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Packed to the Rafters
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2008–present opening title
Format Comedy-drama
Created by Bevan Lee
Starring Rebecca Gibney
Erik Thomson
Jessica Marais
Hugh Sheridan
Angus McLaren
Jessica McNamee
Michael Caton
Zoe Ventoura
George Houvardas
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 44 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) John Holmes
Producer(s) Jo Porter
Running time 60 Minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Original run 26 August 2008 – present
External links
Official website

Packed to the Rafters is an Australian family-oriented comedy-drama television series which premiered on the Seven Network on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at 8:30 pm. The drama series features a mix of lighthearted comedy woven through the plot. It revolves around the Rafter family facing work pressures and life issues, whilst also tackling serious social issues. The Logie award winning series was the highest rating to screen on the Seven Network in 2008 with an average audience of 1,939,000 viewers tuning into each episode.[1] Series 3 of the award-winning drama series is set to premiere around mid-2010 with 22 new episodes.

Contents

Premise

The series centres around the characters Dave and Julie Rafter and their three children Rachel, Ben and Nathan. On the eve of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary the couple thinks that they are finally about to have the house to themselves. But home is a very welcome refuge for their children and when unforeseen problems loom, they return like a boomerang. After Dave faces unemployment, Julie's father suffers a panic attack, son Nathan and daughter-in-law Sammy need a place to stay, daughter Rachel leaves her abusive boyfriend Daniel, and son Ben moves next door but continues to drop in, the household is 'packed to the rafters'.[2]

Cast

Main

Actor Role Duration First episode
Rebecca Gibney Julie Rafter 2008– Pilot
Erik Thomson Dave Rafter 2008– Pilot
Jessica Marais Rachel Rafter 2008– Pilot
Angus McLaren Nathan Rafter 2008– Pilot
Hugh Sheridan Ben Rafter 2008– Pilot
Jessica McNamee Sammy Rafter 2008– Pilot
Michael Caton Ted Taylor 2008– Pilot
Zoe Ventoura Melissa Rafter 2008– Pilot
George Houvardas Nick "Carbo" Karandonis 2008– Pilot

Current recurring and guest cast

Actor Role Duration
Caroline Brazier Chrissy Merchant Season 1 – Present
James Stewart Jake Barton Season 2 – Present
Sarah Chadwick Trish Westaway Season 1 – Present
Justin Rosniak Stuart "Warney" Warne Season 1 – Present
Ria Vandervis Layla Season 2 – Present
Gillian Jones Rachel "Chel" Warne Season 2 – Present
Sophia Katos Artie Season 2 – Present
Dina Panozzo Rita Karandonis Season 1 – Present
Imogen Strong Ruby Rafter Season 2 – Present
Belinda Bromilow Libby Sanders Season 1 – Present
Craig McLachlan Steve Wilson Season 1 – Present
Mercia Deane-Johns Grace Barton Season 2 – Present
Kristian Schmid Alex Barton Season 2 – Present (6 Eps)
Denise Roberts Bonnie Bright Season 2 – Present (2 Eps)
Phoebe Tonkin Lexi Season 2 – Present
Michael Booth George Spiteri Season 1 – Present

Former recurring and guest cast

Actor Role Duration
Kate Fitzpatrick Marjorie Stevens Season 1 – Season 2
Luke Pegler Daniel Griggs Season 1 – 2008–2009, Season 2, ep 18
Jerome Ehlers Anthony Westaway Season 1 – 2008–2009
George Spartels Theo Karandonis Season 1 – 2009
Geoff Morrell Tim Connelly Season 2 – 2009
Peter Bensley Derek Season 2 – 2009
Roy Billing Ron Barrett Season 1 – 2008–2009
Christian Barratt-Hill Don Barrett Season 2 – 2009
Pedro Virgil Dane Season 2 – 2009

Production

The producer is Jo Porter, who alongside series creator Bevan Lee and writer Antony Ellis are part of the same team responsible for the critically acclaimed series Always Greener, which also set ratings records.

