Bea is stabbed

First broadcast (estimate) 29th May 1979 (Melbourne);
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 15 Jul 1985 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Fri 20 Jun 1986 22:30 ; Central Sat 27 Jun 1987 1:25 (Sun) ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 29 April 1997 Tues 4:40 a.m. (The Monday morning episode was dropped on Channel 5 this week, and Prisoner continued to be shown six days a week.)
DVD release: volume 2 disc 3 (AUS) volume 1 disc 7 [UK]
Duration: 00:45:55

Jean ~ Christine Amor
Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Susan Rice ~ Briony Behets
Anne Yates ~ Kirsty Child
Officer ~ Jean Cain
Syd Butterfield ~ Alan Rowe
Mrs Grant ~ Penny Shelton
Prisoner ~ Penny Stewart
Dr Weissman ~ Bryon Williams

  • Written by Dave Worthington & Ian Bradley
  • Directed by William Fitzwater
  • The message from the garden is tapped onto an outside wall by Kate Jason and received (by some mutation of the laws of sound transmission) on an inside wall near the laundry by Penny Stewart.

    Doreen's aim at the keyboard is very poor: I think this is supposed to be BIRDSWORTH.

    Bea warns Lynn not to mess up the work experience scheme for other women. Doreen knows she won't get much of a chance as she still awaits trial for escaping with Franky, but she and Lizzie plan to steal a work release form for Lizzie from Erica's office and Doreen will forge the signature. Anne ("Rosemary") Yates arrives at Wentworth as a prisoner and tries to embarass Vera by chummily talking about parties they both went to. Erica tells Meg that details of Anne's charges must not leak out, especially to Bea. who still hasn't forgotten what happened to Sally. Doreen and Lizzie lose no time in letting Bea know about the new arrival: Bea goes to "welcome" Anne with news of Marilyn and Franky, and hints about Erica's niece and her drug dealing. Anne claims to be inside for receiving stolen goods. Lynn returns to work at the nursery and thanks Syd for giving her a second chance. Bea agrees to help Lizzie in her hairbrained scheme to get work release, if she'll take a look at Anne's file while she's in Erica's office. Vera gives Lizzie cleaning duties and sends Doreen with her, inadvertently giving them a pretext to be outside the Governor's office. Lyn has to lie to Mrs Grant during an extended gossping session when she wants to know about Lynn's family and where she is living. At dinner, Bea provokes Anne into attacking her by tipping her meal into her lap just as Vera turns up to see the incident. Anne complains to Vera that she isn't protecting her, and threatens her with a letter she has left with her solictor which will implicate George sufficiently to put him in prison. Susan sees Dr Weissman , convinces him she's rational and refuses psychiatric help. Jean tries to point out Susan can be violent, but Dr Weissman replies that Jean herself shows signs of paranoia, and she wouldn't like to be forcibly treated, would she? Anne is now to get all meals in her own cell so she is in contact with the womena as little as possible. Bea hears Anne has been assigned to the garden and asks her to keep an eye on the gate and let her know Erica's movements. When Erica next leaves the prison, Anne asks to make an appointment to see Erica to find out how long she will be away. Lizzie and Doreen are given the all-clear for two hours. Lizzie picks the lock of Erica's filing cabinet. Meg nearly catches them in the Governor's office. Susan is given a fine and a good behaviour bond. Mrs Grant takes offence when Lynn won't visit her at home. Lizzie takes the forged note to Jean, who spots several spelling mistakes . To explain her apparent rudeness, Lynn is forced to tell Mrs Grant she is in prison. Mrs Grant says she won't work with a criminal, so Syd tells he she can always leave if she doesn't like it. After telling Lizzie off for breaking into her office, Erica notices her filing cabinet is open and that Anne's file is missing. Bea gives Anne her file back and tells her to get rid of it, suggesting she buries it in the garden.


    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 15 Jul 1985 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Mon 19 Sep 1988 23.35; Central Sun 28 Jun 1987 01.25; Thames Fri 15 Jan 1988 00.35; STV Tue 07 Jun 1988 00.05; Anglia Thu 07 Apr 1988 23.05; Granada Sun 22 May 1988 23.30; Tyne Tees Thu 10 Nov 08 23.05; Border Sun 06 Nov 1988 23.35; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...