Repeat offender: tv remakes, reboots and revival from Prisoner to Wentworth and beyond

Tessa Dwyer, Philippa Burne

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With media reports announcing TV's ongoing 'reboot craze', this chapter examines the continuing pull of women-in-prison (WIP) serials across industry shift and transformation, exploring the circuitous, self-generative cycle of revival and remaking set in motion by Australian TV classic Prisoner (1979-86) and its home-grown 'dark reboot' Wentworth (2013-21).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTV Transformations and Transgressive Women
Subtitle of host publicationfrom Prisoner Cell Block H to Wentworth
EditorsRadha O'Meara, Tessa Dwyer, Stayci Taylor, Craig Batty
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherPeter Lang Publishing
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781789975086
ISBN (Print)9781789975062
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameAustralian Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
PublisherPeter Lang


  • Television
  • Australian television
  • Women
  • Gender
  • Women-in-prison
  • TV drama
  • TV seriality
  • TV remakes
  • Reg Grundy
  • Prisoner
  • Wentworth
  • Dangerous Women
  • Broadcast
  • Fremantle
  • Format trade

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