Tuesday, April 4, 2017 on showcase.
After leaving viewers in shock at last year’s season finale, AACTA and TV WEEK Logie Award-winning drama Wentworth returns for a fifth season, resuming the story 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. Vera 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 and on the outside, it falls to Franky to break the devastating news to Allie. Doreen struggles with being separated from her son and Boomer supports Maxine as she continues her battle with breast cancer.
Wentworth now screens in 140 countries with adaptations in three different languages and more in development. It boasts numerous awards and nominations locally and internationally including most recently the prestigious peer voted AACTA Award for Best Drama for Season 4. Pamela Rabe received an AACTA for Best Lead Actress in a drama for her chilling portrayal of Joan Ferguson in Season 3 and Celia Ireland (Liz Birdsworth) the TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Season 3.
Marcia Gardner, Wentworth’s script producer and one of its writers since Season 2, received the esteemed Hector Crawford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Craft as a script producer at the 2016 AWGIE Awards.
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 Boomer, 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. 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.