Intense and emotional, this landmark ’70s drama series pulled no punches in its portrayal of life inside a women’s prison. Created by Oscar and Golden Globe nominee David Butler and produced by BAFTA Award nominee Jack Williams, the series remains a high point of British television drama.
The series offered an authentic portrayal of day-to-day life for the inmates and staff, reflecting the shift from a Victorian ethos of punishment to one of rehabilitation and focussing on the challenges facing successive female governors – not least the conflict between adherence to rules and sensitivity to individual needs. Setting the template for numerous later series, this groundbreaking drama is still fondly remembered more than 30 years after its original screening.
This fifth and final series (only ever seen in a few ITV regions) sees a new governor at Stone Park Prison; Helen Forrester has left to study women’s prisons in Europe and Susan Marshall has been appointed to act as governor during her absence. At first the staff are startled by Mrs. Marshall’s coolness and disciplinarian approach, but she is not insensitive to the atmosphere and menace on North Wing…
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