Wentworth is the name of a series, due to be screened on Foxtel on the SoHo channel in March 2013. The show itself is inspired by classic TV show "Prisoner", or "Prisoner: Cell Block" H as it is known outside Australia.
Prisoner Bea Smith - DANIELLE CORMACK (Underbelly, Razor, Rake)
Prisoner Franky Doyle - NICOLE DA SILVA (Rush, East West 101)
Prisoner Doreen Anderson - SHAREENA CLANTON
Prisoner Liz Birdsworth - CELIA IRELAND (Laid, All Saints)
Prisoner Jacs Holt - KRIS MCQUADE (Killing Time, The Circuit)
Governor Meg Jackson - CATHERINE MCCLEMENTS (Rush, Tangle, Water Rats)
Deputy Governor Vera Bennett - KATE ATKINSON (Offspring, Rush)
Officer Matthew 'Fletch' Fletcher - AARON JEFFERY (Underbelly Badness, McLeod's Daughters)
Officer Will Jackson - ROBBIE MAGASIVA Shortland Street)
Lawyer Erica Davidson - LEEANNA WALSMAN (Underbelly Badness)
Of the listed characters, there is only one character who did not appear in Prisoner - Jacs Holt.
ABOUT THE SHOWEdit
Wentworth is a 10 part series, featuring a young Bea Smith arriving at prison for the first time. At the time of writing this, the series has not been broadcast, so virtually nothing else is known of storyline. Bea Smith shouldve been played by the character Jac, she looks more rough like the old Bea Smith
Filming has taken place at a purpose built prison-type set, built in Clayton, Melbourne, in Australia.
The preview vid for the show, depicts Bea in a large room, Frankie, Doreen, Lizzie and newcomer Jacs Holt seperately, and also features a girl running after the camera which is backing away from her, which may or may not be Bea's daughter Debbie. The video also shows Meg in uniform.
One of the promo videos for the show has revealed the steam press has also survived the transition to the new series.
Differences Between Prisoner and WentworthEdit
- Erica Davidson is now a much younger lawyer.
- Doreen Anderson is now an Aboriginal character.
- Jim Fletcher is now Matthew Fletcher
- Lizzie Birdsworth is now listed as "Liz" Birdsworth
- Meg Jackson is now the Governor.
- Meg Jackson killed in first episode not her husband.
- Vera Bennet is not as harsh as the old Vera Bennet, and more closely resembles the original Meg Jackson*
- Expect Vera to become more nasty, as the creators point out.