Within These Walls: Guessing Game (ITV 8 Mar 1974, with Angharad Rees)

Within These Walls: Guessing Game (ITV 8 Mar 1974, with Angharad Rees)

In Guessing Game, Anne French, a young inmate on Janet Harker’s wing gives Faye food for thought. She is sharing a cell with Rowena Patterson who has developed a really strong attachment to Anne. Anne seems to be something of a trouble maker despite being excessively nice to everyone, she also seems to be given to romancing where the truth is concerned. She has told Rowena that when her sentence is over she can move into her parents’ house in the country with them – the problem is Anne has no parents and no house in the country.

Faye thinks a recent conversation she had with an old friend, an ex-magistrate, may well have some truth in it. He, George, is adamant that it is almost impossible to get to know female prisoners and that they find it all too easy to live a kind of fantasy life.

The lovely Angharad Rees takes centre stage as Anne French but Rosalind Ayres takes the acting honours as her cellmate Rowena. She is the one who really suffers at the hands of Anne’s lying.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 8 March 1974 at 9.00pm

Writer: P.J. Hammond / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Bill Bain

Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Mayes
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Janet Lees Price as Janet Harker
Rosalind Ayres as Rowena Patterson
Angharad Rees as Anne French
A.J. Brown as George
Sheila Raynor as Winnie
Joan Harsant as Officer Dale
Judith Bruce as June
Brenda Kempner as Miss Johnson
Brenda Cavendish as Shirley
Beth Harris as Miss Clarke

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series crew details

  • Creator and Series Consultant: David Butler
    Theme Music: Denis King
    Executive Producer: Rex Firkin
    Producer: Jack Williams

production info

  • Release Date: 1974-1978
  • Country: UK | ITV – London Weekend Television
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 72×50 minute episodes