'Rafters' To Return In 2013

Channel Seven today 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 season on air, the show continues to delight audiences nationwide, with over 1.5 million people tuning in each week.

“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,” Rebecca 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.”

Erik 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 is has achieved. We’re very excited about where Rafters is headed in 2013.”

Over the coming weeks, some of Rafters’ 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,” Rebecca 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.”

Packed to the Rafters returns next Tuesday at 8.30pm, on Seven.

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