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'Prisoner Cell Block H' remake 'Wentworth' to air on Channel 5 in UK

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Prisoner Cell Block H remake Wentworth is to air on Channel 5 in the UK.

Based on the classic Australian soap opera, the ten-part Wentworth will premiere later this year.

Prisoner Cell Block H remake Wentworth

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Set in the violent, dangerous environment of a modern prison, the series is described as a "graphic, edgy reboot" of the original Prisoner.

Danielle Cormack and Nicole da Silva will star as lead inmates Bea Smith and Franky Doyle.

Katie Keenan, Head of Acquisitions at Channel 5, said: "Wentworth will be a great addition to Channel 5's drama output this autumn.

"This compelling cast of female characters packs an emotional punch and will appeal to the Channel 5 viewers who love our range of crime output from dramas to factual series."

Initially devised as a 16-part mini-series, the original Prisoner Cell Block H ultimately ran for 692 episodes between February 1979 and December 1986.

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