Here’s an announcement we all saw coming, and a win for Australian drama.
Seven has approved a second season of Packed to the Rafters. As if there was any doubt…
It’s fair to say Rafters has struck a chord with Australian viewers, slamming all those who contend local drama doesn’t rate. Even at this early stage of the show’s life, we haven’t seen figures so consistently high since dramas like Blue Heelers and SeaChange. Rafters, along with Underbelly, is one of the few success stories of a tough year.
All cast members are confirmed to return for the second series (hopefully with pay rise?).
The success of the series is a triumph for the creative team, who took a long time planning this, and a sweet victory following the premature demise of another joint project, Always Greener.
“The success of Packed to the Rafters has been extraordinary,” Head of Drama John Holmes says. “We knew we had a great show and a brilliant cast but the response from audiences has been overwhelming.”
Last night the show scored another 1.86m viewers.
Channel 7 today announced production of a second season of PACKED TO THE RAFTERS. The in-house family drama has been the runaway hit of the year.
Starring respected actors Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson and Michael Caton, it debuted in August and has since become the most-watched regular series on television in 2008.
Cementing its place as the number one drama in Australia, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS is attracting a massive audience of close to 2 million viewers each week.
Seven’s Head of Drama John Holmes is thrilled the show has struck such a powerful chord with the Australian public. “The success of Packed to the Rafters has been extraordinary,” he says. “We knew we had a great show and a brilliant cast but the response from audiences has been overwhelming.
“We’re pleased the entire cast will be returning. Viewers have lots to look forward to.
There’ll be plenty more drama and laughs and a few unexpected twists in store for the Rafter family.”
PACKED TO THE RAFTERS spearheads Channel 7’s stable of hit dramas including City Homicide, All Saints and Home and Away, reaffirming the network’s status as the home of Australian drama.
Filming of the second series will commence early next year.
PACKED TO THE RAFTERS airs on Tuesdays at 8.30pm on Channel 7