I've just noticed that there's no topic for the hit TV series "Packed to the Rafters" so I thought I'd create one.
One of Australia's favourite TV shows.
PACKED to the Rafters will return to Aussie screens within the month.
This year's Rafters was cut short when Channel 7 decided to launch Winners & Losers in the 8.30pm Tuesday slot in March.
The move caused a firestorm of protest from fans.
Rafters was averaging more than two million viewers.
The return episode, Sweet Sorrow, features the exit of Logie winner Jessica Marais.
Marais, who plays daughter Rachel Rafter, has left the hit Aussie drama to pursue acting opportunities in the US.
A tormented Rachel is set to head to New York, leaving behind her on-again, off-again boyfriend Jake (Marais' real-life fiance, James Stewart).
There will be teary scenes as mum Julie (Rebecca Gibney) realises her daughter is leaving home
Marais filmed her final episode in February.
Despite her departure, the new series of Rafters is set to make good on the producers' promise to make the show happier.
Early 2011 episodes showed Ben Rafter (Hugh Sheridan) still grieving over his wife, Melissa (Zoe Ventoura), who died in a car crash.
In coming episodes, Julie will get a new friend, Donna Mackey, played by Merridy Eastman.
"The friendship will give Julie another area of interest - a side to her that no one is expecting," Gibney says.
Donna's daughter, Emma (newcomer Zoe Cramond), strikes up a close friendship with the widowed Ben.
Actor John Howard (Seachange) will return as Dave Rafter's (Erik Thomson) father, Tom.
Tom is being paroled from jail and he will descend on the Rafters' doorstep.
Seven planned at the beginning of this year to screen 10 episodes of Rafters, but that was cut to six for the early launch of Winners & Losers.
Seven now has 14 episodes up its sleeve.
If you have followed the heraldsun link, fans of the show may already recognise Zoe Crammond, (from memory) she plays Emma, who Ben met in the bar when he was at work earlier in Season 4.
Camille Keenan may be a familiar face to some as having been in hit TV series Rush.
Edited by aussiemusiclover, 05 August 2011 - 10:55 AM.