Fans cheer as prison drama Wentworth gets 20 more episodes

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Fans have rejoiced after reports Foxtel prison drama Wentworth will return with more episodes.

The long-running Australian drama series will get 20 new episodes before it leaves TV screens.

The show’s seventh season wrapped up production in Melbourne on July 27 and will screen next year. It was filmed back-to-back with season six and premiered on Foxtel on June 19.

However in July, rumours spread about the cancellation, mobilising fans to campaign to “Save Wentworth”.

Now TV Tonight reports that shooting on the new episodes will recommence next September, with the 20 new episodes keeping the show on TV screens until at least 2021.

On Thursday Foxtel said there is nothing to announce “at this stage.”

However, TV Tonight reported that Foxtel will announce this next month.

More than 9,000 fans signed a petition calling for the the prison drama to be renewed, created after the rumours the show had been axed.

Wentworth screens in more than 140 countries and in Australia has a loyal LGBTIQ following.

The show won Most Outstanding Drama Series and Most Popular Drama Program at the 2018 Logie Awards on the Gold Coast.

Actress Pamela Rabe, who plays Joan “The Freak” Ferguson, won a Logie for Most Outstanding Actress this year.

Prison drama Wentworth began in 2013

Wentworth was first broadcast on Foxtel on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on the 10 network from 1979 to 1986.

Lara Radulovich and David Hannam developed Wentworth from Reg Watson’s original concept.

The series is set in the modern day and initially focused on Bea Smith’s (Danielle Cormack) early days in prison and her subsequent rise to the top of the prison’s hierarchy.

Following Cormack’s departure from the show at the end of the fourth season, the series shifted its focus onto a more ensemble format.

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