Amazon Prime Video reportedly on board for revived series
November 1, 2019
Australia’s favourite family may be making a return to our screens after six long years of absence.
In exciting news for thousands of Australian telly-watchers, Amazon Prime Video will reportedly revive beloved Aussie drama Packed to the Rafters via the Seven Network, which pulled the series in 2013 after six seasons.
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Earlier this month, actor Hugh Sheridan – who played Ben Rafter – also hinted at the comeback to Kyle and Jackie O, but said “nothing had been confirmed”.
“I hope that it does work out because it is a beautiful show and it will be like 10 years on,” Sheridan told the radio hosts.
“It’s like a ‘Where are they now?’’’
According to Inside Film, members of the original cast will reunite for the reboot, including Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Hugh Sheridan, Jessica Marais, Ryan Corr, Jessica McNamee and James Stewart.
Bevan Lee, the original creator of Channel 7 program, is also said to be on-board to oversee the reboot, released with the working title “Back to the Rafters”, currently in pre-production.
Amazon Prime Video did not comment on the new series when contacted by news.com.au.
Channel 7 revealed in 2014 that the reason Packed to the Rafters ended was due to key cast members Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson wanting to pursue other projects.
The revelation, from Seven’s head of production Brad Lyons, came as the network was gearing up to roll out Gibney’s Winter and Thomson’s 800 Words in 2015.
In its heyday, the famed Aussie family drama averaged about 2 million viewers an episode across the five capital cities.
The death of Mel Rafter, played by Zoe Ventoura, was watched by a whopping 2.337 million, according to OzTam.
The show ended with Dave and Julie Rafter (Thomson and Gibney) and baby Ruby heading off for a trip around Australia.
With the 2013 finale of Packed to the Rafters wrapping up all major character storylines, the reboot will presumably start from scratch, sharing a glimpse into the post-finale lives of each character.
According to Inside Film, it will be three seasons of six episodes each.
During its first run, the family drama was nominated for 42 Logie Awards and won 14.