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A Prisoner's Tale 

Jack Lynn finds the brutal system in prison as corrupt as that which sent him there.


Les Blair


G.F. Newman


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Jack Lynn
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Cathy Lynn
Edward Cast Edward Cast ... Governor Maudling
Roger Booth ... Chief Officer Carne
Farrell Sheridan Farrell Sheridan ... Principal Officer McClean
Gil Sutherland ... Principal Officer Allen
Harry Walker Harry Walker ... Dr. Eynshaw
Ronald Bonfield Ronald Bonfield ... Stephen Collins
Robert Bill Robert Bill ... Micky Dunkerton
Bruce White Bruce White ... Bob Mark
Reginald Stewart Reginald Stewart ... Alan Thompson
Martin Jacobs Martin Jacobs ... Bryan Smith (as Martyn Jacobs)
Myles Reithermann Myles Reithermann ... Mervyn Latimer
Gilbert McIntyre Gilbert McIntyre ... Baylis
Ronald Clarke Ronald Clarke ... Brian Lang


Jack Lynn finds the brutal system in prison as corrupt as that which sent him there.

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Crime | Drama



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27 April 1978 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


A poster behind the MP in his office refers to a real campaign to free David Cooper and Michael McMahon, imprisoned in 1970 for the murder of a sub-postmaster in a bungled robbery. Their conviction, like Lynn's, depended primarily on evidence from a corrupt senior police officer. After a national outcry the men were released in 1980, but not actually cleared until 2003 by which time both had died. See more »

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A Prisoner's Tale
16 June 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Lynn's conviction is based primarily on evidence from a corrupt police officer. Lynn is looking to appeal his conviction but it will take time and cost money.

In the meantime Lynn is doing bird and he is not doing it quietly. He is told to keep his head down and do his time but Lynn wants to rebel and strike back when he sees other prisoners being abused. He is even planning to escape.

The prison system will not take Lynn's rebellious attitude lying down and are determined to break Lynn down.

There are some similarities to the banned BBC play Scum that was due to be broadcast in 1977. The demeaning and a dehumanised prison system, you even have a scene where a nonce is beaten and then brutally raped by another prisoner.

At the end Lynn looks like a beaten man, even a reduced sentence is not much of a solace for him. Lynn might had been a criminal whose turn it was to face some rough justice. The odds were always against him.

Writer GF Newman has finished his landmark docudrama with a provocative episode.

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