What's the story?

The final series of Orange is the New Black arrives on Netflix this Friday (July 26).

Why should I watch?

Inspired by the memoir of former prisoner-turned-author Piper Kerman, the TV series was created by Weeds showrunner Jenji Kohan. Since it debuted in 2013, OITNB has cleverly segued from being a darkly comedic drama about life behind bars in a women's prison into a searing commentary on US crime and punishment. Series seven will bid farewell to the inmates of Litchfield for good. Sob.

Are you actually crying?

A little. It's been a tough year. We've already had to say cheerio to Veep, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory.

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Fair enough. Can I get a quick OITNB recap?

When we last left Litchfield, three women were set for release, one had been convicted of a murder she didn't commit, another was rushed to medical and two notorious inmates lay dead. A kickball tournament was taking place.

Why orange?

It's the colour of the prison uniforms. Although confusingly they are also khaki, navy blue and pink.

What can we expect this series?

Hope, heartbreak and hard-fought redemption.

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Anything else?

The catchy title theme song You've Got Time by Regina Spektor is an instant earworm.