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The Parthian Shot by Ian Bradley

May 26th, 2016

Almost 40 years ago Ian Bradley, the first producer and co-writer of Prisoner, helped to create an enduring legend that is still enjoyed by millions of people the world over. Now retired from the industry, he has turned his undeniable talent to the business of writing novels. His latest novel, The Parthian Shot, has just been released as an e-book and deals with themes he explored so successfully on the small screen several decades earlier. In his own words, Ian summarises the premise of his new novel:


BridgeHR_152600 (1)water Women’s Prison gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘Open Prison’.
Privately operated with an emphasis on cutting costs, it is understaffed, corrupt and leaks like a sieve. Drugs are habitually thrown in over the Perimeter Fence. Women on day release work at the local brothel. An inmate dies of a drug overdose and the Prison’s reaction is to simply cover it up.
Few women benefit from a stretch in Bridgewater, but Natalie Palmer, a heavily pregnant, young Identity Thief is determined to be the exception. With an expert knowledge of I.T. she can circumvent the prison’s antiquated security system and virtually has the run of the prison after lockdown at night; especially when the only two prison officers on duty are carrying on an illicit love affair in the Prison Sickbay.
Natalie can get anything in or out of the prison and has become Bridgewater’s main supplier. The problem is the women aren’t rich; the rewards are small. What Natalie needs is a rich women to be sent to Bridgewater; one who, in turn, will make Natalie rich. But she knows it is only a dream; rich people don’t go to prison.
Liz Wright isn’t rich, but her husband is. He’s a successful businessman who got rich by using women to unknowingly bring drugs into the country for him. When Liz is caught at Sydney Airport with two kilos of heroin in her suitcase, her husband deserts her and she ends up in Bridgewater.
Natalie tries to persuade her to disclose her husband’s bank details so she can clean him out but Liz has a better idea. She wants Natalie to get her out of the prison at night so she can rob her husband then get her back into prison before anybody realizes she has gone, thus giving herself the perfect alibi.
The women meticulously plan the robbery but they are surrounded by danger on all sides. A husband capable of murder, a corrupt prison officer, an inmate prepared to betray Liz to get her revenge, an agoraphobic prisoner afraid to go outside, let alone over the fence, and a policeman with a very personal reason to hate both Liz and her husband.
And if Natalie’s baby decides to arrive while the women are out over the fence, there is no way they can call for help.
Inspired by an Inquiry into a Death in Custody at a Privately Run Women’s Prison in Australia, “The Parthian Shot” is a new novel by the original producer and co-writer of Prisoner Cellblock H, Ian Bradley


The book can be purchased here.

Lunch with Gerard Maguire

July 2nd, 2013

TV Legends are delighted to announce that Gerard Maguire will be coming to the UK this September.  TV Legends will be hosting ‘Lunch With Gerard’ in Edinburgh on Saturday September 21st.  The Event will run from 12 noon until 5pm.  Ticket price for this event is £100 with a £50 deposit to secure your place. Food and Drink will be provided and this is your chance for a fantastic ‘meet and greet’ with one of ‘Prisoner’s’ well known characters!  You will also have the chance to purchase merchandise, and bring items from your own collection to be signed aswell as have your photo taken.


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Colleen Hewett – Kingston Arts Centre

October 24th, 2011

Australian icon and veteran performer, Colleen Hewett, will appear alongside The Heart ‘n’ Soul Band, providing guest vocals on some of the arrangements. This is a rare opportunity to hear her powerful, soulful voice as she performs a couple of her big hits. Winner of the much-coveted Melbourne Music Prize, master drummer David Jones will lead the band through a blistering set of classic hits and musical memories, spanning the last 40 years.


Prisoner fans will remember Colleen Hewell’s star turn as Sheila Brady and few will forget her beautiful rendition of fan favourite, Pixies Song.


With only two performances, it is vital that those wishing to attend should book early to avoid being disappointed.


Date: Saturday 29 October
Time: 5.00pm & 8.00pm
Tickets: full $40 / conc $30
Duration: 70 mins (no interval)
Venue: Kingston Arts Centre Theatre, 979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin, 3189.


December 14th, 2009

Alan Coleman has pioneered five nights a week fast turn around television drama around the world – the unique art form which is fondly referred to by viewers as ‘soap.’

In his autobiography which is entitled ‘One Door Shuts’, Alan lifts the lid on the serials which he has been associated with and also gives advice to actors wishing to break into this industry in a standalone section called ‘Take Five’ which is based on the training workshops which he has run on the sets of hit shows such as ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Shortland Street’.

Learn about Alan’s explosive early life in Birmingham, England when he saw his home being blown sky high and of his time spent in the air force and medical arena. Read how after staring death firmly in the face he joined ATV in the Midlands and became one of the original directors on ‘Crossroads’ which was the UK’s first five nights a week ‘soap.’

Alan talks about the acclaimed children’s series ‘Escape into Night’, ‘The Jensen Code’ and ‘Kids from 47A’ which he produced before being headhunted by Reg Grundy and taken out to Australia to help establish the Grundy Drama Department. Alan was the driving force behind the hit Grundy series ‘The Young Doctors’ and was also associated with other Grundy productions including ‘Class of 74’,  ‘Prisoner: Cell Block H’,  ‘Secret Valley’, ‘Case for the Defence’ and many others.

