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Within These Walls: Failing To Report (ITV 22 Feb 1974, with Paul Darrow)



Within These Walls

In Failing to Report Charles Radley finds himself in trouble after he is involved in a minor car accident, there is little damage to either car but the man driving the other vehicle decides to take the matter further. Radley has to appear in court and receives a fine for failing to report an accident. Matters are made worse when he fails to report the incident to Faye too. He has already been put in his place after speaking rather too freely about reform at a prison conference.

Radley, thinking he has lost the respect of the inmates, decides to resign but Faye talks him round, making him see that the inmates need to see them as human and making mistakes is all part of that. There are quite a few scenes of Radley at home with his wife and they really are not getting along at all. Beth Radley seems very much against Charles’ work and has had basically had enough.

Meanwhile inmate Clare Staines is causing a major stir at Stone Park. A long term inmate she is behaving quite out of character and causing trouble all around. Eventually it’s discovered that her young neice is very ill in hospital and Clare is desperate to see her.

A strong episode for Jerome Willis as Radley. Former Play School presenter Floella Benjamin pops up as one of the inmates and Paul Darrow plays the doctor boyfriend of Janet Harker.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 22 February 1974 at 9.00pm

Writer: Rosemary Anne Sisson / Production Design: David Catley, Bryan Bagge / Director: Christopher Hodson

Series: Within These Walls Season 1 Episode 8

Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Mayes
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Alan Stuart as Driver
Elizabeth Bell as Clare
Paul Darrow as Dr Richard Green
Diana Rayworth as Miss Berryman
Audrey Muir as Miss Flaxton
Janet Lees Price as Janet Harker
Alison King as Sadie Bell
Floella Benjamin as Barbara
Beth Harris as Miss Clarke
Patricia Maynard as Beth Radley
Peter Vidovic as Interpreter
Yona Gailit as Russian Journalist