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Au Revoir Wentworth: Australia’s Orange Is The New Black

Written by on November 19, 2021

Story by Chuck Tackett

Au Revoir Wentworth: Australia’s Orange Is The New Black

 One thing that I love about Netflix and other similar TV channels is the fact that we here in the USA are given a true view of other cultures from around the world. A prime example is the Australian TV series “Wentworth” that airs on Netflix.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Australian TV series, it focuses on the life of character Bea Smith who gets charged for the attempted murder of her husband. The series focuses on how smith handles the hierarchy of Wentworth Prison to be able to survive.

The first episode started in 2013. It was the most-watched Australian drama premiere according to Foxtel.

Foxtel is an Australian pay television company. The TV series was picked up by New Zealand and the United Kingdom. There, it is known as “Wentworth Prison.”

Down through the years, the popularity of “Wentworth” has grown tremendously. In its 8th and final season in the fall of 2021, it is being shown in 90 countries around the world. My 3 favorite characters of the entire 8 year run of “Wentworth” haven’t changed. They are:

Boomer – She is an inmate. I learned that she is also a fan favorite. Australian actress Katrina Milosevic portrays her. She is considered an Australian treasure. Boomer is one of the muscles at Wentworth. She has a heart of gold as well. As the series progresses, you learn behind all that rough and tough exterior, Boomer has a lot of insecurities.

Will Jackson – He is a prison guard who later gets promoted to the warden, or governor, as we learn what Australians call wardens of prisons. Will is played by Samoan/ New Zealand actor Robbie Magasiva. Will at first is a very easy-going prison guard until his wife is murdered during a prison riot. Will gets lost in his grief, but eventually, some of his humanity returns.

 Joan Ferguson – She is the main antagonist of the entire series. Whether she is the warden or as a prisoner, her character is very complicated. She is very sneaky & vexatious. Her character is played by Canadian/Australian actress Pamela Rabe. Her performance is outstanding along with Katrina Milosevic who plays inmate Boomer.

“Wentworth” is the contemporary re-telling of the popular Australian TV series “Prisoner” which aired from 1979 to 1986.

 Even though Netflix says that Season 8 of “Wentworth” is the last season, we all can still remember Netflix renewed the American television series “Lucifer” twice because of complaints from fans of the show, which I was one of them. “Lucifer” was an American TV series that Netflix picked up. “Wentworth” is an Australian TV series that ended in October 2021. That might be a difference whether Netflix would pick it up because of fans’ complaints, but who knows? With “Wentworth” having an international following, that might be a possibility.


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