Four-part series following the making of four beautiful objects, handcrafted by companies with a royal warrant.
Status: To Be Determined
Runtime: 30 minutes
Handmade: By Royal Appointment - First Blood (Wentworth) - Netflix
“First Blood” is the thirty-fifth episode of the Australian drama series Wentworth. It is also the first episode of the show's fourth season, and was broadcast on 10 May 2016. The episode's story begins four months after the events of the previous episode, “Blood and Fire”. “First Blood” saw the introduction of Kate Jenkinson's character Allie Novak, former prison Governor Joan (Pamela Rabe) returning as an inmate and the beginning of a rivalry between centric character Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) and Kaz Proctor (Tammy Macintosh). The episode also includes scenes set outside the prison, which follow Franky Doyle (Nicole da Silva), a former inmate who is released on parole. It was the first episode of the show to be filmed at a new rebuilt set. It has received generally positive reviews from television critics. Reviews regarding scenes in which Joan is incarcerated in a glass-walled cell were less favourable.
Handmade: By Royal Appointment - Reception - Netflix
“First Blood” was watched by 140,000 Australians according to overnight ratings regarding the original airdate. In the United Kingdom 930,000 watched the episode on Channel 5. Seneca Cabrera from The Bit Bag stated “Wentworth does not like to disappoint their fans when it comes to releases. Episode 1 was shown yesterday, May 10, to give you a start of another season packed with exciting revelations once again.” Graeme Blundell for The Australian described the episode's opening as “an eerie and atmospheric opening sequence” Elaine Atwell writing for AfterEllen said “I watched this episode, and I realized just how happy I am to be back behind bars.” Atwell also praised the character development of Kaz during the episode, adding “even just one episode in, Kaz emanates an electricity that feels like standing too near a power station. She hums with it. Her face is tight with it...” “First Blood” was included in Soaplife's “Must see TV” feature. The features writer opined that it returned with plenty of stories and it was “all change” for the characters. TV Choice included the episode in their “pick of the day” feature and a writer said that it brought about “big changes” in the series. Linda Howard from the Evening Times said that the episode sets up the show for another “turbulent season”. Matt Baylis from the Daily Express criticised it, singling out scenes featuring Joan being held in a cell with a glass window. They noted it was implausible for her to be able “to smell things and spot tiny details that unsettle all who visit her” while behind glass. However, Gerard O'Donovan (The Daily Telegraph) disagreed and praised the scenes as “a triumph of camp, lip-quivering menace in a glass-walled cell.” She added that “First Blood” was “an absolute belter, featuring a cast of fabulously strong, variably humane female characters.” Michael Moran from Bt.com bemoaned the dearth of realism in the episode. They were cynical about a prison governor being incarcerated in their former place of work. They added that “First Blood” is “to be watched as it was made: with tongue firmly in cheek.” David Roy of The Irish News called this episode “A welcome return for the best prison drama on telly.” Herts & Essex Observer stated “Welcome back to Wentworth Prison, the Australian jail where the staff are arguably more dangerous than the inmates.” Meanwhile, David Stephenson from Express said " I’ve always wanted to see what happens when a woman willingly throws herself on to razor wire. The result was rather gross, and ear-splitting. Some moments in the drama were so out there, the continuity announcer warned the audience about “disturbing scenes” on returning from every commercial break."
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