A burglary fails.

First broadcast ... 1979 (Melbourne)
ITV broadcasts: Yorkshire Mon 14 Apr 1986 23:00 ; TVS/Channel Thu 8 Jan 1987 22:30 ; Central Sun 16 Aug 1987 23:30 ; other regions
Broadcast on Channel 5 (UK) 24 May 1997 Sat 4:40 a.m.
DVD release: volume 4 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 00:47:15

Jean ~ Christine Amor
Monica ~ Lesley Baker
Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Greg ~ Barry Quin
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Karen ~ Peita Toppano
Dr Herbert ~ Henry Blake
Leanne ~ Tracy-Jo Riley
Noeline ~ Jude Kuring
Spud ~ Joe Lamont
Male Guard ~ Brad Lindsay
Denny ~ Tony Mahood
Melinda ~ Lulu Pinkus
Officer ~ Lisa Rodgers
CES Officer ~ Malcolm Steed

  • Written by John Wood
  • Directed by Leon Thau & Philip East
  • Lise Rodgers is credited as "Lisa".

    Jim opens the hatch on Lizzie during night rounds to hear her muttering to herself in her sleep. Noeline does a job with her daughter Leanne. Meg is just relaxing with a mug of cocoa, a flannelette nightgown and an easy listening record when Jean arrives to ask her if she can move in with her. Noeline's job goes wrong when Leanne fails to keep watch and she is sent to Wentworth. She shares a cell with Karen and Bea, who slaps her around for breaking the TV last time she was inside. Melinda has a pregnancy test. Greg goes to see the premises for his own practice, which turns out to be a derelict house in a run-down area . Noeline refuses Jean's help as the Burkes aren't "charity cases", and when Leanne visits she urges her to do a job to support the rest of the family. Jean tries to persuade Leanne and her brother to apply for dole instead, giving her the address where she is now living if she needs help. Leanne is enterprising enough to steal Jean's car to get to the CES, where she meets a young man called Denny, who helps her fill out the form and invites her out for a drive later in the afternoon. Greg tells Erica he is leaving for his new practice but he agrees to visit for a few weeks after she tells him the Department won't have any replacement for him. Denny plans a scam to steal hotdogs from a van with Leanne and another pool playing friend . Muster bell is half an hour late and the women are kept in their cell to prevent them knowing about a new prisoner. Meg tells Erica the new prisoner has been put in solitary as soon as she arrived. The radio in the laundry has also gone missing. Greg gives Melinda the result of her pregnancy test. She isn't surprised to be told she is pregnant and admits she stopped taking the pill a while before and was trying to get pregnant to stop Tom going back to his wife. Leanne suggests to Denny a quick way of making a bit of ready cash. When the television disappears from the rec room, the women speculate about what the authorities are trying to hide from them. Karen is worried that she won't be allowed out for day release, but from the previous two occasions when the same tactics were used (Barbara Davidson and Ann Yates), Bea concludes the secret is that the new prisoner is a pusher. Meg gets back from a date with Greg to find her flat has been burgled.


    Storyliners: Dave Worthington; Margaret McClusky
    Script Editor: Anne Lucas

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    YTV Mon 14 Apr 1986 23.00; TVS ... ; Channel ... ; TSW ... ; Central Sun 16 Aug 1987 23.30; Thames Fri 24 Jun 1988 00.05; STV Tue 30 Aug 1988 00.00; Anglia ... ; Granada Thu 28 Jul 1988 22.35; Tyne Tees Thu 29 Jun 1989 23.05; Border ... ; HTV ... ; Grampian ... ; Ulster ...