Australian TV TV

Punishment (Channel 10 1981, Barry Crocker, Mel Gibson)

Prison drama series Punishment told the often brutal stories of the staff and inmates of Longbridge Prison. Superintendent Alan Smith was governor of the jail, Jack Hudson was chief officer; Larry Morrison was a recidivist prisoner whilst Paul Wells was in prison for the first time (his Dad Sam also happened to be in the same prison).

To get away from the often quite grim goings on in the prison there was a lot of scenes of the officers home lives and the convicts families and so on.

The set, built at the Channel 10 studio’s, cost some $85,000. A then unknown Mel Gibson was a semi regular in the series. Many of the stories featured were based on real cases.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – Grundy / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast from 21 February 1981)

cast
BARRY CROCKER as Governor Alan Smith
KEN WAYNE as Chief Officer Jack Hudson
MICHAEL SMITH as Paul Wells
BRIAN HARRISON as Sam Wells
MEL GIBSON
BRIAN WENZEL as Wally Webber
MIKE PRESTON as Larry Morrison
JAMES C. STEELE
ROSS THOMPSON
DAVID SPENCER
ARTHUR SHERMAN
JULIE McGREGOR as Julie Smith





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