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Within These Walls: New Girls (25 Mar 1978, with Cherith Mellor)



In New Girls, three new trainee prison officers get to know the workings of Stone Park. It’s very much a baptism of fire all of them. One of them is a housewife who lives around the corner from Stone Park, one is a former bus conductress who seems to relish the new power she holds over the prisoners and the other is a former PA who has given up her high powered career to try and help people.

All three are rather naive it has to be said and end up getting caught out in one way or another. One of the three, Miss Lester, ends up handing in her resignation.

Something of an out of character episode, nothing actually happens and only Mrs Armitage, and Charles Radley appear out of the main cast although Officers Spencer and Carto do make an appearance along with head cook Mr Jackson.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 25 March 1978 at 11.15pm

Writer: Kathleen J. Smith / Production Design: Andrew Gardner / Director: Michael E. Briant

Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Elaine Wells as P.O. Spencer
Jumoke Debayo as Officer Carto
Ena Cabayo as Mrs Brooks
Cherith Mellor as Miss Lester
Arbel Jones as Miss Waring
Tina Marian as Cindy Swales
Richard teele as Mr Jackson
Linda Beckett as Officer Sweeney
Eileen Beldon as Myrtle Boone
Veronica Clifford as Moll Whistler
Lynne Furlong as Veronica Barford
Alexander Hood as Billie