two new prisoners, Karen Travers and Lynn Warner. Travers was charged with murdering her husband in a crime of passion after he was found in-bed with another woman, whilst Warner insisted she was innocent despite her conviction for the abduction and attempted murder of a child. Both women were sent to the prison's maximum-security wing, where they were horrified by their new surroundings. Karen, was confronted with a former lover— in prison doctor Greg Miller — and was sexually harassed by violent lesbian cellmate Franky Doyle. Lynn was ostracised by the other prisoners because of her crime and terrorised by Bea Smith who burnt her hand in the laundry's steam press in one of the series' most iconic early scenes. Other, less volatile prisoners included elderly, garden-loving Jeanette "Mum" Brooks, incarcerated for the euthanasia of her husband who had terminal cancer, teddy-clutching misfit and childlike Doreen Anderson, alcoholic former cook recidivist Lizzie Birdsworth, who poisoned a group of shearers and seductive prostitute Gladys "Marilyn" Mason, who seduced prison electrician Eddie Cook.
The prison officers included firm-but-fair well-heeled governor Erica Davidson. Early episodes featured a high level of violence: Lynn Warner's press burning.
Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985, it was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk and solve their problems together. Seven decided to commission the show following the success of Watson's shorter-lived soap Sons and Daughters, which aired on the network. Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it; the show was bought by rival network Ten. After taking over production of the show, the new network had to build replica sets because Seven destroyed the originals to prevent its rival from obtaining them. Ten began screening Neighbours on 20 January 1986, beginning where the previous series left off and commencing with episode 171. Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and in 2005, it was inducted collectively into the Logie Hall of Fame.
The show's storylines concern the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The series centres on the residents of Ramsay Street, a short cul-de-sac, its neighbouring area, the Lassiters complex, which includes a bar, cafe, police station, lawyers' office and park. Neighbours began with three families created by Watson -- the Robinsons and the Clarkes. Watson said; the Robinsons and the Ramsays were involved in an ongoing rivalry. Pin Oak Court, in Vermont South, is the real cul-de-sac that has doubled for Ramsay Street since 1985. All of the houses featured are real and the residents allow the production to shoot external scenes in their yards; the interior scenes are filmed at the Global Television studios in Forest Hill. Through its entire run in Australia, Neighbours has been screened as a twenty-two-minute episode each week night in an early-evening slot. Neighbours moved to Ten's digital channel, Eleven on 11 January 2011, it is broadcast each weeknight at 6:30 pm.
The show is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and has been sold to over sixty countries around the world, making it one of Australia's most successful media exports. Neighbours was first screened in the United Kingdom in October 1986 on BBC1 where it achieved huge popularity among British audiences in the late 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, it moved to the UK's Channel 5. From 2018, the show became the first Australian drama to air all year round after securing a new deal with Channel 5. Neighbours was created in the early-to-mid-1980s by Australian TV executive Reg Watson. Watson decided to create a soap opera after working on Crossroads and seeing how successful it and Coronation Street were in Britain, he had created such successful Australian made soap operas as The Young Doctors and Sons and Daughters. Watson proposed the idea of making a show that would focus on more realistic stories and portray teens and adults who talk to each other and solve their problems together. Watson, who worked for the Grundy production company, decided to make his show appeal to both Australia and Britain.
In 2005, Darren Devlyn and Caroline Frost from the Herald Sun reported that Watson took his idea to the Nine Network in 1982, but it was rejected. Former Network Nine chief executive Ian Johnson commented that it was one of the "biggest missed opportunities" in his twenty-four years at the network, he added "I remember it being discussed, but I'm not sure what went against it. It may have had something to do with the fact we'd picked up Sale of the Century with Tony Barber in 1980 and it was doing huge business, so we didn't have a pressing need for a five-night-a-week show." Watson took his idea to the Seven Network, who commissioned the show, following the success of his other Seven Network soap opera and Daughters. Several titles for the show were discussed, including People Like Us, One Way Street, No Through Road and Living Together until the network programmers voted on Neighbours; the first episode was broadcast on 18 March 1985 and reviews for the show were favourable. However, the Melbourne-produced programme underperformed in the Sydney market and after a meeting of the general managers, Seven decided to drop the show in October 1985.
