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The series offered an authentic portrayal of day-to-day life for the inmates and staff, reflecting the shift from a Victorian ethos of punishment to one of rehabilitation and focussing on the challenges facing successive female governors – not least the conflict between adherence to rules and sensitivity to individual needs. Setting the template for numerous later series, this groundbreaking drama is still fondly remembered more than 30 years after its original screening.
This fifth and final series (only ever seen in a few ITV regions) sees a new governor at Stone Park Prison; Hel-en Forrester has left to study women’s prisons in Europe and Susan Marshall has been appointed to act as gov-ernor during her absence. At first the staff are startled by Mrs. Marshall’s coolness and disciplinarian approach, but she is not insensitive to the atmosphere and menace on North Wing…
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 650 minutes
Main Language: English