Franky and Doreen find a safe house.

First broadcast (estimate) 17th April 1979 (Melbourne);
First UK broadcast: Yorkshire Mon 18 Feb 1985 23:00; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 16 April 1997 Wed 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 1 disc 4 (AUS)
Duration: 00:45:59 [UK=00:45:57]

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
Jean ~ Christine Amor
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Judith-Anne ~ Kim Deacon
Miss McBride ~ Patricia Kennedy
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Prisoner 1 ~ Julie Wade
Prisoner 2 ~ Denille Walsh

  • Written by Marcus Cole
  • Directed by Gary Conway
  • Prisoners 1 & 2 don't do much for their credit other than holding a hand of cards.

    Doreen stops Franky coshing Miss McBride in time when she returns from the kitchen just after Miss McBride has confessed she has a little money hidden about the house. Bea tries to "persuade" Monica that she should let Marilyn and Eddie run her shop while she is inside, but she says she doesn't trust "crims or their boyfriends". Vera tells Karen she'll be keeping an eye on her now she knows what she's up to with Greg, telling her she's no better than a whore if she uses her body to get what she wants. Doreen is more patient with Miss McBride's rambling stories than Franky is, and Miss McBride is so pleased with their company that they are invited to stay. Bea wakes Monnie up by shoving a pillow over her face and insists that she should at least meet Eddie before she dismisses the idea. Mum gets parole, with Jean as her parole officer and she has found a flat for her and Judith-Anne. Steve Wilson tells Karen he has interviewed some of her neighbours who can support her story. Eddie thinks Monica's proposal is a practical joke and angrily refuses. Lizzie reads a medical book and is convinced she has cancer ... of the elbow. Vera gives Karen and Marilyn extra cleaning duties for nothing, but Meg tries to hint that she's being far too harsh. Bea and Monnie trap Vera in their cell and set her up for bashing Monnie and Lizzie helps to get Meg to witness it. Erica suspects that it is a setup, but nevertheless orders Vera to take a few days off until the matter is settled. Bea threatens to dob Monnie in for the set-up on Vera if she doesn't give Marilyn and Eddie another chance and let them run her shop, so she agrees. Vera signs off in tears, upset that Meg wouldn't believe her story. Mum and Marilyn are released: no party this time, just a jolly pep talk from Erica. Doreen decides to tell Miss McBride who she and Franky are, but she says she has known all along who they are, and wants them to stay as long as they like. Steve Wilson comes under pressure from Jean to talk to Lynn, but his advice is so negative that she slashes her wrists in despair with a fragment of broken mirror . Karen is moved in with Bea and Monnie as there are new prisoners arriving. She and Meg discover Lynn bleeding when she goes to collect her things.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 18 Feb 1985 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Thu 01 Oct 1987 22.32; Central Sun 31 May 1987 00.35; Thames Fri 09 Oct 1987 00.00; STV Mon 04 Apr 1988 23.40; Anglia Thu 25 Feb 1988 23.20; Granada Sun 10 Apr 1988 23.45; Tyne Tees Thu 28 Jul 1988 23.05; Border Thu 22 Sep 1988 22.35; HTV Tue 25 Oct 1988 23.35; Grampian Mon 31 Oct 1988 23.05; Ulster Mon 26 Feb 90 00.30