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Pay-TV operator Foxtel has renewed its longest running original Australian drama series Wentworth for a fifth season, set to air in 2017.

Foxtel logoFremantleMedia Australia will begin production on the 12-episode fifth season of the acclaimed drama in Melbourne in August, just after the fourth season draws to a close domestically on 26 July.

“Wentworth has gone from strength to strength over the past four seasons. Not only is it an international television success story, now showing in 141 territories, it is a ratings blockbuster and fan favourite for Foxtel audiences. We are extremely proud of this long-running drama juggernaut,” said Penny Win, head of drama, Foxtel.

“It was a very easy decision to commission a further season of this brilliantly constructed and crafted programme from our production partner FremantleMedia. There is a lot in store both for the women behind bars and those on the outside.”

FremantleMedia Australia director of drama and Wentworth executive producer Jo Porter added: “As season four comes to a close, the audience has witnessed a dangerous shift in the power base at Wentworth which is building to an unmissable conclusion next week.

Wentworth has built a reputation for delivering a world with unexpected twists and turns where no character is safe. The season’s end provides a chilling platform for our script producer Marcia Gardner and the writing team to shape the next chapter for our regular characters, along with some new faces in the yard and on the outside. With series producer Pino Amenta at the helm, our ambition to keep lifting the bar and reward our audience both locally and internationally couldn't be stronger.”