The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SoHo At the end of last week’s episode of this stun­ning reinvention of the old Pris­oner se­ries, some­thing so vile was done to Bea Smith’s daugh­ter Deb­bie (played with won­der­ful tar­nished in­no­cence by Ge­or­gia Flood) that, in ad­di­tion to yelling ‘‘ no!’’ at the screen in hor­ror and help­less­ness, I ac­tu­ally lost sleep af­ter­wards. Stun­ning tele­vi­sion. I’m try­ing to avoid spoil­ers here for those who haven’t tuned in this time around and in­tend to in the fu­ture, so let’s just say the in­ci­dent is vi­tal in the de­vel­op­ment of the char­ac­ter of Bea (Danielle Cor­mack) en route to her top-dog sta­tus in the prison. Cor­mack’s per­for­mance in the af­ter­math tonight is in­cred­i­bly mov­ing. Went­worth goes from strength to strength. Next week, the pow­er­ful sea­son fi­nale. A sec­ond sea­son has been com­mis­sioned and will screen next year.

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