Could a revival of Packed to the Rafters be the answer to CEO James Warburton’s prayers?
The Courier Mail’s Amy Price reports plans are underway to bring back the long-running drama, which was a ratings bonanza for Seven.
Producers are currently pursuing talks with key cast members.
Rebecca Gibney -currently filming Halifax: Retribution for Nine, has reportedly agreed to return to the project (no Bec, no Rafters!) while discussions are underway with Erik Thomson, Hugh Sheridan, Michael Caton, Jessica Marais, Angus McLaren and Ryan Corr.
George Houvardas, who played the inimitable Carbo, is also returning to screens soon on ABC comedy and there are various others who were memorable regulars….
The Rafters clan remains Australian favourite TV family according to a recent survey of TV Tonight readers, pipping The Sullivans, Proudmans, Kennedys and Fletchers.
When the series ended in 2013 with Julie and Dave driving off into the sunset in a kombi van, Seven had never ruled out a return of some kind, possibly as telemovies or even as a “next-gen” edition centred around the children.
At this stage conversations are ongoing. If the cast are locked in, filming would likely commence in early 2020.
Seven declined to comment.