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Within These Walls: The Complaint (ITV 18 Sep 1976, with Coral Atkins)



In The Complaint inmate Mavis Smith has made something of a nusiance of herself with constantly complaints, Prison Officer Spencer in particular has a strong dislike for herself. When Mavis’s room is trashed and her tobacco is stolen she is convinced Officer Spencer is responsible – especially when her elderly cellmate Dolly Grey claims she saw Spencer leaving their cell.

Mavis decides to take matters to the visiting magistrate but if she is not believed then she stands to lose a good deal of her remission and privileges. Things take a difficult turn for Mavis when Dolly Grey changes her mind about what she saw.

There is a strong guest appearance from Coral Atkins of A Family At War as Mavis.

UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 18 September 1976

Writer: Tony Hoare / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Paul Annett

Series: Within These Walls Season 4 Episode 2

Katharine Blake as Helen Forrester
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Beth Harris as Liz Clarke
Miranda Forbes as Officer Parsons
Sonia Graham as Martha Parrish
Coral Atkins as Mavis Smith
Dawn Perllman as Pauline Johnson
Carole Hayman as Joan Fleet
Norah Blaney as Dolly Grey
Bernard Horsfall as Mr Parrington