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Within These Walls: Public Opinion (ITV 11 Feb 1978, with Rowena Roberts)

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In Public Opinion, another episode co-written by series mainstay Mona Bruce, Kath is serving a sentence for her part in a terrorism campaign. She is a massively talented classical pianist and has become something of a pet project of Martha Parrish’s. She is due to come up for parole soon, she is more than keen so that she can continue her piano training. So that she can practice as much as possible Charles Radley and Martha set her up with a dummy piano in her cell. More than a few of the other inmates think she is getting preferential treatment.

Kath is just one of several inmates who are due to appear before the parole board. All of them have various problems that could jeopardise their early release.

Another interesting episode with some salient points to make, although pretty much everyone at Stone Park agrees Kath should be given parole the Home Secretary is swayed by public opinion. Such was impact that the terrorists have had on the country and the fact that the bombings are still going on.

classic quote
“Once you’ve heard Russ Conway you’re spoilt for others.”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 11 February 1978 at 11.15pm

Writers: Mona Bruce, Robert James / Production Design: Andrew Gardner / Director: Marek Kanievska

Series: Within These Walls Season 5 Episode 4

cast
Sarah Lawson as Susan Marshall
Beth Harris as Liz Clarke
Sonia Graham as Martha Parrish
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Peter Mayes
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Rowena Roberts as Kath
Judith Fielding as Jenny
Ann Tirard as P.O. Wakely
Miranda Forbes as Officer Parsons
Jan Younger as Glenda
Sandra Voe as Maggie
Gareth Forbes as Waiter

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