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‘Back to the Rafters’: Prime Video greenlights the first Australian original series

Amazon Prime Video has ordered a reboot of the Australian family drama ‘Packed to the Rafters’ that will be renamed as ‘Back to the Rafters.’

The show will pick up six years after the finale of the original show, which aired on the Australian network, Seven. It’ll be written by the creator Bevan Lee and will be a production of Seven Studios.

The show will feature the original main cast. Rebecca Gibney as Julie Rafter, Erik Thomson as Dave Rafter, Jessica Marais as Rachel Rafter, Hugh Sheridan as Ben Rafter, Angus McLaren as Nathan Rafter, Michael Caton as Ted Taylor and George Houvardas Nick “Carbo” Karandonis.

‘Back to the Rafters’ will show Dave and Julie in a lew life with their youngest daughter, Ruby, while the other Rafters siblings face new problems.

“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,” said James Farrell, VP of international originals Amazon Studios. “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.”

“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 humor and heart that characterized the original series. In an increasingly dark world, it is wonderful to use the Rafters again to spread light,” Lee, creator of the show said.

Production will begin next year in Sydney which means Prime Video is likely aiming to a late-2020 release.

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