Seven has announced Australia’s number one rating drama series Packed to the Rafters will return for a new season in 2013, with production of series six to begin later this year.
Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson, much loved as Julie and Dave Rafter, will find their lives ‘packed’ again, with returning family members and new faces.
Angus McLaren, Hugh Sheridan, Michael Caton, George Houvardas, Hannah Marshall, Zoe Cramond, Brooke Satchwell, Ryan Corr, Merridy Eastman and James Stewart are all set to return for 2013, with further cast announcements to follow.
Winner of 13 Logie Awards over the past four years, including consecutive Most Popular Drama wins, and a Gold Logie for Rebecca Gibney, Packed to the Rafters remains the country’s top-rating drama. Now into its fifth series on air, the show’s average audience for 2012 is 1.567 million viewers.
“It’s a privilege to be in people’s lounge rooms each Tuesday night, and we are thrilled there will be more Rafters next year,” Gibney said today. “There is so much love for the show. Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t stop me to chat about Julie. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in my career.”
Thomson added: “The show has cemented its place in people’s hearts. Everyone is emotionally invested in the Rafters and there’s so much more in store for them this year and next. The entire cast love making this show as much as viewers enjoy watching it.”
Seven’s Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, said: “In the next series, we’ll see more of the humour, love and warmth we’ve come to know from the Rafters. Everyone at Seven is incredibly proud of the production and what it has achieved. We’re very excited about where Rafters is headed in 2013.”
Over the coming weeks, some of the show’s most powerful episodes will air as Julie and Dave enter a crossroads in their marriage.
“The scenes were very emotional for us, because we love Julie and Dave as much as the viewers do,” Gibney said. “It’s very real and we believe the story will resonate with the audience. Life isn’t always easy, and Julie and Dave will find their relationship challenged in a way it hasn’t been before.”