Within These Walls: Tea on St Pancras Station (ITV 1 Mar 1974, with Frances Cuka)

Within These Walls: Tea on St Pancras Station (ITV 1 Mar 1974, with Frances Cuka)

In Tea on St Pancras Station new inmate Shirley is currently on the hospital wing, she has more than a few mental problems and has quite violent tendencies when things don’t go her way.

Dr Mayes thinks Shirley should go under the charge of the tough Martha Parrish but Faye insists she goes under the care of the much softer Janet Harker. It very soon becomes obvious that Miss Harker’s ward is not the right place for Shirley.

A strong mark of the show is that it does give reason why Shirley has become who she has become. A very troubled home life and then abandonment. It also becomes obvious that part of her behaviour in Stone Park stems from fear of being on the outside and not having anywhere to go.

Faye is determined to help her and fixes her up with a room in a house owned by an elderly couple, sadly she is simply unable to manage and commits suicide by taking an overdose of pills. It’s another rare glimpse into the personal problems of a prisoner on the outside, mostly any glimpses of life outside Stone Park have involved Faye or Charles Radley.

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

Writer: Susan Pleat / Production Design: Brian Bagge / Director: Paul Annett

Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Raymond Adamson as Bill Boswell
Jerome Willis as Charles Radley
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Mayes
Elspeth MacNaughton as Nursing Sister
Frances Cuka as Shirley
Jean Rimmer as Eve Alexander
Mona Bruce as Mrs Armitage
Janet Lees Price as Janet Harker
Audrey Muir as Miss Flaxton
Cheryl Murray as Julie
Beth Harris as Miss Clarke
Elsie Randolph as Mrs Dobing
Edward Evans as Alf Dobing

season 1, episode 9

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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