Seven's Melbourne programme boss, Gary Fenton said Sydney chief Ted Thomas told the other general managers that Seven could not afford three dramas and argued that the Sydney-based A Country Practice and Sons and Daughters be retained. Neighbours was bought by Seven's rival Network Ten; the new network had to build replica sets when it took over production after Seven destroyed the original sets to prevent the rival network obtaining them. Ten began screening the series with episode 171 on 20 January 1986. In 1986, the series was bought by the BBC as part of their new daytime schedule in the United Kingdom. Neighbours made its debut on BBC1 on 27 October 1986 starting with the pilot episode, it soon gained a loyal audience and the show became popular with younger viewers, before long was watched by up to 16 million viewers - more than the entire population of Australia at the time. In 1988 Neighbours became the only television show to have its entire cast flown over to the UK to make an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in front of the Queen.
Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and the seventh longest running serial drama still on the air in the world. In 2005, Neighbours celebrated its 20th anniversary and over twenty former cast members r
Sheila Canning is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Colette Mann. The character was teased by the show's executive producer Richard Jasek in January 2012; the following month Mann's casting was announced. She had appeared in the soap in 1995, temporarily taking over the role of Cheryl Stark for eight weeks. Mann made her debut screen appearance as Sheila during the episode broadcast on 3 May 2012. After taking a brief break to appear in a play, Mann was promoted to the regular cast. Sheila was created as a "warmer" version of a resident stickybeak. Sheila was introduced as the grandmother of established character Kyle Canning, she is the matriarch of the Canning family. She meddles in her family's business, believing she knows what is best for them. Mann described Sheila as being "pushy controlling – and a little bit of a gossip", while reporters called her "opinionated" and "over-affectionate". Sheila comes to Erinsborough to visit Kyle and she clashes with his girlfriend Jade Mitchell.
She develops a rivalry with Lou Carpenter. Sheila has had romantic relationships with Russell Brennan and Clive Gibbons. Further exploration of the character's background began with the introductions of her children Naomi Canning and Gary Canning in 2014; the character has been well received by critics. During a January 2012 interview with a TV Week writer, Neighbours executive producer Richard Jasek commented that viewers would see more of Kyle Canning's family, starting with the introduction of his grandmother in the year. Jasek said. On 8 February 2012, it was announced Colette Mann had rejoined the cast of Neighbours as Sheila Canning. Mann appeared in the show in 1995, when she temporarily took over the role of Cheryl Stark for eight weeks when Caroline Gillmer fell ill, she was one of three actresses. Mann stated that she was looking forward to working with Milligan, saying "Chris is a lovely boy, however like my sons, he'll wonder what has hit him after working with me for a few weeks." Mann made her screen debut as Sheila on 3 May 2012.
Sheila started out as a guest character, but become a member of the regular cast. Mann took a short break from Neighbours in July 2012 to appear in a play. Mann said that plans for her to appear in the play had been made before she took on the role of Sheila. Milligan confirmed that Mann had returned to filming in September 2012. In March 2013, Mann commented that she was enjoying working on Neighbours and things had become more natural now that there was a familiarity with Sheila; when asked if she had put her own stamp on Sheila, Mann explained that playing a regular character meant that she got to know them better than anyone and she had subconsciously added layers. She added that the directors allowed her "great leeway" with her lines. In October 2013, Susan Hill from the Daily Star reported that Mann had signed a new contract keeping her with Neighbours for another year. Mann confirmed that the original idea for Sheila was to be "a warmer Mrs Mangel" and the show's resident "nosy stickybeak".
