Foxtel have explained their decision to bring the curtain down on one of their most successful series ever.

After nine years, the credits for Wentworth’s finale episode rolled overnight – fittingly – to the theme from the original Prisoner, Lynne Hamilton’s ‘On the Inside’.

To say it was popular would be a ridiculous understatement, so why did it end?

Basically, it was too much of a good thing for Foxtel, who admitted that Wentworth’s success meant that other projects were put on ice.

“There are other stories we want to tell,” says Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh told TV Tonight.

“We’re running a commercial business here. We’ve got a finite budget. I’d rather the show go out on top. Wentworth could go on, but it’s time to tell some new stories.”

While production company Fremantle are reportedly already sussing out sequel ideas around the Wentworth universe, it’s Foxtel that has first rights of refusal.

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Walsh said the question around a sequel was an “obvious” one, but we shouldn’t hold our collective breath just yet.

“I think we need to have a break,” he said, adding that a future spin-off wouldn’t necessarily mean a recreation of ‘Wentworth Correctional Centre’, but that world is still a “tantalising and attractive” one.

The bottom line was that such a project would be years away and that new stories would take priority.

Foxtel plans to replace Wentworth with 10-part jury drama The Twelve, in mid 2022.

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