Distinct Nostalgia

On the Inside: We meet the legendary Val Lehman who played the iconic Bea Smith - one of the original stars of the cult Aussie Drama Prisoner Cell Block H

February 09, 2024 MIM
Distinct Nostalgia
On the Inside: We meet the legendary Val Lehman who played the iconic Bea Smith - one of the original stars of the cult Aussie Drama Prisoner Cell Block H
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A special interview and another real treat here for all fans of cult Australian drama series Prisoner Cell Block H.

The show first aired twice a week down under in 1979 and quickly began pulling in huge figures.

The big star from the start was the legendary Val Lehman who played the iconic Bea Smith.

The character quickly became known as top dog or 'Queen Bea' for the way she ruled the roost in Wentworth Prison.

In this episode of Distinct Nostalgia, Val tells Ashley how she landed the role which soon made her a household name in Australia and around the world.

How much of Val is in Bea and Bea in Val? You decide....

Presented and produced by Ashley Byrne. Research by Andrew Edwards
Continuity: Andy Hoyle and Jonathan Kydd.

A Made in Manchester Production.

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(Cont.) On the Inside: We meet the legendary Val Lehman who played the iconic Bea Smith - one of the original stars of the cult Aussie Drama Prisoner Cell Block H
(Cont.) On the Inside: We meet the legendary Val Lehman who played the iconic Bea Smith - one of the original stars of the cult Aussie Drama Prisoner Cell Block H