Deirdre Rachid JAILED

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - TELEVISION -

Deirdre had her fair share of great sto­ry­lines dur­ing her phe­nom­e­nal 42-year reign on the show (her break-ups and re­unions with on/off/on again hus­band Ken Bar­low, love tri­an­gles, her daugh­ter’s kid­nap, her mar­riage to toy boy Samir Rachid), but it is her im­pris­on­ment af­ter a for­mer lover im­pli­cated her in a bank fraud scheme that we remember best. The 1998 sto­ry­line spurred UK tabloid news­pa­pers to start a “Free Deirdre” cam­paign and even the then Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair joined the calls for her re­lease. Af­ter three weeks, Deirdre was re­leased from prison – with four dif­fer­ent news­pa­pers claim­ing vic­tory for them­selves and their read­ers!

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