Foxtel announces Wentworth season three

Louise Duffy | 30-01-2014

Foxtel has announced a third season of the prison drama Wentworth from FremantleMedia Australia.

Shooting is under way for season two of Wentworth until mid-February and then production will resume for season three in March, keeping cast and crew in the cell blocks at the Melbourne location until mid-year.

The series debuted on Foxtel’s SoHo channel in May 2013 and the first episode became the most watched non-sports programme ever on Australian subscription television. Across the ten-episode season, Wentworth reached 1.868 million unique viewers – 26% of Foxtel subscribers. The programme has been sold to more than 20 countries.

Foxtel executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said: “Wentworth’s first season was a triumph with its remarkable performance and production qualities which enthralled our Australian audience and achieved such great international recognition. Since October, the cast and the production team, led by producer Amanda Crittenden, have been back on location delivering on the promise of season two’s gripping scripts and the storylines for season three are sensational.”

FremantleMedia Australia director of drama, Jo Porter, added: “Foxtel has been the perfect broadcast partner and has given Wentworth the ideal platform for it to achieve such success both domestically and then internationally. To have this unique Australian programme now airing across the globe fills us with great pride. The commissioning of series three is such a compliment to the hard work and talent of the writers, directors, our outstanding cast and of course the crew, most of whom have been with us since series one. We look forward to continuing our success both here and overseas."

SoHo channel’s premiere date for Wentworth season two will be announced soon.