Thursday, 05 December 2019 15:24

The Rafters family coming back on Amazon Prime

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New episodes of Back to the Rafters will be Amazon Prime's first scripted Australian Amazon Original series.

To go into production in 2020 with Seven Studios, Back to the Rafters will pick up the story six years after the original Packed to the Rafters series.

Amazon summarises the plot set-up thus: "Dave and Julie have created a new life in the country with youngest daughter Ruby, while the older Rafter children face new challenges and Grandpa Ted struggles to find his place. As Dave enjoys his new found freedom, Julie must reconcile her responsibilities to the family. They might not be under the same roof, but the same honesty, love and laughter bonds them more tightly now than ever before."

The original principal cast returns for the new series: Rebecca Gibney (Julie Rafter), Erik Thomson (Dave Rafter), Jessica Marais (Rachel Rafter), Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter), Angus McLaren (Nathan Rafter), Michael Caton (Ted Taylor) and George Houvardas (Nick “Carbo” Karandonis).

The lead writer will be series creator Bevan Lee, with Julie McGauran as executive producer and Chris Martin-Jones as series producer.

"What a thrilling opportunity to be able to revisit the family at the centre of my most successful creation, six years down the track," said Lee.

"The world has changed so much in that time, and it is a writing dream to be able to explore how the Rafters have changed with it, while at the same time reconnecting with the life affirming combination of humour and heart that characterised the original series. In an increasingly dark world, it is wonderful to use the Rafters again to spread light."

Amazon Studios vice president of international originals James Farrell said "Since we began producing international originals, Back to the Rafters has been at the top of the list of scripted series we’ve wanted to commission.

"Packed to the Rafters is among the most beloved Australian series and this revival will allow us to give our customers the locally relevant entertainment they want. We’re thrilled to be working with Seven Studios to bring back the Rafter family for Prime members in Australia and around the world."

Reports have been circulating for around three months that the series was being revived by Amazon.

Back to the Rafters will launch on Prime Video in Australia and more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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