The exterior shots of the Rafter house are filmed on location in Riverview Street Concord.[3] Most of the other exterior shots are filmed at locations in Southern Sydney including establishing shots at Oatley shopping centre and the Captain Cook Bridge. The dinner venue in episode 1 was filmed at the St George Motor Boat Club at Sans Souci but the indoor scenes in the Chinese Restaurant were a set.[4][5] The cricket match in episode 2 was filmed at Carss Park, as were the shopping centre, beach and park scenes in episode 5.

DVD releases

Season Date Released # Of Episodes # Of Discs Special Features
The Complete 1st Season 2 December 2009 22 6 O-Ring packaging, Behind the scenes look at the show, Cast Interviews.
The Complete 2nd Season TBA 22 TBA TBA

Soundtrack

Packed to the Rafters: The Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released AUS: 29 November 2008
Length 55:44
Language English
Label Warner Music

Packed to the Rafters: The Soundtrack[6] was released on 29 November 2008. It has peaked at #7 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. It has since gone Platinum, selling in excess of 70,000 copies. The songs "I'm Yours" and "Rock & Roll" have been heavily used in promotional advertising for the series.

Track listing

  1. Jason Mraz – "I'm Yours"
  2. Gabriella Cilmi – "Sweet About Me"
  3. Josh Pyke – "Memories and Dust"
  4. Ben Lee – "Love Me Like the World Is Ending"
  5. Kahn Brothers – "Stronger Together"
  6. Lisa Mitchell – "Neopolitan Dreams"
  7. The Cat Empire – "Fishies"
  8. Old Man River – "La"
  9. José González – "Down the Line"
  10. James Reyne – "Reckless"
  11. Alex Lloyd – "Same Day"
  12. Lior – "Burst Your Bubble"
  13. Jenny Morris – "Street of Love"
  14. Mark Sholtez – "Love Me for the Cool"
  15. Abby Dobson – "It's Only Love"
  16. Eric Hutchinson – "Rock & Roll"
Packed to the Rafters: The Soundtrack Vol. 2
Soundtrack by Various Artists
Released AUS: 18 September 2009
Language English
Label Warner Music

Packed to the Rafters: The Soundtrack Vol. 2 was released on 18 September 2009. It has peaked at #30 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.

Track listing

  1. Latch Key Kid – "Good Times"
  2. Lisa Mitchell – "Coin Laundry"
  3. Empire of the Sun – "We Are the People"
  4. Ben Lee – "Birds And Bees"
  5. Eric Hutchinson – "You Don't Have To Believe Me"
  6. Bob Evans – "Don't You Think It's Time?"
  7. Kylie Auldist – "Just Say"
  8. James Grehan – "Hold On"
  9. Matt Costa – "Miss Magnolia"
  10. Mark Sholtez – "Too Late For Heroes"
  11. Lior – "This Old Love"
  12. Whitley – "Lost In Time"
  13. King Curly – "Little Arrows"
  14. Sarah Blasko – "Perfect Now"
  15. Abby Dobson – "Horses"
  16. Rick Price – "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas"

Reception

Critical response

Packed to the Rafters has received generally positive critical response from reviewers. In reviewing the pilot, David Knox of TV Tonight underlined that whilst the series' tone was "predominantly light", 'Rafters' "also features some darker, more successful moments".[7] The Age's Jim Schembri called Rafters a "superbly sculpted series about suburban class warfare", noting that in his opinion, the series was "one of the most enjoyable, finely honed locally produced TV dramas we've seen in ages", applauding the dialogue that "crackles with wit and energy".[8] Season 2 received an equal amount of outflowing positivity, with Michael Lallo discovering that Rafters " "lighthearted tone acts as a cloak, allowing it to address controversial topics without making viewers feel they're being lectured. The result is a feel-good series that's meaty and satisfying".[9] One of the few negative reviews for Rafters came from Change The Channel who derided the series for being "stupid" and "predictable".[10]

Of the series' characters, Michael Idato of SMH found an "elegance to the performances", going on to further applaud the "gentle, engaging, emotional dynamics" of the characters interactions with each other that also managed to both "enhance its charm and believability at the same time".[11]

Awards

The show has been nominated for eleven Logie awards and won six;

