Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.




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Series cast summary:
Kate Atkinson ...  Vera Bennett 100 episodes, 2013-2021
Katrina Milosevic Katrina Milosevic ...  Sue 'Boomer' Jenkins 100 episodes, 2013-2021
Robbie Magasiva ...  Will Jackson 100 episodes, 2013-2021
Jacqueline Brennan ...  Linda Miles 99 episodes, 2013-2021
Celia Ireland ...  Liz Birdsworth 80 episodes, 2013-2019
Pamela Rabe ...  Joan Ferguson 70 episodes, 2014-2021
Kate Jenkinson ...  Allie Novak 66 episodes, 2016-2021
Bernard Curry ...  Jake Stewart 62 episodes, 2016-2021
Lauri McLennan Lauri McLennan ...  Prisoner / ... 5 episodes, 2013-2019
Nicole da Silva ...  Franky Doyle 56 episodes, 2013-2019
Lucia Brancatisano Lucia Brancatisano ...  Officer Peta Webb 6 episodes, 2013-2021
Shareena Clanton Shareena Clanton ...  Doreen Anderson 53 episodes, 2013-2017
Eloise Wright Eloise Wright ...  Prisoner / ... 2 episodes, 2014-2020
Danielle Cormack ...  Bea Smith 46 episodes, 2013-2016
Tammy Macintosh ...  Kaz Proctor 46 episodes, 2015-2019
Rarriwuy Hick ...  Ruby Mitchell 42 episodes, 2018-2021
Susie Porter ...  Marie Winter 39 episodes, 2018-2021


Fans of the iconic Prisoner Cell Block H series, which pushed boundaries over three decades ago and still boasts a loyal following worldwide today, will remember Bea Smith as gutsy and fearless, ruling Wentworth Correctional Centre with an iron fist. But who was Bea Smith before prison? How did a wife and mother from the suburbs become a top dog without rival? Wentworth Prison is a dynamic, often confronting, drama series that begins with Bea's early days in prison. Set in the present day, it is a modern adaptation of Prisoner Cell Block H that contemporises legendary characters and their stories for today's audience. This series takes the viewer inside to an uncompromising environment that explores the politics of women in a world without men, and how such a threatening experience both challenges and often changes those confined and working behind the razor wire. The audience will be introduced to Bea all over again and meet her allies and enemies in the form of iconic inmates: ... Written by ahmetkozan

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One sentence can change your life. (Season 2) See more »


Crime | Drama


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The series has received 24 Logie Award nominations, winning seven in total, in which Danielle Cormack, Celia Ireland and Pamela Rabe have been recipients respectively, while the show has won the award for Most Outstanding Drama Series in 2015, 2018 and 2019 respectively, and for Most Popular Drama Program in 2018. See more »


No one would have sent the warden of a prison as an inmate of the same prison that they worked at. See more »


May Jenkins: Nothing will take you down.
Linda Miles: That shit isn't helpful Jenkins.
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Alternate Versions

During the series finale of Season 7, it was expected that the series was ending for good, with an alternate ending filmed. This ending showed three inmates walking into the compound from the series predecessor Prisoner Cell Block H. With another scene with Vera with baby Grace, Franky and Bridget. Both scenes were deleted when the series received its renewal. See more »


Referenced in Wentworth: Behind the Bars: A Look at Season 8 (2020) See more »

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A great re-make of a classic Aussie drama
1 May 2013 | by mastas1See all my reviews

Initial skepticism of trying to remake a classic serial drama like Prisoner was quickly dispelled in the first few minutes of episode 1. This is a completely new take on a long running series from the 1980s with the necessary level of added grit needed in 2013. Whilst employing many of the well known character names; the "new" version has created juicy variations to the originals. Those familiar with the original series should not allow themselves to by put off in the early stages by casting of different types to play the original characters. Ep 1 was edgy, well paced and the acting overall was very good. If Wentworth can maintain the same intensity over its remaining 9 episodes of season 1, it will be a treat to watch. As well as seeing how the initial variation to different main characters develop, perhaps growing into their more familiar traits from the original series as the new series progresses. Clearly this re-make is attempting to tell the background story as to how the likes of Bea Smith, Vera Bennett, Meg Jackson and Frankie Doyle came to be like they were in the original Prisoner series.

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