Coleby offers Ann a new job away from Wentworth. Lou steals Fran's zip gun. Lou grabs Joan and, in the corridor, Myra hears a shot followed by a scream.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Sunday 30 May 1999 04:40
DVD release: volume 33 disc 1 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:38

Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Myra ~ Anne Phelan
Dennis ~ Nigel Bradshaw
Marlene ~ Genevieve Lemon
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Sam ~ Robyn Gibbes
Janice ~ Jenny Ludlam
Matt ~ Peter Bensley
Geoff ~ Les Dayman
Frank ~ Trevor Kent
Yemil ~ Maria Mercedes
Ettie ~ Lois Ramsay
Andrea Radcliffe ~ Marion Dimmick
Bob Taylor ~ Terence Donovan
William Coleby ~ Hu Pryce
Kath ~ Michele Sargent

  • Written by Ian Coughlan
  • Directed by Kendal Flanagan
  • Jan is eventually sick and seems to sober up a little, especially after Lexie slaps her face. Matt has to cover for Geoff when Officer Radcliffe comes to the rec room and wants to know where he is, so Matt has to distract her by asking her to take him to her cell to collect a book. Matt finds Geoff with Myra in isolation and is told to go out again and pretend no-one was there. Myra gets Jan to say where she got the drink from, confiscates the rest of her money then knocks her out to keep her quiet. Myra then goes to Lou's cell to tell her that she won't be selling any more booze to Jan. Geoff tries to put Sam off attempting her escape immediately by saying the robot isn't ready yet. Myra and Geoff have a public disagreement to make it look as though they aren't even friends. Jan has hallucinations in her cell after lights out. Ettie demands to see the Governor, but has forgotten what she wanted to complain about by the time she sees Ann. Lou refuses to supply Jan with any more booze unless he sees the cash first. Frank saws part of the leg off a tubular steel chair and is obviously planning to turn it into a gun barrel. Dennis lets Ann know that one of the officers is pushing for them to be armed if they have to escort prisoners outside. Lou demands her drugs back from Joan, but Joan threatens to plant them on her at any time to get her an extra 12 months on her sentence. Mr Coleby (who appears to teleport direct from the Department a mere few minutes after Ann phones him) agrees to the Union's demand to be armed, despite Ann's protests. Frank offers to get booze for Jan, but she refuses when he makes it clear how he wants to be paid. Mr Taylor meets Joan for lunch and apologises for his wife's remarks to her. Sam tries to phone her sister, but whoever answers the phone hangs up on her. Dennis tells the women that Yemil has got a suspended sentence, so Ettie is moved in to share the cell with Jan. Coleby offers Ann promotion to adviser on women's rehabilitation schemes. Frank hides the gun he has made to get it out of the workshop. Frank tries to collect from Jan and she lays back resignedly to let him get on with it. Lou tells Kath she intends to kill Joan and frame Myra for it. Ettie sees Frank lying on top of Jan when she moves to her new cell and hits him over the head with a vase. Geoff tells Myra about Sam's escape plans to try to get her talk to Sam and dissuade her. Lou meets Frank walking along the corridor and takes the gun from him. Myra is unable to argue against Sam when she brings up her own escape to help her daughter Kay. Kath brings Joan to Myra's cell and goes to get Myra. As Kath and Myra are walking along the corridor towards the cell, they hear a gunshot...

    Dennis calls out "Greenaway" at muster and is corrected in chorus by the women, which sounds like a production in-joke.

    Ettie refers to a prison as "Worrigle"?

    Myra uses the name for the background prisoner "Jenny".


    When I last updated this page in 1999, I don't think I'd have heard of performance artist and exhibitionist Leigh Bowery, perhaps best known from his appearance as a character in the musical "Taboo" (2002). Viewing this episode with the knowledge that Bowery was born in Australia, I briefly toyed with the idea that a traumatic childhood memory of Sam's robot may have influenced some of his more extreme costumes, but the dates sadly rule it out - he came to England in 1980. Maybe a traumatic experience of a late night showing of Prisoner in England is to blame?

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Meridian Tuesday 22 July 1997 23:50