Before her introduction, Sheila was described by a Herald Sun reporter as being "opinionated" and someone who would ruffle feathers. Susan Hill from the Daily Star commented that Sheila was "over-affectionate", but "lovable". In her newspaper column, Mann called Sheila "a pushy controlling – and a little bit of a gossip – grandmother." She wrote that she had to do "a great deal of research" as the character is so far removed from her own personality. Mann told TV Week's Andrew Mercado that Sheila's arrival would be like "a galleon in full sail" and that she loved injecting some humour into the show. Mann explained that she brought in for her comedic abilities, that she had based some aspects of Sheila's personality on her own mother. A writer for the show's official website revealed that Sheila was a widow who meddled in her family's business, they explained "If she knows what's best for her kids and grandkids – and she always does – she'll do whatever it takes to achieve it if that means being underhanded."Mann told an Inside Soap writer that Sheila was the matriarch of the Canning family, who loved her grandson Kyle "very much".
The actress suspected that Kyle was Sheila's favourite. Sheila likes to know what is happening to everyone else around her and is more than willing to offer her advice if it is asked for; the writer stated that while Sheila is not intellectual, she does have good instincts and "a sharp sense of humour". However, she is quick to make judgements about other people and has no time for political correctness. In March 2013, Mann called Sheila "a tough old bird" and quipped that she has some endearing characteristics, but they can be harder to find; the actress branded the character "a first-class meddler" and stated that she speaks her mind, one of the only things Mann has in common with her. After deciding to visit her grandson Kyle, Sheila turns up unannounced on his doorstep and is "thrilled" to see him. Mann thought that Sheila was getting sick of waiting for Kyle to visit her in Frankston, so she came to him instead. Sheila was interested in meeting Kyle's girlfriend, Jade Mitchell. Mann said that Sheila had heard a few things about Jade and had made her mind up about her already.
While looking around Kyle's handyman business, Sheila meets Kate Ramsay and mistakes
Cheryl Stark is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Caroline Gillmer. She debuted on-screen during the episode airing on 26 July 1993. Colette Mann took over the role for eight weeks from late 1995 to early 1996 whilst Gillmer was ill. In September 1996, Gillmer departed Cheryl was killed off; the character of Cheryl was created in 1993 as the head of a new family to be introduced, the Starks, was given an immediate link to existing character and son Darren Stark. Actress Caroline Gillmer auditioned for the role. Debuting on-screen, Cheryl moved into Ramsay Street with daughter Danni, son Brett, both new additions to the serial's cast. In 1995, Gillmer fell ill, during a time Cheryl was written to be a central figure in key storylines. Producers felt they had no alternative, but to temporarily recast her with former Prisoner actress Colette Mann; this made producers nervous that viewing figures might decrease, so they implemented a series of plots to keep viewers interested.
Mann took over the role for eight weeks. She revealed that she was started filming on the following Monday, she added "I walked in, Brett Blewitt said,'Hello, I'm your son!'. And it was,'Action!'" Cheryl was born to Hector and Marlene Kratz in 1950. When Cheryl was eleven years old, Marlene left Hector to raise Patrick. Cheryl grew up hating and resenting Marlene believing her to be dead. Cheryl met railway worker Maurie Stark and married him and they had four children. After Cheryl won $1.3m on the lottery, she bought The Manhattan bar in Erinsborough and sent Brett and Danni to boarding school. Cheryl first appears. Cheryl is attracted to him and begins pursuing him. Lou is resistant at first but gives in. Around this time, Darren is released from Juvenile Detention and comes to stay with Cheryl, renting Number 22 Ramsay Street. Darren convinces her he has turned over a new leaf, but little does Cheryl know he is using his release to drag his cellmate Michael Martin's sister, Debbie into a life of crime.
