Within These Walls: The Animals Went In Two By Two (ITV 13 Dec 1975, with Angela Thorne)
In The Animals Went In Two by Two Jean Trevelyan is in Stone Park having committed murder, she had fallen in love with the younger sister of the lady she was companion too and the pair had killed her for her money. Inside she has become rather too emotionally attached to two fellow inmates. Claire Rothwell has become deeply attached to Jean but is troubled mentally and moves between sharing a room with Jean and the prison hospital. Meanwhile Jean is also growing close to the younger Sharon Gough. The pair have asked for permission to share a cell, but Miss Parrish is worried about the fallout once Claire returns to the wing.
This was one of the few episodes of the series that dealt with the issue of lesbianism, although to be fair in general it’s usually just taken as an accepted given. It’s also clear from dialogue between Martha Parrish and Faye that Martha is more attracted to women than men. Something that has been hinted at previously but is made obvious here.
There is also quite of lot of interplay between Dr Mayes and Miss Clarke, both single and sort dancing around the edges of a love-hate relationship. Rather than attend a dinner party at Faye’s Peter Mayes instead visits Miss Clarke at home. We learn that Peter is actually divorced and has a couple of kids and although nothing happens between the two of them an offer to cook Peter a dinner another night sees a somewhat hesitant attempt at spending the night together but in the end nothing happens.
There was an interview with Mona Bruce looking at how she was now writing for the series alongside husband Robert James. The pair had written musicals for the stage but the episode Inside Out, which had aired the week before, was their first TV script. The couple had just been on a six week holiday to France but were hoping that more script commissions would come their way. They would in fact contribute several more scripts to the series over the following two seasons.
There was also a short interview with Sonia Graham, who plays Martha Parrish, like Martha Sonia was forty something and single, despite living in a flat in South London her main hobby was gardening (and looked after her 80something father’s garden) and she also professed a love of cycling.
Neither Charles Radley or Mrs Armitage appear in this episode, which turns out to be one of the best of the season. An excellent grown up script from Susan Pleat.
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 13 December 1975 at 9.30pm
Writer: Susan Pleat / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Tony Wharmby
Googie Withers as Faye Boswell
Denys Hawthorne as Dr Mayes
Beth Harris as Miss Clarke
Sonia Graham as Martha Parrish
Angela Thorne as Claire Rothwell
Patricia Garwood as Jean Trevelyan
Carmel Cryan as Mrs Flower
Ann Holloway as Sharon Gough
Elspeth Macnaughton as Nursing Sister
Miranda Forbes as Officer Parsons
Jean Holness as Mrs Evans
season 3, episode 15
series crew details
- Creator and Series Consultant: David Butler
Theme Music: Denis King
Executive Producer: Rex Firkin
Producer: Jack Williams
- Release Date: 1974-1978
- Country: UK | ITV – London Weekend Television
- Language: English
- Runtime: 72×50 minute episodes