Bea leaves a clue

First broadcast 12th June 1979 (Melbourne) in a double bill with (33);
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 12 Aug 1985 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Fri 25 Jul 1986 23:00 ; Central Sun 5 Jul 1987 23:15 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 03 May 1997 Sat 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 2 disc 4 (AUS) volume 1 disc 8 [UK]
Duration: 00:47:01 [UK=00:46:59]

Jean ~ Christine Amor
Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Geoffrey ~ David Cameron
Judith-Anne ~ Kim Deacon
George Lucas ~ Bill Hunter
Martha ~ Kate Jason
Noeline ~ Jude Kuring
Male Guard ~ Brad Lindsay
Clara ~ Betty Lucas
Syd Butterfield ~ Alan Rowe
Jeweller ~ Colin Vancao
Receptionist ~ Nanette Wallace
Mum ~ Mary Ward

  • Written by John Drew
  • Directed by Julian Pringle
  • Meg is only dropping in to check how Mum is, but takes the opportunity to ask her if she's heard about Bea's escape. When picking up her bag to go, she notices Bea's cigarettes (strange that she didn't notice them when she plonked her handbag right on top of them). Mum quickly and unconvincingly claims they are hers as she's taken up smoking since she left prison. Geoff kisses Lynn when he gives her a lift back to Wentworth, which gets her into trouble with Vera. When Jean asks to see her to talk about what going on between her and Geoff, she assumes it's Vera who's been talking. Unfortunately, Jean has to tell her that Syd has asked for her not to go to work at the nursery any more. Noeline admires Clara's makeup mirror so Clara takes the hint and lets her take it. Karen sees the incident and tells her she should stand up for herself or her stay inside won't be pleasant. Vera reads about George's arrest in the newspaper . Erica sees Geoff waiting outside the prison and tells him Lynn won't be going to work any more, so he confronts his father about it. Noeline comes back for more, grabbing Clara's handbag to rifle through it. Karen defends Clara and gets a bashing from Noeline. Geoff visits Lynn in Wentworth, and finds out that she didn't leave of her own free will, but was sacked by his father. Clara sees Erica, and is told to call her "Mrs Davidson": however, she has learnt enough to know not to lag on Noeline and follows Noeline's line that Karen had an accident. Bea says she needs an new outfit and a wig, and needs Mum to deliver a note to a friend who own a jewellery shop so she can get some cash. Judith-Anne insists that she must take the note, not Mum. Erica phones Vera at home to ask her about the report in the paper which mentions her friendship with George. When Vera protests that she can see whoever she likes when she's off duty, Erica says she cannot agree and frostily tells Vera to be in her office that afternoon before she signs on for duty. Jean tricks Syd into agreeing to take Lynn back by pretending she never thought the placement would work anywhere. Vera takes legal advice from Steve and gives him the money to pay George's bail. Judith takes the note from Bea to Val Richardson's shop, but the current owner tells her that Val has moved to Sydney a few months ago. Noeline palls up with Martha by offering her cigarettes to get her support to challenge Monica. Judith Ann returns with the new outfit for Bea , but does not tell Bea that she's bought it herself so Bea leaves. Monica is just about to bash Noeline when Martha turns up and asks her if she needs any help. Jean tells Meg she's moving out for a while to look after a friend's flat. When Jean says she has never seen Mum smoke, Meg realises Bea must be with Mum: Jean agrees to go with her. Monnie bashes Noeline and threatens to put her in the drier, when her friends desert her and help Monnie instead. George plans to leave the country when he finds all his associates have been arrested, but Vera tells him she can't go with him. Bea finds out Val has left when she visits the shop. Meg and Jean visit Mum, and Bea narrowly avoids bumping into them when she returns to Mum's flat. Vera doesn't turn up for her appointment with Erica: she isn't even able to get to the phone when Erica phones her as she's rather tied up .


    The credits broadcast on Channel 5 and on previous showings in the ITV regions really belonged to episode (33), where they were repeated exactly. This is probably explained by the original broadcast being a double bill. Thanks to Steve West of "Blockade - The Prisoner Magazine" (PO Box 63, Pinner, Middlesex) who sent a typed sheet of the credits prepared by Grundy's publicity department, which I have used above. The only changes I have made are cutting character surnames where they aren't usually used and omitting Lizzie and Doreen, who do not appear in this episode.

    Storyliner: Dave Worthington
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 12 Aug 1985 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Mon 17 Oct 1988 22.35; Central Sun 05 Jul 1987 23.15; Thames Thu 11 Feb 1988 23.35; STV Fri 24 Jun 1988 22.35; Anglia Thu 21 Apr 1988 23.05; Granada Tue 07 Jun 1988 00.05; Tyne Tees Thu 22 Dec 88 22.35; Border Sun 20 Nov 1988 23.30; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...