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Feb 28, 2017

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How did you guys out there first get introduced to wentworth and does ur partner share your love of wentworth

Feb 28, 2017

Great question, Phoebe. I think someone recommended Wentworth to me when I was talking about OITNB. And I think how my partner feels about the show is pretty clear lol.

Mar 1, 2017

I was asked to watch Wentworth right after Christmas in 2015 by a friend. I didn't get around to actually watching Season 1 Episode 1 until January last year and I was hooked! Since then I have sat through all 4 seasons several times. And yes my partner loves it as well.

I got into Wentworth basically when season one came out on DVD at time I didn't have Foxtel I basically love anything in tv that is Aussie I was hooked. My husband not so much due to his Indian believes some topics are very confronting. but even with that the case he still lets me talk about it and even takes me to all the meet and greet even when they are 1200km away So I went in search of people that shared my love of Wentworth and because of this I have found many people and made some great friends and 4 of us have decided to do a 100km walk together to raise money for Oxfam

Mar 2, 2017

A friend recomended it right after season one. It didn't take long for me to get hooked. My wife watches it with me but she's just not into it as much as I am. She doesn't like foreign tv (which I love) because she has a hard time understanding the accents. This is the only foreign show she does watch. For me if someone has an Aussie accent, it automatically puts you on the top of my hottie list. LOL

Mar 6, 2017

I found it on Netflix. I was housesitting and SO bored so I gave it a go. All three seasons. Franky/Bridget = hook/bait. So, yeah, those homeowners will see that their house was well taken care of. ☺ And my non-existent partner absolutely loves Wentworth!

Mar 7, 2017

Michelle, what you mean is, from now on any potential relationships would have to have Wentworth as a deal breaker, eh? ;)

Mar 10, 2017

I have to thank Netflix for recommending it after watching OITNB and British shows. I did think it was British at first but was pleased to be exposed to a new country. I agree with Kathy that the Aussie accents make our sexy ladies even sexier.

Mar 12, 2017

Liron, exactly! :)

Mar 13, 2017

My best friend introduced me to Wentworth after she saw how much I loved Rush when it came to the US on Hulu. She loved the show and looked forward to season five, but sadly passed away very unexpectadly last year. I'm looking forward to its release on US Netflix so I can binge watch for the both of us!

Mar 13, 2017

Very sorry to hear that, Kelleigh. We have a new tradition on our vlog, we invite the viewers to give a "shout out" to someone their fellow fan friends. If you ever wanted to commemorate her on Talking Teal, we would be happy to help.

Mar 13, 2017

That's so sweet! Her name is Meagan. She had Aspergers, and was Incredibly difficult to please, but she knew how much I had connected with Nic da Silva's character, Stella, on Rush, so she started watching Wentworth to see if she thought I'd like it, amd ended up really enjoying it herself...in small doses ;) Meg had a brain tumor that had likely been growing for 20+ years that no one ever knew about, and two days after she became symptomatic, she passed away. She was a beautiful soul whom I wish more people had taken the time to get to know. They have no idea what they missed out on, but I'm so blessed to say that for 27 years, I did! Thank you!!

Mar 13, 2017

That is beautiful. Please feel free to write a dedication to her, the way you would like it read on Talking Teal, and email us at ladypartsvlog at

gmail.com at any time, if you want us to share it with everybody. Theses stories of friendship and how fandom is shared between friends and brings people together is what it's all about.

Kelleigh I will keep Meagan in my mind when I watch season 5. I work with a lot of people with Aspergers as apart as my work and all are lovely but very misunderstood U must be a very special person for her to feel comfortable around you

Mar 27, 2017

Phoebe you didn't actually say where you live.

I'm a Brit and was on tenter hooks waiting for Wentworth to start here. As a teenager I used to stay up very late to watch old re-run episodes of Prisoner Cell Block H. (How it took me so long to realise I was gay is a mystery.) I loved Wentworth from the word go and often like the links they make with old original characters.

Finerthings2017 from from Australia lol I'm so excited I'm actually going to the premiere night for Wentworth next Tuesday which is exciting

Mar 28, 2017

I've never heard of a premiere night for a tv show. Please tell us about it.

So basically I'm a member of the afi Australian film industry and they put on nights for austraian movies and tv show Like the last one they had was for the movie lion and they had the director and some of the actors thete so after the movie u got a q/a. So with Wentworth the producer , Pamela rabe . Nicole da silva and Kate atko will be at the event so they will be showing the first two episodes on the night before the public even gets to see the first one and after thay a q/a with them and opportunity to

Meet them so should be a good night

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