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Wentworth Set to Return! Foxtel commissions a further 20 episode

Wentworth Set to Return!
Foxtel commissions a further 20 episodes

Foxtel today announced AACTA and TV Week Logie award winning drama Wentworth has been commissioned for a further 20 episodes. The history-making announcement will see Australia’s longest running one hour drama series remain on air until 2021.

A seventh season is currently in post-production and will screen in 2019. Season eight is supported by Film Victoria and will commence production next year.

A Fremantle production, Wentworth 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.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, said: “Foxtel is proud and delighted to confirm a further 20 episodes of Wentworth. The renewal of this much loved drama is testament to Foxtel’s unwavering commitment to Australian story-telling.

“Wentworth has captivated audiences in Australia and all over the world with its gritty 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”.

Fremantle CEO Asia Pacific, Chris Oliver-Taylor, said: “Foxtel have nurtured and supported the confronting world of Wentworth beautifully through its first seven award-winning series and we are thrilled to be producing another 20 episodes with them. Jo Porter and Pino Amenta lead an exceptionally creative production team with Marcia Gardiner at the helm of our brilliant writing team. Wentworth is a premium global drama for Fremantle and the news of Series 8 will be celebrated around the world.”

Victorian Minister for Creative industries, Martin Foley, said: “Wentworth is a shining star of Victoria’s incredibly strong screen industry. It’s a series that has contributed $80 million to Victoria’s economy and created over 550 jobs each season since 2012. We are proud to support it through Film Victoria and look forward to more quality storylines, more strong, authentic and diverse female characters, and to creating more jobs for Victorians behind and in front of camera.”

Wentworth created history being the first Australian drama to win both the Most Outstanding Drama and Most Popular Drama Logies for series 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.

-Brad

12 Days of Christmas on Foxtel Movies Watch live or stream on FoxFlicks, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now From 6.00am Friday December 14 – Christmas Day

12 Days of Christmas on Foxtel Movies
Watch live or stream on FoxFlicks, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now
From 6.00am Friday December 14 – Christmas Day

Christmas movie lovers! It’s that time of the year again, when Foxtel Movies stuffs your stocking full with its 12 Days of Christmas Pop Up Movie event – with all titles available to stream On Demand on FoxFlicks, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now just in time to lift your holiday spirits.

Join in the Christmas movie countdown from 6am Friday December 14 until Christmas Day (Tuesday December 25 2018) and reminisce over the silly season with a sensational selection of Christmas movies that keep on giving.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be thankful for your own family and wondering what maple syrup really is like on spaghetti as you binge the best and most outrageous Christmas movies on offer.

Get into the spirit with the all-time, all-star romantic comedy hits Love Actually (Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Kiera Knightly), The Holiday (Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black) and The Family Stone (Diane Keaton, Rachel McAdam, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson)

Christmas movie lovers still can’t get enough of Elf’s (Will Ferrel) shenanigans from the North Pole to the big city, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s antics in Jingle All the Way, or Kevin McCallister’s (Macaulay Culkin) escapades when he’s Home Alone. And Christmas Eve wouldn’t be the same without a little Bruce Willis action in Die Hard, nor the holidays without Chevy Chase and his National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

Don’t forget to laugh yourself silly with the recently released Bad Mom’s 2 (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell) and Daddy’s Home 2 (Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell). And sprinkle on a few animations that bring that Christmas magic to life including Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

FoxFlicks On Demand also features over 70 movie titles on the Christmas is Coming and Merry Me Christmas Movies playlists.

The 12 Days of Christmas Movie Pop Up will screen the following festive favourites in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on Channel 404 and On Demand via FoxFlicks, Foxtel Go and Foxtel Movies:

Friday December 14: Love Actually (2003)
Love’s causing chaos all over London. Even the PM is smitten. Ten separate stories intertwine in a Christmas Eve climax in this romantic comedy that includes Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Liam Neeson.

Saturday December 15: Elf (2003)
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. Stars Will Ferrell and James Caan.

Sunday December 16: Die Hard (1988)
High above the city of LA, a team of terrorists has seized a building, taken hostages, and declared war. But one man has managed to escape detection – an off duty cop with only a service revolver. Stars Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.

Monday December 17: Dr. Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town. Starring Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen and Jeffrey Tambour.

Tuesday December 18: The Family Stone (2005)
An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Luke Wilson and many more.

Wednesday December 19: The Santa Claus (1994)
A divorced dad accidentally knocks off Santa and inherits his job. He gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elves who run the North Pole, while trying to hide it all from his family. Stars Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson and Judge Reinhold.

Thursday December 20: Home Alone (1990)
An 8-year-old boy is accidentally left home alone in the Christmas holidays by his family and ends up using all his wits to foil two dastardly thieves. Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Friday December 21: Daddy’s Home 2 (2017)
Having finally gotten used to each other’s existence, Brad and Dusty must now deal with their intrusive fathers during the holidays. Starring Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow.

Saturday December 22: The Polar Express (2004)
On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. Voices of Tom Hanks and Chris Coppola.

Sunday December 23: Jingle All the Way (1996)
It’s right before Christmas and high-powered businessman Howard Langston is fighting a shopping war in order to buy his son the hottest action figure of the season, Turbo Man. Stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, James Belushi and Phil Hartman.

Monday December 24: Fred Claus (2007)
Santa’s brother Fred, who has lost belief in Christmas, discovers that a scheming efficiency expert is out to shut down Christmas forever. Stars Vince Vaughn, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks and Kathy Bates.

Tuesday December 25: Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Six-year old Susan had doubts about childhood’s most enduring miracle – Santa Claus. In this new holiday miracle, a little girl discovers her dreams can come true if you really believe. Stars Mara Wilson, Elizabeth Perkins and Richard Attenborough.

Additional titles on the Foxtel Movies Pop Up include:

The Holiday (2006)
Iris is in love with a man who is marrying another woman. Across the globe, Amanda, realizes the man she lives with has been unfaithful. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Stars Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and Jack Black.

Bad Moms 2 (2017)
In addition to hosting their own mothers, our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas. Stars Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Susan Sarandon.

Home Alone 2: Lost New York (1992)
(1992) One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind. Stars Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Tells the tale of the magical journey that led to the creation of “A Christmas Carol” forever changing the holiday season we celebrate today. Stars Christopher Plummer and Dan Stevens.

Gremlins (1984)
Hilarious, subversive and wickedly scary film about Gizmo the mogwai, a cuddly critter that multiplies with savage consequences. Great special effects and amazingly realistic mechanical creatures. Stars Zach
Galligan and Phoebe Cates.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion. Animation voiced by Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara.

Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You (2017)
After Mariah sees a puppy, she knows what she wants for Christmas. She must prove that she can dog-sit the worst dog! Voices of Mariah Carey and Henry Winkler.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Stars Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki.

-Brad

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