Airdate: Packed to the Rafters

Seven’s newest drama, Packed to the Rafters, will launch at 8:30pm Tuesday August 26.

Produced by the team behind Always Greener the series stars Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson as ‘Julie and Dave Rafter’, parents of “twenty something” kids who return to the family home. Michael Caton stars as Julie Rafter’s father.

Other roles are played by Jessica Marais, Hugh Sheridan, Angus McLaren, Zoe Ventoura and George Houvardas.

Producer Jo Porter said, “Packed to the Rafters reflects the dynamics of the contemporary family. This sense of identification with the Rafter family fuels the show’s dramatic and comic moments. After all, we’ve all been a member of a family at some stage in our lives.”

The addition of Rafters to Seven’s schedule builds on a strong local drama stable including City Homicide, Home and Away and All Saints.

All Saints is confirmed at 9:30pm.

Press Release:
Channel 7 today announced its new Australian produced family drama PACKED TO THE RAFTERS will premiere on Tuesday August 26 at 8.30pm.

Starring respected actors Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson and Michael Caton, the show turns the microscope on would-be empty nesters Julie and Dave Rafter, whose lives are thrown upside down when their family suddenly returns home.

PACKED TO THE RAFTERS marks Rebecca Gibney’s first production with Seven and it’s a show she’s thrilled to be a part of. “It’s a real slice of Australian life,” she says. “All the drama and humour is incredibly real and true.”

Her co-star Erik Thomson agrees. “There’s nothing like it on Australian television at the moment. It’s about family and love.”

Their on-screen children are played by stars-in-the-making Jessica Marais, Hugh Sheridan and Angus McLaren. Rounding out the cast is recent dual Logie nominee Zoe Ventoura and George Houvardas.

PACKED TO THE RAFTERS is the brainchild of Seven’s Script Executive Bevan Lee, who has penned some of Australia’s favourite dramas including Home and Away and All Saints. The show’s concept was developed by series producer Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis.

Jo Porter says, “Packed to the Rafters reflects the dynamics of the contemporary family. This sense of identification with the Rafter family fuels the show’s dramatic and comic moments. After all, we’ve all been a member of a family at some stage in our lives.”

Seven’s Head of Drama John Holmes adds, “Australians will fall in love with the Rafter family and enjoy the journey they embark on together.”

Get set for plenty of drama, lots of laughs and a few tears. Australia’s newest family- the Rafters.

PACKED TO THE RAFTERS premieres on Tuesday August 26 at 8.30pm on Channel 7.

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