Iconic 80s TV series set for reunion to celebrate 45 years since first episode

The iconic 80s TV series, Prisoner, is set to have a reunion to celebrate its 45th anniversary. The show first aired in 1979 and was the first Australian series to feature a mostly female cast.

The reunion will take place in February with stars like Maggie Kirkpatrick, Val Leham, Anne Charleston and others confirmed to attend. However, Colette Mann seems to be missing from the line-up.

Prisoner was set in a fictional correctional facility called Wentworth and followed the lives of women in prison. Some of the main cast included Elspeth Ballantyne, Sheila Flroance, Val Lehman, Gerard Maguire and Neighbours star Colette Mann.

Rowena Wallace and Desiree Smith appeared on The Morning Show to announce the news of the reunion.

Rowena said: "People enjoyed the character…. They ask some wonderful questions, some wacky ones some that I can't answer because I can't remember. And I have to explain that I'm getting old! But I love it. It's great."

It comes after much-loved TV show Neighbours made a surprise comeback earlier this year, despite the announcement of its 'last-ever episode' in 2022.

The soap, which has followed the lives of those living and working in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough since 1985, was dropped by Channel 5 after failing to secure new funding.

After an emotional goodbye last year, the drama has now returned on Amazon Freevee.

The return was announced with a social media clip featuring some familiar faces from the soap, plus The OC’s Mischa Barton has also joined the soap.

However, not everyone was pleased with the unexpected revival. Kylie Minogue, who reprised her role as Charlene Mitchell, reportedly felt misled by the sudden turnaround.

A source told The Mail on Sunday: "Kylie has apparently got a bit of the hump about it all. It's a case of why did she and others make the effort to go back. She and the others were told it was the end. She knows what she owes to Neighbours and she would have always done it, but it does all seem a little baffling."

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