The fifth season of Foxtel’s AACTA and TV WEEK Logie Award-winning Australian drama Wentworth will premiere Tuesday, April 4, at 8.30pm AEST on showcase.
After leaving viewers in shock at the end of last season, the story resumes in the days following Bea Smith’s tragic death at the hands of Joan Ferguson.
Emotional, psychological and professional shockwaves pound the inmates and staff of Wentworth Correctional Centre. Governor Vera Bennett is under fire from Corrective Services and, with Will on suspension, she is relying more on her deputy Jake, not realising he is now Ferguson’s puppet.
New top dog Kaz has a challenge to restore order amongst the traumatised inmates, though Sonia remains aloof focusing on her upcoming trial. Liz has to decide if she follows her heart or her head. Doreen struggles with being separated from her son and Boomer supports Maxine as she continues her battle with breast cancer.
On the outside, it falls to Franky to break the devastating news about Bea to Allie.
Starring Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, Pamela Rabe as Joan Ferguson, Kate Atkinson as Vera Bennett, Sigrid Thornton as Sonia Stevens, Celia Ireland as Liz Birdsworth, Katrina Milosevic as Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins, Shareena Clanton as Doreen Anderson, Robbie Magasiva as Will Jackson, Tammy MacIntosh as Kaz Proctor, Kate Jenkinson as Allie Novak, Bernard Curry as Jake Stewart and Socratis Otto as Maxine Conway.
The supporting cast includes Libby Tanner as Bridget Westfall, Jacquie Brennan as Linda Miles, Martin Sacks as Derek Channing, Sally-Anne Upton as Lucy Gambaro, Steve Bastoni as Don Kaplan, Charli Tjoe as Tina Mercado and Ra Chapman as Kim Chang.
Shot on location in Melbourne, Wentworth is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. The drama premiered in May 2013 to critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.
Five seasons on, Wentworth is Foxtel’s longest running Australia drama, with a passionate fan base here and in 140 territories around the world.
Wentworth’s award wins include
- AACTA Awards - Best Television Drama Series (Season 4), Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for Pamela Rabe (Season 3).
- TV WEEK Logie Awards - Most Outstanding Drama Series (Season 2), Most Outstanding Actress for Danielle Cormack (Season 2) and Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Celia Ireland (Season 3).
- ASTRA Awards – Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for Nicole da Silva (Season 1), Most Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for Danielle Cormack (Season 2) and Most Outstanding Drama (Season 1 and Season 2)
Following the weekly season five premieres, Wentworth will be available to watch on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. Customers can also stream the series live on showcase or through Anytime on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. The first four seasons of Wentworth are available to stream now. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.