Hit Foxtel drama Wentworth is to be renewed for 20 new episodes, delighting thousands of fans who had feared the show was ending.
Shooting will recommence next September for screening in 2020 – 2021.
The renewal comes on top of Season 7 already completed earlier this year, taking the series to a total of 100 episodes.
The vote of confidence comes after the rare feat of winning Logies as both Most Outstanding and Most Popular Drama.
Several months ago there was speculation the series was concluding, but Foxtel indicated discussions were ongoing.
That led to a fan campaign to “Save Wentworth” and an early priority for incoming Fremantle CEO Chris Oliver-Taylor.
TV Tonight understands discussions to continue the show took place between Oliver-Taylor, Fremantle Director of Scripted Jo Porter, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany, Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh, and Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win.
Foxtel is expected to formally announce the renewal in early December.
The series, based on Reg Watson-created Prisoner, is currently Australia’s longest-running one hour drama, sold to 141 international territories, plus German, Dutch & Turkish remakes.
Season 7 is due to screen on FOX Showcase in 2019.