Renewed: 20 more episodes for Wentworth

Hit Foxtel drama will be on air for 3 more years.

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.

13 Responses

  1. I sure can hardly wait for the 7th season of Wentworth to be released on Netflix as I am in the US. I used to live in the burbs of Melbourne near Ferntree Gully for almost 7 years back in the mid 90’s to early 2000’s. I prefer Wentworth over US’s Orange is the New Black…that show sucks balls. Wentworth is heaps better!!

  2. Great news it still has at least a few more series left in it i hope the reimage the character of Judy Bryant and also bring back Franky but on the outside maybe running a halfway house with gidget

  3. Love this news! I think there is plenty of stories still to tell whilst I wouldn’t say the show has been better without Bea, it’s still proven to be gripping drama that I absolutely love and isn’t close to burning out like OITNB has.

  4. Oh my!! This is far and away the best Australian series ever created. So this is epic news for me!!

    Contrary to what a few others think tho, I find that every season has been masterful. There’s never been a dull moment for me.

    1. Agree Troy. Although the show did struggle slightly without it’s three big characters (Bea, The Freak and Frankie) this season, it was still brilliant.

  5. Great news! Have only started to watch his via the ABC as we are not Foxtel subscribers and thoroughly enjoy it. Great news for Australias actors and crew!

    1. Yes, fantastic news !
      I’m also only up to Season 2 via the ABC and I’m loving it.
      Powerful and brilliant in every way with the most amazing cast.
      Definitely up there as one of my favourite local dramas.
      The theme song is perfect as well.

  6. Excellent news. Too many quality drama titles get cancelled once the startup funding ends. It’s always good news when people in television get to keep their jobs

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