Year Nominee Award Result
2009 Packed to the Rafters Most Popular Drama Won
Rebecca Gibney Gold Logie Won
Rebecca Gibney Most Popular Actress Won
Jessica Marais Most Popular New Female Talent Won
Hugh Sheridan Most Popular New Male Talent Won
Jessica Marais Most Outstanding New Talent Won
Erik Thomson Most Popular Actor Nominated
George Houvardas Most Popular New Male Talent Nominated
Rebecca Gibney Most Outstanding Actress Nominated
Packed to the Rafters Most Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Hugh Sheridan Most Outstanding New Talent Nominated

Packed to the Rafters were nominated for 2 AFI awards in 2009.

Year Nominee Award Result
2009 Packed to the Rafters Best Drama Series Nominated
Rebecca Gibney Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Nominated

Episodes and ratings

The average ratings for Season 1 in 2008 were 1,939,000 making it the #1 show of 2008 on Australian television. The second season of Packed to the Rafters is currently screening.[12] The program has also been picked up by Irish broadcaster RTE[13] and New Zealand's TV1 which will air the first season of Packed to the Rafters in early 2009[14]. The series has also been sold to networks in South Africa, Belgium, The Netherlands, several Scandinavian countries[15], and Italy.

Series Ratings

The following table's ratings and rankings are subject to change as more episodes are broadcast.

Season Episodes Series
Timeslot
Series
Premiere
Series
Final
Peak
Audience
Average
Audience
Average
Nightly Rank
Average
Yearly Ranking
DVD Release Date
1 22 Tuesday 8:30pm 26 August 2008 24 March 2009 2,067,000 1,904,364 #1 #1 2 December 2009
2 22 30 June 2009 24 November 2009 2,185,000 1,881,000 #1 #2 TBA
3 22 TBA 2010 TBA 2010 TBA TBA TBA

Weekly ratings

Packed to the Rafters has been a solid performer in the ratings since its premiere. Most episodes have been the number one program during prime time for the night since the series premiere and the show has remained in the top ten programs of the week. In 2008, the series was the highest rating regularly broadcast show with an average of 1,939,143 viewers per episode for the first fourteen episodes of season one which screened in 2008.

Season 1: 2008–2009

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers1[16] Nightly
Rank
Weekly
Rank
1 "Pilot" 26 August 2008 1,945,000 1 2
2 "Playing a Googly" 2 September 2008 2,045,000 1 1
3 "She Ain't Heavy" 9 September 2008 1,960,000 1 1
4 "How Did We Get Here?" 16 September 2008 1,895,000 1 1
5 "Lines of Communication" 23 September 2008 1,945,000 1 5
6 "Facing Demons" 30 September 2008 1,836,000 1 1
7 "Self-made Man" 7 October 2008 1,979,000 1 2
8 "Taking the Lead" 14 October 2008 1,886,000 1 1
9 "Suburban Boy" 21 October 2008 1,868,000 1 1
10 "All in the Planning" 28 October 2008 1,926,000 1 1
11 "Away From it All" 4 November 2008 2,067,000 1 2
12 "Removing the Block" 11 November 2008 1,959,000 1 1
13 "Smile Through the Pain" 18 November 2008 2,013,000 1 1
14 "A Mother's Radar" 25 November 2008 1,824,000 1 1
15 "Natural Justice" 3 February 2009 1,874,000 1 3
16 "Having it All" 10 February 2009 1,688,000 1 7
17 "Changes" 17 February 2009 1,740,000 1 2
18 "House of Cards" 24 February 2009 1,833,000 1 2
19 "Over the Moon" 3 March 2009 1,876,000 1 2
20 "Losing the Touch" 10 March 2009 1,817,000 1 2
21 "What a Difference a Year Makes" 17 March 2009 1,887,000 1 2
22 "Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone" 24 March 2009 2,033,000 1 2
1 Viewer numbers are based on preliminary OzTAM data for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth combined.

