Within These Walls

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Within These Walls
Within These Walls Intertitle.jpg
Genre Soap Opera
Created by David Butler
Directed by John Reardon
Peter Moffatt
Paul Annett
Tony Wharmby
Jim Goddard
Christopher Hodson
Bill Bain
Philip Casson
Starring Googie Withers
Jerome Willis
Denys Hawthorne
Beth Harris
Mona Bruce
Sonia Graham
Joan Benham
Janet Lees Price
Theme music composer Denis King
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 72
Executive producer(s) Rex Firkin
Producer(s) Jack Williams
Location(s) London, England
Running time 52 mins (excluding commercials)
Original network London Weekend
Picture format PAL 576i
Original release 4 January 1974 – 15 April 1978
External links
Production website

Within These Walls is a British television drama programme made by London Weekend Television for ITV and shown between 1974 and 1978. It portrayed life in HMP Stone Park, a fictional women's prison. Unlike the later women-in-prison TV series Prisoner (aka Prisoner: Cell Block H, original run 1979-1986) and Bad Girls (1999–2006), Within These Walls tended to centre its storylines around the prison staff rather than the inmates.

The lead character was the well-groomed, genteel governor Faye Boswell (Googie Withers), and episodes revolved around her attempts to liberalise the prison regime while managing her personal life at home. Another prominent character was her Chief Officer, Mrs. Armitage (Mona Bruce). Googie Withers left after three series; in Series Four her character was replaced as governor by Helen Forrester (Katharine Blake), who in turn left to be replaced in the final Series Five by Susan Marshall (Sarah Lawson).

The creator and writer of the programme, David Butler, played the prison chaplain,[1] the Rev Henry Prentice, in some episodes.

As of November 2011 Network DVD have released all five series in the UK,[2] with the exception of "Nowhere for the Kids", an episode from Series Two which appears to have been wiped from the archives.

One audience unable to watch the series were real-life prison inmates: The programme was broadcast at 9:00 p.m., but prisoners were locked in their cells 30 minutes earlier.


  • Googie Withers as Prison Governor - Faye Boswell
  • Katharine Blake as Prison Governor - Helen Forrester
  • Sarah Lawson as Prison Governor - Sarah Marshall
  • Mona Bruce as Chief Officer Mrs. Armitage
  • Jerome Willis as Prison Deputy Governor Charles Radley
  • Denys Hawthorne as Dr. Peter Mayes
  • Beth Harris as Miss Clarke
  • Elaine Wells as Principle Prison Officer Spencer
  • Sonia Graham as Assistant Governor Martha Parrish
  • Miranda Forbes as Prison Officer Parsons
  • Janet Lees Price as Assistant Governor Janet Harker

One successful alumnus from this series was actress Helen Worth, now widely known for her role of Gail Platt on Coronation Street. Worth appeared in an episode of season 1 alongside Cheryl Murray. The two would be reunited as flatmates in Coronation Street in 1977, when Murray joined the cast as Suzie Birchall.


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates Discs
Region 2 Region 1 Region 4
Series 1 13 January 1974 - March 1974 17 July 2006 4
Series 2 12 (Episode 3 'Nowhere For The Kids' missing) January 1975 - April 1975 6 April 2009 4
Series 3 16 September 1975 - December 1975 8 March 2010 4
Series 4 17 September 1976 - December 1976 30 June 2011 5
Series 5 13 January 1978 - April 1978 7 November 2011 4


Series 1[edit]

Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
1 1 "Cause for Concern" John Reardon David Butler 4 January 1974 (1974-01-04)
Faye Boswell has been in charge at Stone Park women's prison for just one month when a prisoner on remand, Martha Kyle, starts to spread stories in the newspaper about her mistreatment by the prison officers. Kyle is a political activist and is taking any opportunity she can to gain publicity. Meanwhile, another prisoner, Peggy Abbot screams every time a prison officer goes near her because she thinks she will be beaten up for being black. Is this simply a misconception of the prison system or is there more to it…
2 2 "Lesson Number One" Peter Moffatt David Butler 11 January 1974 (1974-01-11)
Peggy Abbot is put to work in the prison's nursery to help her cope with her children when she gets out. Things go well at first but soon Peggy starts to show signs of slipping back into her bad old ways... Elsewhere, concern is aired about the friendship between Lily, a domineering prison veteran and Nora a simple-minded first offender. Meanwhile Money is made available for improving the prison. All Faye has to do is to decide where to spend it...
3 3 "The Walls Came Tumbling Down" Paul Annett David Butler 18 January 1974 (1974-01-18)
Building work has begun on filling in the floors of the upper wings to give the prisoners more space. With space at a minimum to house the prisoners while the work is being done trouble soon starts to brew. Then the work starts to slow down. It seems that the work party, made up of male prisoners, don't want to leave. Meanwhile, Faye's son, Paul brings a girl, Sally home with him. Sally has forthright views on the prison system, which clash with Faye's. A few days later a prisoner who has just arrived at Stone Park on remand for drug offences asks to see the governor. When the prisoner is brought to Faye she is surprised to discover that the prisoner is Sally...
4 4 "In Her Own Right" Tony Wharmby Adele Rose 25 January 1974 (1974-01-25)
Stone Park's Deputy Governor, Charles Radley, is threatened by a prisoner.
5 5 "Prisoner by Marriage" Paul Annett Tony Hoare 1 February 1974 (1974-02-01)
Jane Brogan is transferred to Stone Park so that she can be near her husband and children. However, Brogan wants out and intends use her husband any way she can to achieve this aim. Meanwhile, a 16-year-old borstal escapee is sent to Stone Park to await trial. Doctor Mayes is incensed by the girl's treatment by the system, which he feels has failed her totally. He tries to help her, but her distrusted of authority figures threatens to hinder his attempts...
6 6 "The Group" Jim Goddard Terence Feely 8 February 1974 (1974-02-08)
The drugs unit of Stone Park is one of Faye's main concerns, thinking that there must be a better way of treating drug addicts than putting them in prison and doping them up on legal drug substitutes. Dr Mayes introduces Faye to a friend of his, Dr Ormonde who has tried to deal with drug addiction by using group therapy, dealing with the psychological side of the problem. Concerns amongst the prison staff are raised about the scheme because to make the group idea work the addicts must be kept off all drugs. Despite this Faye allows Dr Mayes to set a group up. Things go reasonably well. However, a fly in the ointment in the shape of hardcore addict Magda soon starts to cause trouble...
7 7 "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" Tony Wharmby Tony Parker 15 February 1974 (1974-02-15)
Marilyn Hunter has been in mental hospitals since being convicted of murdering two babies left in her care 12 years previous. Now having been given a clean bill of health she has been transferred to Stone Park. Faye manages to persuade the authorities to allow her to the transfer her without a guard. However, her decision to stop for tea on the way back to Stone Park with Marilyn could cost Faye her job... Meanwhile, prisoner Joan Harrison is due to be moved to a semi-open prison within days. However she doesn't want to leave Stone Park. In particular she doesn't want to leave Martha Parrish behind...
8 8 "Failing to Report" Christopher Hodson Rosemary Anne Sisson 22 February 1974 (1974-02-22)
After attending a conference as a representative of Stone Park Charles Radley receives a summons to court over a motoring incident he was involved in. He decides against telling Faye about the incident. Then the papers get hold of the story... Meanwhile, Claire Staines, a usually passive if distant prisoner begins to show signs of descent for no apparently good reason.
9 9 "Tea on St. Pancras Station" Paul Annett Susan Pleat 1 March 1974 (1974-03-01)
Shirley, a prisoner with mental problems who has passed through institutions run by Faye before is due for release from Stone Park. However, with the medical world having washed their hands of Shirley as an incurable and disruptive case Faye begins to worry about what will become of Shirley once she's on the outside. Faye resolves to help Shirley and make sure that she doesn't end up in prison again.
10 10 "Guessing Game" Bill Bain Peter J. Hammond 8 March 1974 (1974-03-08)
Governor Boswell has to put up with George, an old friend and ex-magistrate, who has peculiar ideas regarding the adaptability of women in prison.
11 11 "When the Bough Breaks" Christopher Hodson Felicity Douglas 15 March 1974 (1974-03-15)
The sentencing of a baby-snatcher creates tension between the prison inmates and the staff.
12 12 "Labour of Love" Paul Annett Peter Wildeblood 22 March 1974 (1974-03-22)
A problem arises for Governor Boswell when a prisoner begins making paperweights.
13 13 "A Sense of Duty" Bill Bain David Butler 29 March 1974 (1974-03-29)
The staff of Stone Park Prison disapprove of the sentencing of a prisoner who poisoned her dying father.

