Acclaimed prison drama Wentworth has been renewed for a seventh season.
Foxtel Head of Publicity Jamie Campbell made the announcement at a media gathering today ahead of the 6th season premiere. Production gets underway in Melbourne on Friday and continues until July.
Cast and producers joined media for a screening of the first episode of the upcoming season, on set with FremantleMedia.
Wentworth is already Foxtel’s longest running drama, surpassing A Place to Call Home, Satisfaction and Love My Way.
It is seen in more than 140 territories and there are productions in Dutch, German and Flemish. It recently won the AACTA Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series and was nominated in multiple categories at the Logie Awards.
Foxtel is yet to confirm returning cast.
Season 6 with Susie Porter, Leah Purcell and Rarriwuy Hick begins Tuesday June 19 at 8.30pm on Showcase (Season 1 begins on ABC tomorrow night).
Updated: Foxtel’s Head of Drama and Wentworth Executive Producer Penny Win said: “It’s hard to believe we are already rolling the cameras on season seven of Wentworth. It feels like only yesterday we were reintroducing Foxtel viewers to such iconic characters like Bea Smith and Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson. The way in which our audience, both locally and internationally, has connected with the show goes to prove that people will watch, embrace, love and continue to support quality Australian drama.
“The on-going global success of Wentworth truly comes down to the inspired writing and the talented cast and crew who keep raising the bar every season, and to the legion of loyal fans who tell us how much they love it,” she said.
FremantleMedia Australia Director of Drama and Wentworth Executive Producer Jo Porter said: “The recently announced addition of the brilliant Leah Purcell, Susie Porter and Rarriwuy Hick to our ensemble of exceptional cast speaks to the reputation Wentworth has maintained for attracting the best talent on and off screen. Fuelling this is the bold and fearless storytelling of Marcia Gardner and her team of writers who put complex female characters and their stories at the heart of our world.
“No one takes the ongoing passion and commitment of our incredible local and global audiences for granted. And I know the writers together with Series Producer Pino Amenta and our talented Directors and crew are going to deliver another emotional and dramatic ride like no other.”