Prisoner Cell Block H

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

TV legend Grundy dies at 92

Australian television legend Reg Grundy has passed away at 92. Reports say he died in Bermuda, where he lived, on Friday. Grundy (pictured above, in 1959; and below right) is credited with developing hugely successful Australian soap opera Neighbours, ground-breaking women’s prison drama Prisoner: Cell Block H (recently rebooted as Wentworth) and TVNZ’s Shortland St. […]

Australia and NZ take a seat at the drama table

Producers in Australia and New Zealand are creating a new wave of international-friendly scripted series for their distribution partners to take to market, but the popularity and lower cost of formats and reality shows poses a threat to the sector, report Dan Barrett and Stewart Clarke. Expectation. Its shadow carries considerable weight across Australia and […]

Wentworth locks down Oz’s best-ever pay TV ratings

The inaugural episode of Prisoner Cell Block H reboot Wentworth has become the most-watched show ever on Australian pay TV aside from sport. The series airs on pay TV operator Foxtel’s SoHo channel. The opening episode went out on May 1 and, factoring in all airings, notched an average audience of 631,000. The ratings make […]

News brief: Channel 5 buys Prisoner Cell Block H reboot

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired Wentworth, the upcoming reboot of Prisoner Cell Block H. The 1980s cult Australian women’s prison drama is being remade and distributed by FremantleMedia International, which launched it at MIPTV. The story revisits the Wentworth Correctional Centre and some characters of the original series. In Australia, the 10x1hr series […]

MIPTV News: FremantleMedia takes Cell Block remake to Cannes

The new international arm of FremantleMedia is launching drama series including the Prisoner Cell Block H reworking Wentworth at MIPTV. Wentworth, which comes from FremantleMedia Australia and is based on Prisoner (or Prisoner Cell Block H as it was known in the UK) is set to debut on Foxtel channel SoHo. The 10x60mins series has already pre-sold […]