13th July 2019 - TV Week
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Wentworth locked in its winning ways at the Tv Week Logie awards
There are a few things in life you can count on - death, taxes and the cast of Wentworth winning awards. At this year's TV WEEK Logie Awards, Wentworth took home the Logie for Most Oustanding Drama series = a category it has won two years in a row.
"It's fabulous - it's great for the show and we're gearing up for season eight, so it's very exciting," Leah Purcell, 48, who plays Rita, said following the victory.
The win cements the show as one of Australia's most-loved dramas.
"To be honest, none of us expected it - especially after winning last year," Jacqueline Brennan, who stars as senior officer Linda, added. "It's such an honour to be voted by our industry as Most Outstanding, so we're dead chuffed!"
For relative newcomer Susie Porter, who joined Wentworth only last year as Marie, this Logie win makes it two from two in the Most Outstanding Drama category during her time behind bars.
"To me, it's a brilliant show for us women to be able to do stuff men have been able to do," Susie, 48, said. "I didn't think it was going to go our way this year after winning two last year."
The show's ongoing recognition comes as little surprise, however, as it has consistently raised the bar for homemade productions.
The current season - its seventh - is no different.
Thrilling, emotional and unpredictable, the recent on-screen death of Kaz Proctor (Tammy MacIntosh) was further proof Wentworth is unafraid to shake things up - even if it means devastating the tight-knit cast.
"We filmed a scene in the yard where we placed a candle; Tammy wasn't there, but we had a little private moment and recognised that we appreciate what she brings to the cast," Leah admitted. "We're going to miss her terribly."
And as for Tammy, while leaving Wentworth represents the end of an emotional journey, there is a silver lining to her next chapter.
"I'm looking forward to being a mother to my 12-year-old son and being home for the first time in five years for a while," Tammy said. "I just want to stop, refill the emotional tank, and just see what comes my way. Wentworth is intense, so I feel really light for the first time in years."
Members of the cast often admit the show's bleak subject matter takes a toll.
Katrina Milosevic, who plays Boomer, confessed it took time between seasons to shed the emotional baggage.
"The season on air now nearly killed me," she said. "I felt emotionally wrecked. I feel like I'm just coming out of it now. I had to make some changes - I ate better and started exercising more, and that really helped!"