Craven is out to make trouble on his arrival at Wentworth.

First broadcast ... 1986 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Saturday 25 November 2000 04:40
DVD release: volume 39 disc 5 (AUS)
Duration: 0:45:30

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Joan ~ Maggie Kirkpatrick
Ann ~ Gerda Nicolson
Joyce ~ Joy Westmore
Rita ~ Glenda Linscott
Alice ~ Lois Collinder
Kath ~ Kate Hood
Lorelei ~ Paula Duncan
Merle ~ Rosanne Hull-Brown
Marty ~ Michael Winchester
Rodney ~ Philip Hyde
Spider ~ Taya Stratton
Lisa ~ Terrie Waddell
Sarah ~ Kylie Belling
Pamela ~ Justine Saunders
Brumby ~ Sheryl Munks
Spike ~ Victoria Rowland
Ernest Craven ~ Ray Meagher
Newscaster ~ Maureen Edwards
Policeman ~ Matthew Barker
Male Blackmoor Prisoner ~ Nick Antipas
Blackmoor Officer ~ Mark Muggeridge
Billy Slocum ~ Glennan Fahey
Ian Hardy ~ Ric Harley
Stud Wilson ~ Peter Lindsay

  • Written by Quincey McQuade
  • Directed by Sean Nash
  • Three of the Blackmoor women (r to l): "Shazza, Cheryl and Speedy". Never seen again, of course.

    The women at Wentworth watch the Blackmoor fire on TV. Kath tries to find out from Rodney if Rita is coming back to Wentworth, as she's heard that women from Blackmoor are to be transferred to Wentworth. When the women from Blackmoor arrive, Rita is not among them. Craven and Joan arrive at Wentworth, and Craven contemptuously silences the hubbub in reception. The women are locked in their cells without finding out what happened to Rita. Ann warns Craven not to undermine her authority by ordering the prisoners around. The Minister phones Ann to confirm that Craven is only to supervise the men's section of the prison. Ann cooly deals with Craven's annoyance at this by inviting him to call Mr Dwyer if he isn't happy, but suggests that now might not be a good time, as his administration of Blackmoor has just cost the Department a lot of money. Meg warns Marty not to confront Craven. A rumour circulates that Rita has escaped. Craven threatens Spike and Brumby not to talk about the circumstances of Bongo's death. Rita is brought back to Wentworth, welcomed by a punch from Craven and put into solitary. Joan dismisses Ann's allegations against Craven and says that Bongo was trying to escape. A group of men from Blackmoor arrive at Wentworth and are sent to A block. Pamela slaps Craven for his racist comments, then asks Ann to transfer Sarah and other prisoners to prevent reprisals from Craven. Sarah manages to let the other women know that Rita is back before she is transferred to Barnhurst: they all start a welcoming chant. Kath listens to it stonyfaced. Meg pleads with Craven not to put in a report on Marty, but he makes it clear that sexual favours would be required in return. Kath introduces herself to the Blackmoor women as the top dog, but they just laugh it off. Merle bumps into Craven and he snaps her bull roarer. Alice nearly drops her breakfast when she finds out there are men in the prison. Craven defends himself against charges of sexual harassment by making counter accusations against Meg that she "blatantly offerred herself". Marty reacts strangely at sight of Spike, and checks her file to find that he knew her in school. Craven opposes Ann's plan to allow fraternisation between the men and women, but Joyce discovers Alice in the laundry skip attempting to put the plan into action. Joyce leaves Merle and Lisa unescorted while she takes Alice back to H block. Spike pretends at first not to recognize Marty, but asks him to keep her background a secret from the other women. While Merle tries to trade comics with one of the male prisoners, Lisa is grabbed by another but is saved by Joyce and Merle. Craven and Joan indulge in some mutual back slapping. When the announcement is made that the men and women will be allowed to mix, Lorelei hatches a plot to get back at the men for the attack on Lisa.


    Story Editor: Bevan Lee
    Script Editor: Neil Luxmoore
    Storyliners: Tony McDonald, John Coulter, Bob Greenberg

    ITV regional broadcast dates:-
    Broadcast on Westcountry Monday 28 July 1997 23:45