MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday July 23, 2020
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WENTWORTH EMBARKS ON ITS PENULTIMATE SEASON
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Seasons 1-7 streaming now on Foxtel
Beloved by fans and applauded by critics, acclaimed prison drama Wentworth season 8 returns for an extended sentence this Tuesday July 28 at 8.30pm on FOX SHOWCASE.
The inmates and guards of Wentworth have loved and lost a lot over seven seasons, from brutal attacks in the shower block, ramps, lockdowns, drug use, body bags, love stories, riots, fires and a deadly siege – whatever you do don’t touch the panic button, Wentworth is about to head into unchartered territory when the Freak returns in one of the most twisted plot lines yet.
When the prison gates open on season 8 two new heritage characters arrive on the prison bus, Lou ‘Fingers’ Kelly (Kate Box) and Reb Keane (Zoe Terakes); also entering the building is new General Manager Ann Reynolds (Jane Hall). In episode three, young British hacktivist Judy Bryant (Vivienne Awosoga) joins the inmates and immediately wins the support of the women, and later in the series new character Sheila Bausch (Marta Dusseldorp) enters the compound on remand for mass murder.
Other cast members include: Leah Purcell (Rita Connors), Pamela Rabe (Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson), Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett), Katrina Milosevic (Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins), Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson), Kate Jenkinson (Allie Novak), Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart), Rarriwuy Hick (Ruby Mitchell) and Susie Porter (Marie Winter) along with support cast Jacquie Brennan (Linda Miles), David de Lautour (Dr. Greg Miller) and Louisa Mignone (Zaina Saad).
Wentworth is a Fremantle production for Foxtel with Fremantle Director of Scripted, Jo Porter and Foxtel’s Senior Drama Consultant, Penny Win as executive producers. Pino Amenta is series producer for season eight. The directors are Kevin Carlin, Beck Cole, Fiona Banks, Corrie Chen, Roger Hodgman and Mat King. The writers are John Ridley, Kim Wilson, Pete McTighe, Max Conroy and Marcia Gardner, who is both script producer and writer. Season 8 is supported by funding from Film Victoria.
Wentworth S8 will premiere Tuesday, July 28 at 8.30pm
Watch on FOX SHOWCASE or stream on Foxtel
Seasons 1-7 are currently available to stream on demand