First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 7 Oct 1985 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Thu 18 Sep 1986 22:30 ; Central Mon 20 Jul 1987 23:05 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 11 May 1997 Sun 4:40 a.m
DVD release: volume 3 disc 2 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:58

Lynn ~ Kerry Armstrong
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Steve ~ Jim Smillie
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Officer 1 ~ Jean Cain
Mr Goodwin ~ Lloyd Cunningham
Alex ~ Lakis Kanzipas
Clara ~ Betty Lucas
Irene ~ Maria Mercedes
Receptionist ~ Helen Noonan
Officer 2 ~ Sue Silver
Tessa ~ Nadia Tass
Stavros ~ Theo Tsalkitzakos

  • Written by Ron McLean
  • Directed by Brian Faull
  • Greg is not in this episode. The credit for Jim Fletcher is a mistake - although he is mentioned, he doesn't appear until the following episode.

    Two nice line fluffs from Patsy King in the this episode: "What you are suggesting slaps of collusion" (she means "smacks") and another line that comes out sounding more like "I'm jumping at shallows" than "shadows".

    Erica walks into work next day and imediately starts to lay down the law, stopping the receptionist from packing up the buyup goods and tearing a strip off Meg for allowing Karen to have two visits in one week. Karen and Monica clash over Monica's racist remarks and Karen asks Clara to get her to stop. Bea stirs it by adding to the request, knowing full well that Clara has no influence over Monica at all. Erica announces to the staff that the Visiting Justice Mr Goodwin to investigate the running of Wentworth. Vera lets Meg know she is looking forward to Erica being forced out so she can be Governor. After being put under heavy pressure by the women, Clara has a word with Monnie about taunting Irini. This rebounds on Bea when Monica caves in and apologises to Irini as Meg has already done the hard work by reminding Monica about the forthcoming parole hearing when she could get remission of most of her remaining sentence ... unless she gets a bad report. Tessa and Alex tell Karen about Nikos who is a friend of Stavros and is the one who forced Irini into prostitution. They agree to see Steve Wilson and make a statement to help Irini. Erica announces to the women that there will be an investigation and any of them have the right to approach him if they want to. Clara once again gets the credit when she asks Erica for work release to be resumed when Meg has already persuaded her to consider it. Vera tries to send Tessa and Alex away when they arrive with good news for Irini, but Erica overrules her. They tell Karen they can be naturalised because they have been in residence for five years, and they think this means that Irini can live with them, but Karen is not so sure. Mr Goodwin arrives and reels off for Erica a list of the points he needs to address before he can make a report (one death, one suicide, two escapes and so on). Doreen bursts into tears when Clara tells her she's not doing the gardening very well without Lynn, and eventually pours out her life story to Clara, telling Clara that she reminds her of her mother. Mr Goodwin's first suggestion is to transfer Clara to Fairlea as she is only on remand and they have a remand section, unlike Wentworth. Doreen runs outside after Clara, clutching a (new? ) teddy bear for comfort. Bea offers Erica a deal by persuading the women not to complain to Mr Goodwin about any of their grievances. Mr Goodwin refuses to recommend Karen's suggestion that interpreters should be provided for non-English speakers, as they fully occupied in men's prisons. Karen gets Steve to drive her to Stavros' house on the way to University. Lizzie's complaint to Mr Goodwin is that the officers killed her "Clarrie", who turns out to have been the pet cockroach that she trained to whistle and who drowned in a cup of Milo. Vera is more than happy to fill in the details for Mr Goodwin about Lynn's escape and the barbecue, but he counters with his knowledge of her standing bail for George Lucas. Vera is delighted to be called to the Governor's office to be told about some changes in staffing that will affect her. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that Mr Goodwin will be recommending the appointment of a male Deputy Governor, so she will have to be demoted back to senior officer rank.


    Storyliner: Dave Worthington
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 07 Oct 1985 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW Mon 12 Dec 1988 22.35; Central Mon 20 Jul 1987 23.05; Thames Thu 07 Apr 1988 23.35; STV Mon 18 Jul 1988 23.35; Anglia ... ; Granada Mon 04 Jul 1988 00.00; Tyne Tees Thu 23 Mar 1989 23.05; Border Sun 18 Dec 1988 23.30; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...