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TV3 GROUP RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday 20th June, 2014
Gritty New Drama Series ‘Wentworth Prison’
Set to captivate audiences on TV3.
A modern and new adaptation of the iconic ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’, ‘Wentworth Prison’ is fast-paced, dark and gritty, and promises to have viewers hooked from the very beginning.
‘Wentworth Prison’ is an award-winning Australian television drama series. The first episode of Wentworth became the most watched Australian drama series premiere in Foxtel history.
In the brand new series, viewers are introduced to inmate Bea Smith, before she came to be the correctional facility’s top dog.
TV3 will premiere the brand new series ‘Wentworth Prison’ in Ireland next Monday 23rd June at 10pm.
Video Link to view the first episode is available on request
Forget Orange is the New Black. Wentworth Prison, an award-winning modern adaptation of the iconic ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ series which pushed boundaries over three decades will premiere on TV3 next Monday.
Wentworth Prison is a brand new dynamic, often confronting, drama series that begins with inmate Bea Smith’s early days in prison. Set in the present day, it is a modern reimagining of ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’, that contemporises legendary characters and their stories for today’s audience.
In episode 1 of this new ten-part series, we meet Bea Smith as she’s being transported to Wentworth Prison. New to prison life, Bea is nervous and unsure of what’s in store for her at Wentworth Prison. Fans of the iconic ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ series, will remember Bea as gutsy and fearless, ruling Wentworth Correctional Centre with an iron fist. But the season premiere introduces us to her before prison - a wife and mother from the suburbs! How did Bea become a top dog without rival? Each episode explores an individual character’s backstory providing an insight to what makes them tick and the circumstances that led them to Wentworth Prison.
The audience will also be introduced to other iconic inmates: Doreen Anderson, Liz Birdsworth and Franky Doyle, as well as new faces such as Jacs Holt, the ruthless matriarch of a crime family who now reigns over Wentworth Prison.
Fast-paced from the start, Wentworth Prison is dark and gritty. Since airing in Australia and the UK, Wentworth Prison has received rave reviews. Its first episode became the most watched Australian drama series premiere in Foxtel history while the UK premiere of the show attracted 1.67 million viewers. TV3 will air the series every Monday night at 10pm from Monday 23rd June.
As well as favourite inmates Bea, Doreen and Franky, favourite officers will also return. Meg Jackson carries a shameful secret; Vera Bennett, the well-meaning officer who discovers everyone has a price; Erica Davidson, the crusading Lawyer and Matthew Fletcher who believes in retribution rather than rehabilitation. And a new face, Meg’s husband Will Jackson whose past still haunts him.
Like the original ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’, Wentworth Prison is, at its heart, a series about survival, a character drama featuring women living in a pressure cooker environment. Despite the rivalries and power struggles, this family of misfits and rebels are forced to forge unlikely friendships and allegiances if they want to survive their time inside.
TV3 will premiere ‘Wentworth Prison’ in Ireland next Monday 23rd June at 10pm.
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