Franky gets help.

First broadcast 3rd April 1979 (Melbourne);
First UK broadcast: Yorkshire Mon 21 Jan 1985 23:00; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 12 April 1997 Sat 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 1 disc 3 (AUS & UK)
Duration: 00:47:22 [UK=00:47:18]

[see below]

Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Franky ~ Carol Burns
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Marilyn ~ Margaret Laurence
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Eddie ~ Richard Moir
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Mum ~ Mary Ward
Doug ~ John Arnold
Suz ~ Lisa Dombrowski
Celebrant ~ Judy Johnson
Male Guard ~ Colin Nicole
Bernie ~ Robert Thompson
Graham Lang ~ Adrian Wright

  • Written by Michael Brindley
  • Directed by Brian McDuffie
  • Kate Jason (later to be Martha Eaves) appears as an extra in the laundry .

    Karen runs up to the roof and manages to talk Franky down, despite her own highly confrontational style ("You're piss weak, Franky" etc) and interference from Vera - until Erica tells her to go down. Franky is hustled off to solitary on Erica's orders. Lizzie tells the women about the holes in the fences while they are being repaired, so there could be opportunities to plan an escape. Graham visits Vera but is disappointed to find that she has made no progress wearing down Marilyn. Greg points out to Karen that she is in a unique position to help Franky and gives her the old textbooks he has collected from her school. Doug and Lynn move in with his friend Bernie and his girlfriend Suzie. Franky agrees to let Karen teach her to read. Lynn is embarassed at Bernie's assumption that she is pregnant with Doug's child and so they will be willing to share a double bed. She tells Doug she won't sleep with him until they are married, so he has to sleep on the couch in the front rooom. Doreen sees Karen teaching Franky to read and reports it in the laundry to everyone's amusement. Graham interviews Marilyn again (in reception?) but Meg steps in when he gets heavy with her and reminds him there should always be a policewoman present. Franky tells her story to Karen: she left school when she was eleven and she had to protect her mother and brother from attacks from her drunken father. Lynn cuts Suz short when she is musing that it's not so bad to go to prison, and says she knows from experience that it is. Meg warns Graham she will report any further intimidation to the Governor, and tells Vera she knows about the way she took advantage of the incident at the volleyball match. Bea tricks Eddie and Marilyn to come to the rec room at the same time and lock then both in the store room until they make up. Greg shows Lynn the application from the registrar's office and asks her if she wants to marry him, but Suz suggests they get a celebrant instead. Marilyn decides to tell the police everything they want to know as a way of breaking away from her criminal past. When Vera phones Graham to arrange another date, he is revealed as married from the photos of his family on his desk. Franky gets a slap from Karen for trying to kiss her during a reading lesson. This angers Franky so much she agrees to Lizzie's escape plan and Doreen says she wants to go too. Greg impresses on Karen that even if she can't help Franky there are other prisoners she could teach. Bernie asks Doug to help him in a pay-roll snatch. As she promised Eddie, Marilyn tells Graham what she knows, and Graham promptly loses interest in Vera, making excuses not to keep their date for that evening. Lynn and Doug get married. The new rec room furniture is delivered, which gives the women an opportunity to create a diversion so Franky can steal a step ladder. She somehow manages to get this past reception and into the garden, and she cuts the barbed wire so she, Doreen and Lizzie can go over the fence.


    The credits broadcast by Channel 5 for (12) were identical to those at the end of (11). Strangely, the credits on the commercially released video for this episode seem to be the correct ones, so I have used them here, rather than Channel 5's.

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 21 Jan 1985 23.00; TVS Thu 30 Jan 1986 22.30; Channel Thu 30 Jan 1986 22.30; TSW Thu 16 Apr 1987 23.00; Central Tue 18 May 87 00.05; Thames Thu 10 Sep 1987 23.00; STV Mon 07 Mar 1988 23.05; Anglia Fri 12 Feb 1988 00.20; Granada Tue 22 Mar 1988 00.00; Tyne Tees Thu 30 Jun 1988 22.35; Border Fri 26 Aug 1988 23.35; HTV Mon 03 Oct 88 23.35; Grampian Mon 17 Oct 1988 23.05; Ulster Sun 28 Jan 90 23,35