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:
 Vera Bennett (58 episodes, 2013-2017)
Celia Ireland ...
 Liz Birdsworth (58 episodes, 2013-2017)
 Will Jackson (58 episodes, 2013-2017)
Katrina Milosevic ...
 Sue 'Boomer' Jenkins (58 episodes, 2013-2017)
Jacqueline Brennan ...
 Linda Miles (57 episodes, 2013-2017)
 Doreen Anderson (53 episodes, 2013-2017)
 Franky Doyle (52 episodes, 2013-2017)
 Joan Ferguson (48 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Bea Smith (46 episodes, 2013-2016)
 Maxine Conway (37 episodes, 2014-2017)
 Kim Chang (37 episodes, 2013-2017)
 Matthew Fletcher (34 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Inmate / ... (32 episodes, 2013-2016)
Libby Tanner ...
 Bridget Westfall (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Karen (Kaz) Proctor (29 episodes, 2015-2017)
 Allie Novak (24 episodes, 2016-2017)
 Lucy Gambaro (24 episodes, 2015-2017)


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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One sentence can change your life. See more »


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Ventvort  »

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1.78 : 1
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The writers occasionally reference characters from the previous run in passing: these have included Lexie Patterson and Lou Kelly. See more »


They use the term top dog in the series, in Australian criminal world and inside gaol (jail) being called a dog is an insult saying you are a rat/narc as in the US. See more »


Franky Doyle: I don't eat sausage, I'm vagitarian.
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Referenced in I Be Geniusen Stuff: Wentworth S3 (2016) See more »

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A great re-make of a classic Aussie drama
1 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See 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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