Wentworth Prison Series 1 Review “The Things We Do”

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Its presentation day at Wentworth Prison, and most of the girls are willing to announce how much better off they are inside than they were out – including Franky. Our episode focuses on Liz, however, and we revisit her dark past just as a fellow inmate nearly kills her daughter with a heroin overdose.

We’ve seen Wentworth get increasingly dark over the weeks, and this episode doesn’t stray from that path. I really like the focus on individual characters each week, as it feels as if we wouldn’t get as good of a picture of the prison if it were structured like a typical drama. Liz, for example, is a character that we hadn’t seen much of before this episode, and now we know about her past, why she’s locked up and what makes her tick. She seems to be our institutionalised prisoner, desperate to stay inside so that she doesn’t repeat the mistakes she did the first time around.

And those mistakes were quite significant, as a drunken rampage through a party she had planned to make amends resulted in the death of her mother-in-law. You can guess that her family, who she had promised to stop drinking for, aren’t too pleased with her right now, and the help and support she gets in Wentworth is probably much preferable to the pressures of the outside world. She goes so far as to completely sabotage a presentation evening she and Erica had arranged, just so the people that matter can see her fall of the wagon.

Besides the focus on Liz, we see a relationship between Erica and Franky emerge this week. We knew it was coming, since Erica has always seemed to quite enjoy the attention she gets from Franky, but it looks as though the feelings are quickly growing into something more substantial. It has the potential to become a sweet yet salacious affair, and I can’t wait to see how it develops.

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Wentworth Prison airs on Channel 5 in the UK.