The Prisoner reimagining has attracted good numbers and rave reviews -no small feat given the way a beloved show could have easily ended up.
The first season has also notched up sales to New Zealand’s TVNZ and the UK’s Channel Five.
Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Wentworth‘s bold storytelling has attracted a record-breaking response from our Foxtel customers.
“This drama, tailor-made for Australian subscription television, is capturing local and international attention sparked by its Prisoner heritage but fuelled by Wentworth’s own high production standards and the terrific performance of the ensemble cast.”
The second season will however see a new team leading the writing department after Producer Lara Radulovich left FremantleMedia to produce Carlotta with Story Ark productions. Writer Marcia Gardner (Sea Patrol, Stingers) is tipped to be her replacement.
FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama Jo Porter said “We have assembled an extraordinary team of writers who can’t wait to get started on series two. We have so many more stories to tell.”
Production will be underway late this year at the purpose-built prison set in Clayton and season two will launch in 2014.