'Arrival' originally transmitted on BBC1, 1 September 1975
Written by Adele Rose, directed by Julia Smith
Maureen Morahan prepares to leave Ireland to train as a nurse at St Angela's
Hospital in London. Meanwhile, in Bath city centre, Pat Rutherford is
shopping with her friend Lucy. Pat tries on nurse's shoes, but Lucy is
unimpressed and compares them to corrective boots. Maureen's mother tries
to persuade her to train in Ireland, because English life is too
permissive. Maureen promises her mother she will return home when she is
fully qualified. Pat's father believes his daughter lacks commitment and
offers to help find her other employment. Maureen takes the ferry across
the Irish Sea and arrives in England. Pat says goodbye to her father and
gets on the same London-bound train that Maureen is travelling on.
At Paddington Station, Maureen tries to ask a woman for directions, but is
ignored. A rail guard points her towards the Circle Line, but does not
speak to her. Pat takes a taxi to St Angela's. Maureen arrives later
on foot. The trainees gather together and the formidable-looking Sister
Broomstock takes a roll call. Pat and Maureen have been given rooms next
to each other. Maureen enters her room and stares for a moment at the
nurse's uniform laid out on the bed then smiles. Pat turns up, already
dressed in her nurse's gown and complaining about how it makes her look.
She also fears that Sister Broomstock, to whom she refers as 'the broomstick,'
has taken an instant dislike to her. Maureen relates how her mother came
to London to train as a nurse, but had to return home for family reasons.
Pat promises to call on Maureen later so they can attend a coffee evening
An unkempt elderly man is brought into the ward from casualty. Nurse Jo
Longhurst is unhappy that they did not clean him properly. At the coffee
evening, Miss Windrup greets the trainees and explains about the hospital.
As they head back to their rooms, Pat asks Maureen if she would like to visit
the local pub. Maureen politely declines, but agrees to share the bottle
of sherry Mr Rutherford gave Pat as a leaving present. Pat admits she has
doubts about nursing. Previously, she has tried secretarial college,
reception work and teacher training. The two discuss how they got here and
realise they were on the same train, which they take to be a good