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Within These Walls: Is There Anyone Out There? (ITV 22 Apr 1978, with Stephanie Cole)

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In Is There Anyone Out There? Mrs Armitage’s husband is going downhill and she realises she needs to devote more time to looking after him.

At Stone Park there is an air of tension hanging over South Wing but nobody can quite put their finger on what is causing the disquiet.

Meanwhile Georgie Weeks has turned up in the hospital wing, having had another relapse. She has been happily living with Mrs Dobin for the past six months, but the equally elderly Mrs Dobin has suffered a stroke and has had to go and live with a neice. Georgie has to share a cell with the troublemaking Tottie but it seems she is the only one who can handle her having known her most of her life.

Fittingly the final episode is written by series creator David Butler. There is a definite sense of closure with Mrs Armitage deciding to take early retirement to look after Ted full time. There is a genuinely emotional moment when Mrs Armitage sees Georgie for the last time. Mrs Armitage sits with Mrs Weeks as she dies but before she goes she manages to tell Mrs Armitage who is causing the trouble on South Wing. It turns out be Kitty Fenner who is using her skills as a ‘fortune teller’ to get what she wants.

Charles Radley also looks to be moving on as his application to become governor of a small men’s prison looks like it will be succesfull. The episode ends with Susan Marshall pretty much confirming it to Charles and the final shot is a classic look down the empty prison wing as the day ends.

It was probably the right time to end the series, these final episodes hadn’t been fully networked across the various ITV regions and was all too often relegated to a late night slot when it was shown. Sarah Lawson made an excellent governor, much kindlier than either Faye Boswell or Helen Forrester.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 15 April1978 at 11.15pm

Writer: David Butler / Production Design: Michael Yates / Director: John Gorrie

cast
Sarah Lawson as Susan Marshall
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Peter Mayes
Beth Harris as Liz Clarke
Sonia Graham as Martha Parrish
Elaine Wells as P.O. Spencer
Shirley Dixon as Mrs Phillips
Miranda Forbes as Officer Parsons
Betty Romaine as Georgina Weeks
Charles Morgan as Ted Armitage
Liz Smith as Tottie Dowd
Stephanie Cole as Kitty Fenner
Catherine Kessler as Lesley Reed
Liz Myers as Nancy

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