Howard is charged with contempt for helping Jennifer's case with his testimony. Nikki tells Nora to kill or be killed.

First broadcast ... 1985 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 04 December 1999 04:10
DVD release: volume 35 disc 4 (AUS), volume 18 disc 4 [UK]
Duration: 0:45:00

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Nora ~ Sonja Tallis
May ~ Billie Hammerberg
Willie ~ Kirsty Child
Daphne ~ Debra Lawrance
Lexie ~ Pepe Trevor
Lou ~ Louise Siversen
Jenny ~ Jenny Lovell
Pippa ~ Christine Harris
Terri ~ Margot Knight
Ben ~ Kevin Summers
Mervin ~ Ernie Bourne
Det Insp Grace ~ Terry Gill
Nikki Lennox ~ Vicki Mathios
Joanna James ~ Nicole Dixon
Cindy Moran ~ Robyn Frank
Lisa Snell ~ Liza Bermingham
Geoffery Chaucer ~ Roy Baldwin
Howard Simmons ~ Reg Evans
Harry Wheeler ~ Buzz Allshorn
Judge Henley ~ Clive Hearne
Elliot Gardener ~ Peter Sommerfield
Crown Prosecutor ~ Victor Kazan
Harriet Formby ~ Maggie Steven
Karen Winfield ~ Judith Strafford
David Russell ~ Robert Lyon

  • Written by Coral Drouyn
  • Directed by Charles (Bud) Tingwell
  • Ann invites the leader of the blockade to her office to discuss the situation, but to no avail. Mervin finds the meat in the cold store has gone off, as the cooling system has broken. Ann is disturbed when Pippa phones her to tell her about the hit and run incident and tells her she has reported it to the police. Chaucer lectures the men outside the prison, but the pickets still refuse to move. Ann suggests that the officers should start to bring in food in their cars. Ann refuses to let Chaucer shift the blame onto her. He is obviously shocked to hear about the attempt on Pippa's life, says he knew nothing about it and agrees to Ann's demand to call Bullock off. Ben calls round to see how Pippa is, and she has to admit she is pleased with the company and agrees to go out for dinner with him. Howie consults with Jenny's solicitor and asks to be put on the stand to introduce evidence against Aunt Harriet, which would not otherwise be allowable. Joan arrives home to find Terry asleep in front of the TV, not having made any attempt to find a job. Joyce has to admit that she sent off Mervin's recipe to the cookery competition. Terri is bored by Joan's shop talk (or possibly the ghastly organ music playing in the background). The juveniles arrive : most of them seem docile enough but one called Nikki is evidently going to be a bit of a problem. Ben tries to get Jennifer's solicitor to take on Daphne's case, but he says only Ben can win it after the work he's out into it. The social workers tell Ann they haven't been able to do anything with Nikki and don't expect her to benefit from the scheme, but the others might get something from it. Nikki starts a fight with Joanna over a jumper. Ann tells the girls what to expect, but has to stop Nikki swiping a glass paper weight from her desk. At Jenny's trial Inpector Grace gives evidence of his reasons for areesting Jenny but has to admit that Jenny may not have protested her innocence at first due to shock. Nikki plays up when sent to work in the laundry: Lexie dumps a load of dirty nappies from maternity on her head. May tries to get through to Nikki by telling her Nora is a murderer: Nora tells Nikki she killed four people. All of Jenny's evidence is dismissed as hearsay. The women mock Joanna when she tells them of her three counts of shoplifting, but are even more amused by Cindy's confession that she broke into a "lolly shop". Nikki manages to apply even Wentworth's hardest cases by admitting her thing is bashing old age pensioners for their pension cheques. Lou puts pressure on Lisa to get her to bring goods in the following day. Nora lets Nikki take over the press when she claims she wants to do her job, but she gets bored straight away. Howie seizes the chance to expose Aunt Harriet during his stint in the witness box. Nikki goes to Nora's cell and demands to know what it felt like to kill people. When Nora tells her she'll have to ask someone else, Nikki pulls a flick knife on her .

    Jenny's trial is the usual cut price affair - the normal PCBH six person jury . Thanks to Martin for correcting my mistaken count of five jurors.

    Lisa refers to Winlaton which is a real juvenile institution, close to the studios in Nunawading where Prisoner was made. According to the wikeipedia artcile, it closed in 1993.


    Story Editor: Coral Drouyn
    Script Editor: Ian Smith (566); Alister Webb (567); Kit Oldfield (568)-(570)
    Storyliners: Coral Drouyn, Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Kelly Bermingham

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