Darren's scheme is foiled and he is jailed, prompting Cheryl to wash her hands of him. Shortly after ending things with Lou, Cheryl heads off on a world cruise; when Cheryl returns, she is joined by Danni who have run away from boarding school. Cheryl, used to her independence, isn't keen to have the kids living with her but relents on the advice of Lou and agrees to enrol Brett and Danni at Erinsborough High. Cheryl and Lou rekindle their relationship in secret but when it is revealed, Brett accepts it while Danni is less than welcoming about it. However, Danni comes to respect Lou in time. Lou and Cheryl can not decide on the venue. Cheryl agrees to for her and her kids to move in with Lou, his daughter Lauren and lodger Rick Alessi. Cheryl discovers she is pregnant and worries about the complications of being an older mother. Lou proposes and Cheryl accepts, however they both agree to continue cohabiting. While arguing with Michael's stepmother, Julie about Michael and Danni's relationship, Cheryl is knocked down when Julie accidentally reverses her car into her, putting the baby in danger.
Cheryl and the baby are soon out of danger. Cheryl is allowed out of hospital for a day visit and comes face to face with Marlene after more than a quarter century; the meeting between the two women is frosty to begin with but Annalise Hartman convinces Cheryl to make up with Marlene, as she never had the chance to make up with her mother, Fiona before she died. Cheryl gives birth to a daughter and decides to call her Shannon, but neighbour Gaby Willis has the same idea to use the name for her newborn son born on the same day. Both women, however opt to call their children by their middle names and Zac, respectively. Louise suffers breathing complications after her birth but is fine; when Lou begins acting suspiciously by arriving home late from work and making secret phone calls, Cheryl decides to follow him. One day, she spots him kissing a young Asian woman and confronts him about it. Lou reveals. Cheryl struggles to adjust to the new woman in his life and ends her relationship with Lou. However, she grows to accept Ling Mai in time.
Cheryl's next biggest challenge is her clash with Brett over his plans to go sailing around the world after finishing Year 12. This culminates in Brett having an affair with one of Cheryl's friends Judy Bergman. Bret leaves Erinsborough without saying goodbye to Cheryl and she is hurt. Cheryl flies out to Cairns to say goodbye. Upon hearing news that Brett has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling in Ecuador, Cheryl takes a flight there to bail him. En route to meeting Max Geppert, Brett's travel companion, Cheryl is kidnapped by rebels and held hostage. Lou brings her home; when Cheryl returns, she has adopted a change of image. When Lou talks to her about her experiences, Cheryl reveals she had an affair with one of her fellow captives; the couple separate and Lou moves up North to be near Lauren. After putting Number 22 up for sale and Louise move in with Marlene and they are joined by Darren (now pl
Bed of Roses (TV series)
Bed of Roses is an Australian comedy drama television series which first screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 10 May 2008. It was created by Jutta Goetze and Elizabeth Coleman. Bed of Roses is about Louisa Atherton handling her life after she discovers her husband has died in the arms of another woman, leaving her broke, she returns to her home town of Rainbow's End to live with Minna. Rainbow's End is in a'growth corridor' with neighbouring town of Indigo. Besides problems with Minna, Louisa encounters trouble with her teenage daughter Holly and local residents. Louisa has few financial assets except "Mary Kelly's Shack". Louisa decides to build a new house to sell. Holly has taken the death of her father hard and insists on carrying around his ashes. Louisa's irresponsible driving results in numerous traffic offences; the first season contained six 50-minute episodes, with the $5 million production being shot over nine weeks in the South Gippsland towns of Foster and Meeniyan, it has taken six years from its initial conception to final screening.
It has distinct overtones of Armstrong's previous ABC-TV series SeaChange. Bed of Roses aired on Saturday night on ABC at 7:30 pm; the ABC ordered 8 episodes for season two, up from 6 episodes for season one. Bud Tingwell and Philip Quast have joined the cast for the second season. Season two of Bed of Roses was filmed over five months in regional Victoria, Melbourne and in the ABC TV studios, Ripponlea. “We knew whilst making series one that we had something special on our hands and so went straight into developing a second series. The audience response was terrific both on ABC1 and Podcast". Head of ABC TV Drama, Miranda Dear, on announcing season two of the hit drama: Season Two of Bed of Roses is the story of a woman's search – and a community's search – for a workable identity in the 21st Century, it is a love story. Because whether you're 80, 50 or 17, none of us is immune to that infuriating, heating, frighteningly vulnerable sensation that renders us smiling, crying and hopeful, all in the same breath.
