CHANNEL 5, 10.00PM Those who remember the wobbly sets of cult Eighties soap Prisoner:
Cell Block H might be surprised by this gritty contemporary reboot, returning for its fourth run. The award-winning Australian drama boasts boxset-standard production values and has broken ratings records Down Under.
We return four months after the explosive events of series three, which ended with Wentworth burning down. Vera “Vinegar T--s” Bennett (Kate Atkinson) has taken over as governor of the rebuilt prison, with Will Jackson (Robbie Magasiva) as her deputy. Top dog Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) discovers that unstable extremist Kaz Proctor (Tammy MacIntosh), leader of feminist vigilante group the Red Right Hand, has built up a loyal following among the women – and whereas Bea was once their idol, she’s now being targeted as a traitor. However, Bea is unaware that an even more dangerous enemy is waiting in the prison wings: deranged former governor Joan “The Freak” Ferguson (the superb Pamela Rabe) has been released from psychiatric care and put in isolation at Wentworth, where she’s
Action on the inside: Danielle Cormack