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Forty years ago, on 27 February 1979, one of Australia’s most addictive soap operas debuted on Network Ten.

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Actress Maggie Kirkpatrick, interviewed by Andrew Mercado, talks about her work on the Australian soap opera PRISONER, playing corrupt officer Joan 'The Freak' Ferguson.

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Gerard Maguire (Jim Fletcher), Patsy King (Erica Davidson), George Mallaby (Paul Reid) shooting a scene at the Wentworth Detention Centre gate.

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This special edition of Open Air focused on the success of Australian soap operas in the United Kingdom.

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On the Inside is the main title theme from the 1979-1986 Australian soap opera Prisoner.

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Officer Joan Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) has been arrested for her complicity in the bank robbery executed by Rita Connors (Glenda Linscott).

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Joan Ferguson is transferred to another prison, as the Wentworth immates witness in silence.

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Rooftop protest rehearsal with Betty Bobbitt (Judy Bryant) and Val Lehman (Bea Smith). The scene is featured in episode 121.

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Sandy Gore (Kay White), Gerard Maguire (Jim Fletcher) and Jane Clifton (Margo Gaffney) during a break.

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On screen rivals, off screen friends: Fiona Spence (Vera Bennett) and Elspeth Ballantyne (Meg Morris-Meg Jackson) having a drink.