When you're not sure which man you're in love with. Season Three began filming in May 2010; the program was filmed over five months in regional Victoria, Melbourne and in the ABC TV studios, Southbank. For the second time the number of episodes will increase, with Season 3 to have 12 episodes and will begin airing 4 December 2010. Kerry Armstrong as Louisa Atherton widowed, returns to Rainbow's End. Becomes editor of The Rainbow Echo, responds to problems with Tim and Nick. Julia Blake as Minna Franklin, Louisa's mother, member of the Heritage Society. Renews friendship with Sandy, fights redevelopments. Caroline Gillmer as Marg Braithwaite, estranged wife of Gavin Braithwaite. Now a marriage celebrant, tries to gain Tim's interest. Hanna Mangan-Lawrence as Holly Atherton, Louisa's daughter, Indigo High year 11 student, works at Lim's. Now in year 12, becomes involved in local issues, misunderstanding with Sean. Jay Laga'aia as Nick Pickering, Louisa's old friend who runs Nick's Tyre Service. Goes out with Louisa, helps Holly with driving lessons.
Andrew S. Gilbert as Gavin Braithwaite, hardware store owner, local councillor. Continues self-promotion, buys The Rainbow Echo, appoints Tim as manager. Kaarin Fairfax as Deb Mathieson, new friend, worked on The Rainbow Echo, looks after injured wildlife. Runs a wildlife sanctuary, because of conflicting work hours sees less of husband Trev. Tim Phillipps as Sean Smithwick, undertakers' son, has a crush on Holly. Misunderstanding with Holly, drives undertaker's van. Dina Panozzo as Gemma O'Reilly, gym owner, old friend. Intimacy problems with husband Pat. HaiHa Le as Rita Lim, Rainbow Inn restaurant & Happy Nuggett mini-market manager, Gavin's girlfriend. Involved in community projects, new boyfriend is Chin. Charles "Bud" Tingwell as Sandy Wilsoncroft, Minna's old friend, has Alzheimer's disease. Gareth Yuen as Chin Tsung Chi, trying to find an ancestor, Rita's new boyfriend. Philip Quast as Tim Price, new manager of The Rainbow Echo, Louisa's boss. Dave Thornton as Shannon Atherton, Louisa's 24-year-old son, plays Aussie Rules football professionally.
Cameron McKenzie as'Young Cop', books Louisa for traffic offences, returns run-away Holly. Books Sean for driving while intoxicated – ticket withdrawn by Sergeant. Kallista Kaval as Wendy Watt,The Rainbow Echo editor, Louisa's boss. Leaves newspaper for a better offer. Richard Davies as'Rooster' McIver, football team captain, makes an advance on Holly, Marty's'chippie'. Greg Stone as Jack Atherton, Louisa's husband, dies of a heart attack. Jaqueline Brennan as Anna, Jack's girlfriend. Amanda Ma as Lily Lim, Rita's mother, Rainbow Inn restaurant & Happy Nuggett mini-market co-owner, disapproves of Gavin. Lawrence Mah as Wayne Lim, Rita's father, business co-owner, friendly with Gavin, proposes expanding shopping centre. Frank Magree as Marty Mason, a builder, Rainbow Roos' coach. A taxi driver, continues building projects for Gavin. Brandon Burns as Macca, Marty's labourer, turns 21. Susie Dee as Vivien Dixon, Minna's friend, member of the Heritage Society. Works at The Rainbow Echo, runs'Caring Caroline' column.
Geoff Morrell as Tibor Havel, a psychiatrist, Louisa's widowed neighbour. Leverne McDonnell as Robyn, Louisa's friend in Melbourne, offers her a job. Ronald Boyter as Clem Blackwell, R