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Prisoner star joins fair line-up

FIONA Spence found fame in the soap opera Prisoner Cell Block H and later appeared in Home and Away.

FIONA Spence found fame in the soap opera Prisoner Cell Block H and later appeared in Home and Away.

She’s one of several stars who will be appearing at the NEC’s Memorabilia fair - a bi-annual celebration of cult film and TV.

The Solihull News spoke to the Australian actress about what fans have to look forward to this weekend.

“I didn’t know too much about Memorabilia before I was asked, but I’ve heard people come from across around the country and even other parts of the world.

“There’s a few of us taking part [Fiona will be joined by co-stars Val Lehman and Gerard Maguire] and I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans.”

It’s actually 30 years since Prisoner was first screened - although actually the drama didn’t hit British shores until almost 10 years later.

Like many other Antipodean imports, the show proved a real hit with British audiences and Fiona remains amazed by the response.

“When I started in the show, if you’d told me that I’d be doing an interview about it 30 years later then I just wouldn’t have believed it. I’m not quite sure why Australian programmes do so well in Britain. I think perhaps it’s the sense of community. But then maybe it’s the beaches and sunshine as well! Whatever the reason, it’s certainly true that the British have taken the shows to their hearts, but actually it works both ways - British shows are very popular in Australia as well.”

* Memorabilia will be on at the NEC tomorrow and Sunday (November 21-22). To find out more go to www.memorabilia.co.uk.

 

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