Former Prisoner star Val Lehman today announced a 40th Anniversary Fan Event in Melbourne to celebrate the iconic TV show turning 40. A number of much-loved cast members will reunite at a Melbourne (CBD) venue on Sunday 24th February 2019 giving fans from all over the world an opportunity to meet the actress’ responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters ever to appear on television.
Val commented "Prisoner fans world wide have been begging me for a 40th Anniversary celebration after the success of my last big event in 2009 for the 30th! With a cast list of 13 and capacity for 300 fans it's going to be BIG! I can promise a few surprises. I'm happy to announce the cast are looking forward to it too. Sadly our numbers are now dwindling, well we're all getting on. This is definitely the last Prisoner event I will be mounting… so don’t let me down.” she joked.
Cast members in attendance will include Val Lehman (Bea Smith), Event MC Jane Clifton (Margo Gaffney), Maggie Kirkpatrick (Joan 'The Freak’ Ferguson), Colette Mann (Doreen Anderson), Fiona Spence (Vera Bennett, a.k.a. 'Vinegar Tits’), Patsy King (Governor Erica Davidson), Amanda Muggleton (Chrissie Latham), Betty Bobbitt (Judy Bryant), Anne Phelan (Myra Desmond), Jentah Sobott (Mouse), Jacqui Gordon (Susie Driscoll), Maxine Klibingaitis (Bobbie Mitchell) and (the one and only gent) flown in especially from Arizona, Gerard Maguire (Deputy Governor Jim Fletcher a.k.a. Fletch the Letch) * Confirmed cast members appearance is subject to change due to work or illness.
“You’ll also be able to check out the new Prisoner action figure DOLLS at my Event, maybe you'll win a set as well as meeting the woman who created them.” Lehman continued. "Come and help us celebrate Australia's most internationally recognised, awarded, celebrated and ground-breaking TV series ever… and there will be more so don't miss out.” she teased.
Prisoner premiered on Network Ten on 27th February 1979 and was set in the fictional women's prison, Wentworth Detention Centre. It featured a predominantly female cast – unique for its time on Australian television. The 11-times Logie-winning show was particularly successful in the UK where it reached cult status and was the first Australian drama series broadcast in prime time in the United States.
40TH ANNIVERSARY FAN EVENT
Sunday 24th February 2019 - Melbourne (CBD Venue)
(MC Jane Clifton, Event Manager Joanne Lehman, Photographer Cassie Lehman)
* Profit raised by the Event will benefit Positive Women (Support and advocacy for women living with HIV) and Australia Zoo
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