Film Victoria has supported a new 20-episode season of the award winning drama

Film Victoria has supported a new 20-episode season of the AACTA and TV Week Logie award-winning drama Wentworth which will see Australia’s longest running one hour drama series remain on air through until 2021.

The gritty drama series has captivated audiences at home and internationally with its nail-biting storylines, remarkable performances by an extensive ensemble cast and high production values. The commissioning of these additional episodes will see it reach an extraordinary 100 episodes.

A Fremantle production for Foxtel, Wentworth is a re-imagining of the original Prisoner series, launched in 2013 and has been a global phenomenon with over 140 territories including United Kingdom, France, Canada, Finland, Israel and Macedonia screening the series and adaptations produced in four countries.

Fans of the show around the world will no doubt be celebrating the news that they’ll be seeing more quality storytelling and strong, authentic and diverse female characters from this ground-breaking drama.

Since 2012, the series has generated $80 million for Victoria’s economy and created over 550 jobs behind and in front of the camera each season – and made an enormous contribution to Victoria’s incredibly strong screen industry.

Wentworth created history by being the first Australian drama to win both the Most Outstanding Drama and Most Popular Drama Logies for season 5 bringing the total number of Logie Awards to six, along with four AACTA Awards and four ASTRA Awards. 

When season 7 of Wentworth returns to FOX Showcase in 2019 the prison is on the brink of imploding as the fiery confrontation between the two emerging titans, Rita and Marie, is imminent after the season 6 bloody finale.

Season 8 will commence production next year.