During his long and distinguished career he has Executive Produced serials including ‘Neighbours’ in Australia,  ‘Shortland Street’ in New Zealand,  ‘Unter Uns’ in Germany and ‘Goede Tijden – Slechte Tijden’ in the Netherlands.  His other directing credits include ‘Home & Away’,  ‘Echo Point’,  ‘Breakers’, ‘Above The Law’,  ‘Going Home’, ‘The Adventures of the Bush Patro’l and ‘Family Affairs’ in the UK.

‘One Door Shuts’ is essential reading for all ‘soap’ fans and also for actors wishing to learn more about this unique art form. Alan’s is an inspiring story which proves that against all odds anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it.

‘One Door Shuts’ has been released during 2009 to tie-in with the 45th anniversary of ‘Crossroads’ and the 35th anniversary of Grundy TV Drama. ‘One Door Shuts’ by Alan Coleman has been published by Trafford Publishing and can be ordered by heading to:-…d=SKU-000141354


October 21st, 2009

Advanced tickets are now on sale via the Memorabilia site on-line store.

This is the perfect opportunity for fans to meet Val Lehman, Gerard Maguire and Fiona Spence. It is, in fact, a RARE 30th Anniversary opportunity to meet this trio of Prisoner illuminaries.

Please note that tickets are NOT available via The Official Val Lehman Website and that advanced tickets can only be purchased through the Memorabilia site on-line store.

Rita Connors – 30th Anniversary Giftset

August 23rd, 2009

OTI have released an exclusive ‘Rita Connors – Prisoner 30th Anniversary Gift Set’! These sets are  strictly limited edition and are already being snapped up.

They will be on sale at both of Glenda’s forthcoming events, but for anyone who is unable to attend – now’s your chance to pre-order your very own set. As an added bonus, while Glenda is in the UK she has agreed to write a personal message / dedication on each set.

The Limited Edition Giftset contains:

1 x A4 ULTRA RARE Publicity photo of Rita beside the prison gates. 1 x A4 colour photo of Rita’s arrival, one of the most memorable arrivals in the series! 1 x B/W A4 copy featuring smaller rare promo shots of Glenda as Rita. 1 x RITA – Prisoner 30th anniversary key ring 1 x RITA – Prisoner 30th anniversary Pen, featuring the famous last quote from the series 1 x Brand New Colour Rita Fan Card 1 x Brand New B/W Rita Fan Card

The sets are being created escpecially to coincide with Glenda’s trip, so please do purchase a set if you’re able to, for your own personal souvenir from this much loved actress! Sets can be dedicated or undedicated.

For all the information about how to order one of these limited edition giftsets, please visit OTI at

Thanks for reading.

Rita Connors Giftset

Rita Connors Giftset

Memorabilia – Meet Val, Gerard & Fiona

August 19th, 2009


To give people the opportunity of meeting three legends of Prisoner Cell Block H, Val Lehman, Gerard Maguire and Fiona Spence  have agreed to appear at ‘Memorabilia’  which will be held at The National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham (M42, J6) on Saturday November 21st 2009.  The three stars will be there all day, so come and chat. They will also be appearing on stage to answer any questions you might have and there will be autographs and photos for sale.

If you are interested in attending, please contact :

Website: –  The Official Val Lehman Website

Meet Fiona Spence

April 16th, 2009


Due to unforeseen circumstances, two places have unexpectedly become available for this event. If you would like the opportunity to dine with Fiona Spence on 14th November, please email NOW!

An update from The Official Val Lehman Website:


(‘Vera Bennett’ in ‘Prisoner: Cell Block-H’, ‘Celia Stewart’ in ‘Home & Away’)Fiona Spence


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Meet Glenda Linscott

April 11th, 2009

OTI have announced the first UK event to mark the 30th anniversary of Prisoner and have launched a brand new sister site, Screen Star Events, for Prisoner events. OTI write:

“The hugely popular ‘Prisoner’ star is returning to the UK in September, and is very much looking forward to meeting all the fans, many of whom have been writing to her for many, many years! Glenda is extremely excited about the prospect of arriving back in the UK after so many years, and will also be bringing with her some rare memorabilia to delight the Prisoner fans! This is one event you won’t want to miss. Read the rest of this entry »

Prisoner Recaptured Event

April 5th, 2009

On Saturday the 4th April 2009, fans got together at Birmingham Library Theatre for “Prisoner Recaptured” – the largest exhibition of original Prisoner memorabilia at a fan convention. The memoribilia on show included over 500 items such as original inmates and officers costumes, props, newspaper and magazine articles, over 100 rare and original publicity stills from throughout the series and a selection of transparencies, mug shots, posters, scripts and cast & crew items. The big screen featured messages from Amanda Muggleton recorded exclusively for the event, a look at filming locations then and now and other rare footage.

There was a silent auction for a number of signed prints. The event also included a quiz, fancy dress competition and the opportunity to have a mugshot taken in an original inmates jacket. Read the rest of this entry »