Foxtel titles Wentworth & Grand Designs Australia are set to screen on Free to Air with ABC acquiring rights to early seasons.
Season One of Wentworth, which debuted on Foxtel in 2013, will screen from 9pm Thursday April 12. While the show has been available internationally via Netflix, this marks it’s only broadcast outside the Pay TV platform.
ABC’s deal with Foxtel comes at a time when SBS was looking for second-window opportunities for projects with Screen Australia funding.
A date for Grand Designs Australia, which launched on Pay TV in 2010, is yet to be confirmed.
Wentworth is a contemporary drama set in a prison which initially follows Bea Smith’s (Danielle Cormack) incarceration and her subsequent rise to the top of the prison’s hierarchy.
This ground-breaking and much acclaimed Foxtel drama has gained popularity worldwide, and has garnered multiple nominations and numerous awards including three Logies; three AACTA awards and three ASTRA awards for both the show itself and members of its cast. Additionally, Danielle Cormack and Robbie Magasiva received (respectively) Outstanding Actress and Actor in a Drama Series at the Monte Carlo TV Festival.
Many of Australia’s finest and most loved actors have had ongoing roles or made guest appearances on Wentworth, including: Aaron Jeffrey, Sigrid Thornton, Kris McQuade, Kate Jenkinson, Catherine McClements, Leeanna Walsman, Libby Tanner, Lynette Curran, Hunter Page-Lochard, Martin Sacks and Kate Atkinson.
The ABC is also very excited that Grand Designs Australia is about to find a home on free to air. Grand Designs Australia – also from Foxtel – is a local adaptation of the British series of the same name, and sees host and architect Peter Maddison chronicle the construction of grand and unusual houses.
Grand Designs, the British version starring Kevin McLeod, has been one of ABC’s most popular programs since it first appeared on our screens more than a decade ago, so we can’t wait to present our viewers with this additional offering.