Series 2[edit]

Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
14 1 "When the Door Opens" Philip Casson David Butler 10 January 1975 (1975-01-10)
An old enemy awaits a prisoner who leaves solitary confinement.
15 2 "Remand Wing" Paul Annett Susan Pleat 17 January 1975 (1975-01-17)
An elderly prisoner causes problems in the remand wing.
16 3 "Nowhere for the Kids" Richard Doubleday Adele Rose 24 January 1975 (1975-01-24)
Missing Episode
17 4 "The Slap" Malcolm Taylor Kathleen J. Smith 31 January 1975 (1975-01-31)
A child-murderer faces a very cold reception from both the inmates and the guards of Stone Park prison.
18 5 "Playground" John Reardon P.J. Hammond 7 February 1975 (1975-02-07)
A woman sentenced for child neglect perplexes all when she continues to disown the child.
19 6 "The Truth Game" Jim Goddard Rosemary Anne Sisson 14 February 1975 (1975-02-14)
The two new prison officers who join the staff seem to display very different attitudes about their jobs.
20 7 "Debate" Tony Wharmby Tony Parker 21 February 1975 (1975-02-21)
The Governor and her staff must find a way to deal with a constant troublemaker.
21 8 "Protest" Brian Izzard Tony Hoare 28 February 1975 (1975-02-28)
The death of a prisoner leads inmate Kane to organize a protest about the COD verdict.
22 9 "Let the People See" Philip Casson Peter Wildeblood 7 March 1975 (1975-03-07)
As bad publicity continues to rise, Governor Boswell invites a film crew to make a Stone Park documentary.
23 10 "Skivers" Bryan Izzard David Butler 14 March 1975 (1975-03-14)
Dr. Mayes discovers that an inmate has a serious condition after investigating her acute indigestion.
24 11 "Coming Home" Philip Casson Terence Feely 21 March 1975 (1975-03-21)
Boswell and Radley have a disagreement about her radical plan in confronting Stone Park's drug issues.
25 12 "The Good Life" James Ormerod Victor Pemberton 4 April 1975 (1975-04-04)
An upper class woman on a murder charge arrives at Stone Park.
26 13 "For Life" Philip Casson David Butler 11 April 1975 (1975-04-11)

Series 3[edit]

Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
27 1 "To Reason Why" Philip Casson David Butler 6 September 1975 (1975-09-06)
Governor Boswell's resolve is tested as more unrest plagues Stone Park.
28 2 "Prison Cat" Paddy Russell Kathleen J. Smith 13 September 1975 (1975-09-13)
29 3 "Deception" Philip Casson Tony Hoare 20 September 1975 (1975-09-20)
Officer White becomes involved with a young inmate.
30 4 "Babyface" Malcolm Taylor David Butler 27 September 1975 (1975-09-27)
Governor Boswell searches for a way to stop the campaign of violence that is continuing at Stone Park.
31 5 "Long Shadows" Derrick Goodwin Stuart Douglass 4 October 1975 (1975-10-04)
32 6 "The Keys" John Reardon Susan Pleat 11 October 1975 (1975-10-11)
The inmates at Stone Park find themselves the target of Officer Pinner's personal misfortunes.
33 7 "A Lurking Doubt" Mike Gibbon Felicity Douglas 18 October 1975 (1975-10-18)
An inmate convinces Governor Boswell that she is innocent of her crime.
34 8 "Mother's Girl" John Gorrie Terence Feely 25 October 1975 (1975-10-25)
Stone Park's latest problem is a prisoner guilty of fraud and smuggling.
35 9 "A Free Woman" John Gorrie Julia Jones 1 November 1975 (1975-11-01)
Stone Park receives an inmate who was intentionally caught shoplifting as a way to escape her husband.
36 10 "Getting Out" Bill Bain David Butler 8 November 1975 (1975-11-08)
Problems abound when an inmate arrives who can't speak English and the only option is to let another prisoner act as interpreter.
37 11 "Windows" Christopher Hodson P.J. Hammond 15 November 1975 (1975-11-15)
38 12 "Get the Glory Down" Bryan Izzard Peter Wildeblood 22 November 1975 (1975-11-22)
Prisoner Baines starts to believe she has special powers after her curse on a fellow inmate has surprising results.
39 13 "My Dad was Called Charlie" Bryan Izzard Adele Rose 29 November 1975 (1975-11-29)
40 14 "Inside Out" Mike Gibbon Mona Bruce and Robert James 6 December 1975 (1975-12-06)
A petty theft inmate asks for an abortion from Dr. Mayes.
41 15 "The Animals Went in Two By Two" Tony Wharmby Susan Pleat 13 December 1975 (1975-12-13)
A nurse serving time for murder becomes emotionally attached to a pair of inmates.
42 16 "On the Second Day of Christmas" Bill Bain David Butler 20 December 1975 (1975-12-20)

Series 4[edit]

Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
43 1 "Catalyst" Christopher Hodson David Butler 4 September 1976 (1976-09-04)
Helen Forrester is appointed as the new governor of Stone Park, and quickly finds herself tested with the discipline of the inmates.
44 2 "The Man With the Magic Touch" Christopher Hodson Terence Feely 11 September 1976 (1976-09-11)
Governor Forrester is concerned with the privileges extended to inmates undergoing treatment for drug addiction.
45 3 "The Complaint" Paul Annett Tony Hoare 18 September 1976 (1976-09-18)
Mavis Smith accuses Officer Spencer of theft after her cell is ransacked.
46 4 "The Line of Duty" Paddy Russell David Butler 25 September 1976 (1976-09-25)
The prison officers take another look at the rules after being reprimanded by Governor Forrester.
47 5 "K Block" Bryan Izzard David Butler 2 October 1976 (1976-10-02)
48 6 "A Way of Loving" John Gorrie John Gorrie 9 October 1976 (1976-10-09)
The prison chef kills himself when rejected by one of the prisoner's he has become obsessed with.
49 7 "Love and the Chaplain" Paddy Russell Kathleen J. Smith 16 October 1976 (1976-10-16)
50 8 "The Mystery" Bryan Izzard Tony Hoare 23 October 1976 (1976-10-23)
A new prisoner refuses to speak about her family and takes a strange interest in a child-murderer.
51 9 "A Sentence of Death" Bryan Izzard Peter Wildeblood 30 October 1976 (1976-10-30)
A gypsy, convicted of contempt of court, finds that being locked up is difficult after her lifetime in the open.
52 10 "Vacuum" Paul Annett P.J. Hammond 6 November 1976 (1976-11-06)
Mr. Radley proposes special treatment for a new prisoner who refuses to speak.
53 11 "On Trial" Marek Kanievska Susan Pleat 13 November 1976 (1976-11-13)
54 12 "Visitors" Peter Moffatt Terence Feely 20 November 1976 (1976-11-20)
The Governor expresses concern about Radley's proposal to try a new visitation system.
55 13 "Transfer" Christopher Hodson Tony Parker 27 November 1976 (1976-11-27)
A mystery appears when a transfer from Rugely Prison arrives with an incomplete file.
56 14 "Someone's Got to Do It" Mike Gibbon Mona Bruce and Robert James 4 December 1976 (1976-12-04)
Mrs. Armitage confronts the Governor about the continual problem of violence among the prisoners.
57 15 "Islands in the Heartline" Marek Kanievska Susan Pleat 11 December 1976 (1976-12-11)
Miss Clarke helps Sarah after she becomes obsessed with Dr. Mayes.
58 16 "Invasion of Privacy" Bill Bain David Butler 18 December 1976 (1976-12-18)
Mrs. Weeks, an elderly alcoholic, is back at Stone Park; The Governor's sister pays a visit.
59 17 "Silent Night" Phillip Casson David Butler 24 December 1976 (1976-12-24)
Stone Park does its best to celebrate Christmas.

Series 5[edit]

Title Director Writer(s) Original airdate
60 1 "Mixer" Christopher Hodson David Butler 21 January 1978 (1978-01-21)
61 2 "Arrivals, Departures" Paul Annett David Butler 28 January 1978 (1978-01-28)
62 3 ""Raft"" Christphoer Hodson P.J. Hammond 4 February 1978 (1978-02-04)
63 4 "Public Opinion" Marek Kanievska Mona Bruce and Robert James 11 February 1978 (1978-02-11)
64 5 "Sisters" John Gorrie John Gorrie 18 February 1978 (1978-02-18)
65 6 "Love Me, Love My Bear" Bryan Izzard Terence Feely 25 February 1978 (1978-02-25)
66 7 "The Inquest" Bryan Izzard Tony Hoare 4 March 1978 (1978-03-04)
67 8 "The Governor" Marek Kanievska Susan Pleat 11 March 1978 (1978-03-11)
The governor is accused of being too distant by a prison officer.
68 9 "Freedom" Tony Wharmby Tony Parker 18 March 1978 (1978-03-18)
69 10 "New Girls" Michael E. Briant Kathleen J. Smith 25 March 1978 (1978-03-25)
70 11 "One for the Road" Peter Moffatt Peter Wildeblood 1 April 1978 (1978-04-01)
71 12 "Nemesis" Christopher Hodson Mona Bruce and Robert James 8 April 1978 (1978-04-08)
Jennifer Rawlings begins serving her life sentence for killing her son's murderer.
72 13 "Is There Anyone There?" John Gorrie David Butler 15 April 1978 (1978-04-15)
Tottie Dowd stirs up more trouble in Stone Park.

The Lost episode[edit]

Episode three from series 2, "Nowhere for the Kids", no longer exists in any format, but its script is included in PDF format on Series Two, Disc One. The script is located in the root directory of the DVD and is called "Within These Walls-N#149129.pdf" The script lists St. John's Waterloo church as the rehearsal hall for read-through for the shows.

Despite indications that this episode is unofficially available on the video-sharing website YouTube, this is not the case. 'The Slap' (series 2 episode 4) is incorrectly titled as 'Nowhere For The Kids' on YouTube.


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