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Within These Walls: Coming Home (ITV 21 Mar 1975, with Rosalind Elliot)

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In Coming Home the group therapy sessions for the drug addicts in Stone Park is now a year old and has been very successful, the problems for the inmates though start when they are released. Olive Reardon, a prison who was heavily addicted to drugs on her arrival leaves completely clean, within weeks though she has fallen off the wagon and is back in Stone Park.

Faye decides to set up a completely new self contained drug unit completely separate from the rest of the prison. She also allows former members of the therapy unit to visit whenever they want. It’s obviously a concept fraught with opportunities for disaster but Faye is convinced that it will have a beneficial effect. It soon becomes obvious that indeed the unit is working but when Faye decides to allow acclimatisation days out Olive Reardon using it as an opportunity to escape.

As it happens Olive’s escape (she is very quickly discovered) is merely an attempt to extend her stay in the drugs unit which has become something of a family to her.

More points to think about, especially the issue of what happens to someone with a former drug dependency once they leave the prison system especially if they don’t have a support network. There is a strong script from Terence Feely and a strong performance from Rosalind Elliot as Olive.

Sally Raymond who plays guitar strumming Toomey sings a nicely melancholic “within these walls” song over the end credits too.

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“And you suddenly realise that all these hard faced people can do it anyway. Have always done it. Think nothing of it. So what’s so special about you, when you realise that you’re on your own and you’ve got to make a go of it on your own. Only you’re another year older and you’re still the same person that didn’t make it the first time.”

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UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 21 March 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Terence Feely / Production Design: Rodney Cammish / Director: Philip Casson

Series: Within These Walls Season 2 Episode 11

cast
Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Mayes
Janet Lees Price as Janet Harker
Elaine Ballie as Lorna Fraser
Jenny Short as Stacey
Liz Edmiston as Mona
Rosalind Elliot as Olive
Louisa Martin as Billie
Sally Raymond as Toomey
Bernard G. High as Ambulance man
Annie Irving as Thora Hayes
Helen Francois as Buena Sang
Patricia Macrae as Officer Norris
Dennis Burgess as Sir Charles
Vivienne McKee as Janice Pardoe

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S.W.A.T.: Homecoming (CBS Dec 14, 2017 with Deshae Frost)

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Homecoming: When Hondo’s imprisoned childhood friend asks him to protect his son from gang violence, the favor brings SWAT into contact with a new local crime outfit. Also, when Luca’s grandfather, a SWAT legend, passes away, he struggles with his grief and a painful family secret.

REGULAR CAST:
Shemar Moore (Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson)
Stephanie Sigman (Jessica Cortez)
Alex Russell (Jim Street)
Jay Harrington (David “Deacon” Kay)
Lina Esco (Christina “Chris” Alonso)
Kenny Johnson (Dominique Luca)
Peter Onorati (Jeff Mumford)
David Lim (Victor Tan)

GUEST CAST:
Deshae Frost (Darryl)
Amin Joseph (Tre)
Lindsey Gort (Jilly)
Michael O’Neill (Carl)
Michael Beach (Leroy)
Jonathan Goldstein (Nate)
Susan Angelo (Lila)
Lleythan Crosby (Boy)
Haneefah Wood (Norah)
Nathaniel Kweku (Eddie)
Nick Gracer (Stefan)
Dre Michael Chaney (Shavez)
Jordyn Barber (Brey)
Shalaby Omar (Jo-Jo)
Jacory Gums (Leonard)
Kevin Jackson (Dorsey)
Law Lesane (Souljah)
Cornelius Jones, Jr. (Curtis)
Jordane Christie (O-Dog)
Sven Holmberg (Ivan)

WRITTEN BY: Alison Cross
DIRECTED BY: John Showalter

Series: SWAT Season 1 Episode 7
Air Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
TV10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS

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Designated Survivor: Line of Fire (Fall finale ABC Dec 13, 2017)

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Line of Fire: It’s Christmas Day and President Kirkman is alerted to a group of religious extremists who refuse to evacuate when a forest fire threatens to engulf their cabin. Deploying Emily and Aaron to help diffuse the situation, Kirkman must act quickly to save multiple lives at stake. Meanwhile, the First Lady finally gives her testimony to the FBI director, while what happens next changes the lives of the Kirkman family forever.

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Natascha McElhone as Alex Kirkman, Paulo Costanzo as Lyor Boone, Adan Canto as Aaron Shore, Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes, LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter, Zoe McLellan as Kendra Daynes, Ben Lawson as Damian Rennett Kal Penn as Seth Wright and Maggie Q as Hannah Wells.

Written by Keith Eisner and directed by Chris Grismer.

Series: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 10
Air Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC

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American Housewife: Blue Christmas (Fall finale ABC Dec 13, 2017)

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Blue Christmas: When Doris goes into labor and Katie heads to the hospital to be with her, the Ottos struggle to be in the same place at the same time in order to open their Christmas presents together, as is the Otto family tradition. Meanwhile, Taylor coaches Oliver on the best way to ask out a crush, starting with the gift shop clerk, on a special holiday episode of “American Housewife,” airing as part of Disney|ABC’s special “25 Days of Christmas” programming event.

Cast: Katy Mixon as Katie Otto, Diedrich Bader as Greg Otto, Meg Donnelly as Taylor Otto, Daniel DiMaggio as Oliver Otto, Julia Butters as Anna-Kat Otto, Carly Hughes as Angela and Ali Wong as Doris.

Written by Lindsey Stoddart and directed by Ken Whittingham.

Series: American Housewife Season 2 Episode 10
Air Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time Slot: 9:31 PM-10:00 PM EST on ABC

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