Back to the Rafters

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Back to the Rafters
Created byBevan Lee
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerJulie McGauran
ProducerChris Martin-Jones
Production companySeven Studios
Original networkAmazon Prime Video
Original release2021 (2021)
Related showsPacked to the Rafters (2008–2013)

Back to the Rafters is an upcoming Australian family-oriented drama/comedy television program which will premiere on the Amazon Prime Video on 17 September 2021. The series will be a spin-off and sequel to Packed to the Rafters, which aired on Seven Network from 2008 to 2013.


Back to the Rafters picks up six years since we last saw the Rafter family. 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. As Dave enjoys his new-found freedom, Julie must reconcile her responsibilities to the family.[1]


In September 2019, it was reported the cast members were in discussion to revive the series for a 2020 season under the working title Back to the Rafters.[2] The series will not air on Seven Network, instead it will be placed on Amazon Prime Video,[3] which was confirmed in December 2019, along with the return of Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Jessica Marais, Hugh Sheridan, Angus McLaren, Michael Caton and George Houvardas.[4] Filming commenced in Sydney in 2020.[5]

In February 2020, Jessica Marais dropped out of the series for personal reasons.[6][7] In March 2020, it was announced Georgina Haig would take over the role of Rachel Rafter.[8]

Production of the series was stopped in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9] It resumed in September 2020 and filming was completed on 2 October 2020.[10]



  1. ^ Haring, Bruce (5 December 2019). "'Back To The Rafters' Will Bow As First Amazon Original Scripted Drama In Australia". Deadline. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  2. ^ Knox, David (11 August 2019). "Packed to the Rafters revival under discussion". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  3. ^ Knox, David (12 August 2019). "Back to the Rafters headed to Amazon Prime". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Knox, David (5 December 2019). "Back to the Rafters confirmed for Amazon Prime". TV Tonight. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  5. ^ Christmass, Pip (5 December 2019). "Packed To The Rafters set to return to our screens in 2020". 7News. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  6. ^ Knox, David (11 February 2020). "Jessica Marais out of Rafters recital". TV Tonight. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  7. ^ Dye, Josh (11 February 2020). "Jessica Marais pulls out of Back to the Rafters for personal reasons". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
  8. ^ Knox, David (4 March 2020). "Georgina Haig replaces Jessica Marais on Rafters revival". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  9. ^ Knox, David (21 March 2020). "Back to the Rafters halts production". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  10. ^ Knox, David (12 October 2020). "Back to the Rafters finishes filming". TV Tonight. Retrieved 12 October 2020.

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