Season 2: 2009

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers1[16] Nightly
Rank
Weekly
Rank
1 "Look into My Eyes" 30 June 2009

Melb: 7 July 2009

2,185,0002 5 102
2 "Dodging the Issue" 7 July 2009 1,851,0003 1 2
3 "Living By the List" 14 July 2009 1,794,000 2 4
4 "Glittering Prizes" 21 July 2009 1,857,000 1 3
5 "Brave New World" 28 July 2009 1,926,000 1 2
6 "Little Arrows" 4 August 2009 1,880,000 1 1
7 "Belonging" 11 August 2009 1,909,000 1 1
8 "What's In A Name?" 18 August 2009 1,894,000 1 1
9 "Naked Visions" 25 August 2009 1,931,000 1 1
10 "Ready to Catch You" 1 September 2009 1,943,000 1 1
11 "Power Play" 8 September 2009 1,912,000 1 1
12 "Out Of Left Field 15 September 2009 1,806,000 1 1
13 "Blurring the Lines" 22 September 2009 1,766,000 1 2
14 "First Instinct" 29 September 2009 1,697,000 1 3
15 "It's My Party" 6 October 2009 1,755,000 1 4
16 "Mr Fix-it" 13 October 2009 1,841,000 1 1
17 "Putting the House in Order" 20 October 2009 1,701,000 1 1
18 "Space Junk" 27 October 2009 1,958,000 1 1
19 "A Small, Traditional Affair" 3 November 2009 2,072,000 2 2
20 "Only A Heartbeat Away" 10 November 2009 1,853,000 1 1
21 "Unlimited Options" 17 November 2009 1,804,000 1 1
22 "Nativity Play" 24 November 2009 2,048,000 1 1

Season 3: 2010

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers1[16] Nightly
Rank
Weekly
Rank
1 "TBA" 2010
2 "TBA" 2010
3 "TBA" 2010
1 Viewer numbers are based on preliminary OzTAM data for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth combined.
2 Episode 1 of season 2 was aired in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth on the 30 June to an audience of 1,520,000. Episode 1 was shown to Melbourne a week later to an audience of 665,000 taking the total viewers for episode 1 to 2,185,000
3 Episode 2 was played at 9:30 in Melbourne as part 2 of a 2 hour season premiere.

International distribution

Country Channel Year Notes
 Belgium (Flanders) vtm 2008 – Subtitled in Dutch
 Netherlands NET 5 2009 – Subtitled in Dutch
 Ireland RTÉ One 2009 – Mondays 2:30am.
 New Zealand TV ONE 2009 – Wednesdays 8:30pm
 South Africa SET 2009 –
Falkland Islands Falkland Islands Television Service 2012–
 Italy Joi 17 January 2010 – Sundays 9pm

References

  1. ^ http://www.australiantelevision.net/packedtotherafters/
  2. ^ http://www.tv.com/packed-to-the-rafters/show/76083/summary.html
  3. ^ http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24412289-5001026,00.html
  4. ^ Seven announces new Australian series for 2008
  5. ^ Gibney for new Seven comedy
  6. ^ Packed to the Rafters Soundtrack
  7. ^ http://http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2008/08/first-review-packed-to-the-rafters.html
  8. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/tv-reviews/packed-to-the-rafters/2008/10/06/1223145239109.html
  9. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/tv-reviews/tuesday-tv-packed-to-the-rafters/2009/08/24/1251001848986.html
  10. ^ http://ctchannel.wordpress.com/2009/08/04/follow-up-packed-to-the-rafters
  11. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/news/entertainment/tv--radio/tv-reviews/tuesdays-tv-packed-to-the-rafters/2009/06/29/1246127467350.html
  12. ^ Knox, David (2008-10-22). "Second series for Packed to the Rafters". tvtonight.com.au. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2008/10/second-series-for-packed-to-the-rafters.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  13. ^ Knox, David (2008-10-22). "Irish eyes smile for Home & Away". tvtonight.com.au. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2008/10/irish-eyes-smile-for-home-away.html. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  14. ^ http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/2255319
  15. ^ Knox, David (2008-12-02). "Rafters attracts international business". tvtonight.com.au. http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2008/12/rafters-attracts-international-business.html. 
  16. ^ a b c http://www.tvtonight.com.au/category/ratings Ratings 2009

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