Amazon Announces First Aussie Original Series

Amazon Dec. 5 announced its first scripted Australian original series, “Back to the Rafters,” which will begin production in Sydney in 2020 and launch on Prime Video in Australia and in more than 200 countries and territories.

“Back to the Rafters” is a follow-up series to “Packed to the Rafters,” which was one of Australia’s most popular drama TV shows showcasing parents Dave and Julie, working to balance their own journey as a couple with the ups and downs of raising a family into adulthood.

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“Back to the Rafters” will feature original cast members 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 show picks up six years since the end of the original series with 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.

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“Back to the Rafters” is the first scripted Australian Amazon Original series that has been announced this year, along with “LOL: Last One Laughing,” hosted and executive produced by Rebel Wilson; “The Test: A New Era for Australia’s Team,” a docuseries following the Australian Men’s Cricket team during the 2018/2019 season; and a series of 10 Amazon Original stand-up specials featuring Aussie comedic acts, including Tom Gleeson, Tommy Little, Judith Lucy and more.

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