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LAST NIGHT'S VIEW.

I'M beginning to see Prisoner: Cell Block H in a new light. The Aussie soap about life in a women's prison was always considered a bit of a joke but it is quality drama compared with Bad Girls (ITV).

The only thing to be said in favour of the new series is that the sets don't shake.

HMP Larkhall was more like a holiday camp than a women's jail. The prison officers got the girls out of bed with a cheery "Wakey! Wakey!""

It reminded me of Butlin's and The Billy Cotton Bandshow. I don't know what the dress code is for Holloway but at Larkhall inmates wore miniskirts and sexy tops.

It was too much for Principal Officer Jim Fenner (Jack Ellis) who turned out to be the chief screw in more ways than one.

The residents of G Wing were supposed to be an evil bunch but they didn't scare me.

The worst they did was force a young prisoner to give up her last fag and refuse her egg and sausage for breakfast.

New wing governor Helen Stewart (Simone Lahbib) got tough when the inmates kicked up a fuss over a girl who suffered a miscarriage in her cell.

Well she stamped her foot and cancelled their fashion show anyway.

The script was criminal and so was the acting. They should put producer Brian Park behind bars and throw away the key.

WHY Haringey Council were concerned about security at the home of madcap Mr Trebus in A Life Of Grime (BBC1) is a mystery.

There was nothing to steal but rubbish.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Purnell, Tony
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 2, 1999
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