Back to the Rafters

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    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.  As everyone comes together in Sydney to celebrate Dave and Julie’s 35th Anniversary, history repeats and circumstances force them all to cram into Ben’s 2 bedroom home – once again packed to the-you-know-what.  During the visit it becomes apparent that the older Rafter children are facing new challenges, and Grandad Ted is struggling to find his place.  Julie’s contentment is brought into question and she must reconcile her responsibilities to the family.  Dave has been living the dream with a comfortable business and a new mate in his young employee, Paddo who shares his love of motocross racing.  He isn’t keen to give that up to return to the city as Julie suggests.  What will this mean for Australia’s favourite Mum and Dad?  Whether they are crammed under the same roof, or spread out in across different cities, towns or countries, the same honesty, love and laughter bonds them all and we see that even as life moves on, family doesn’t.

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Country Availability

Worldwide

Executive Produced By

Julie McGauran

Created By

Bevan Lee

Directed By

Jeremy Sims, Lynn Hegarty, Catherine Millar

Produced By

Seven Studios

Cast

Rebecca Gibney, Erik Thomson, Georgina Haig, Hugh Sheridan, Angus McLaren, Willow Speers, HaiHa Le, Michael Caton, Kaspar Frost, George Houvardas, Aaron McGrath, Merridy Eastman, Libby Tanner, Rose Riley, Bruce Spence, Ezekiel Simat, Felix Williamson, Tahlia Moffatt

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Log Line

After six years away Dave and Julie Rafter return to the city for a family reunion that not only reveals the various and surprising crises in the lives of their grown children but leads Julie to imperil her marriage as she searches for an answer to the pressing existential question, “Who is Julie Rafter?”

Show Description

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.  As everyone comes together in Sydney to celebrate Dave and Julie’s 35th Anniversary, history repeats and circumstances force them all to cram into Ben’s 2 bedroom home – once again packed to the-you-know-what.  During the visit it becomes apparent that the older Rafter children are facing new challenges, and Grandad Ted is struggling to find his place.  Julie’s contentment is brought into question and she must reconcile her responsibilities to the family.  Dave has been living the dream with a comfortable business and a new mate in his young employee, Paddo who shares his love of motocross racing.  He isn’t keen to give that up to return to the city as Julie suggests.  What will this mean for Australia’s favourite Mum and Dad?  Whether they are crammed under the same roof, or spread out in across different cities, towns or countries, the same honesty, love and laughter bonds them all and we see that even as life moves on, family doesn’t.

Credits

Creator
Bevan Lee

Executive Producer
Julie McGauran

Series Producer
Chris Martin-Jones

Co-Producer
Lesley Parker

Associate Producer
Katherine Thomson

Writers
Bevan Lee
Margaret Wilson
Trent Atkinson
Katherine Thomson

Directors
Jeremy Sims
Lynn Hegarty
Catherine Millar

Director of Photography
Bruce Young, ACS
Henry Pierce, ACS

Production Designer
Fiona Donovan

Costume Designer
Lisa Meagher

Make Up & Hair Designer
Deborah Lanser

Casting
Ann Fay
Leigh Pickford

Editors
Nicole La Macchia
Antonio Mestres
James Manche

Original Music
Michael Yezerski

Episode Descriptions

101 - Kung Pao Chicken

Julie Rafter’s life is thrown a curveball when a city reunion reveals crises in the lives of the rest of the Rafters, and causes her to question her own country-town happiness.

Written By: Bevan Lee
Directed By: Jeremy Sims
Air Date: September 17, 2021

102 - Cross Currents

While Dave has taken Julie back to Buradeena to persuade her to stay, Ruby stays with her brothers in the city and becomes the next climate change social media sensation.

Written By: Bevan Lee
Directed By: Jeremy Sims
Air Date: September 17, 2021

103 - Issues Management

When Rachel comes home to secure Ruby as Youth Ambassador for one of her New York clients, she surprises everyone by arriving pregnant – further complicating everyone’s lives.

Written By: Margaret Wilson
Directed By: Lynn Hegarty
Air Date: September 17, 2021

104 - The Most Together One in the Family

When compared to the rest of the Rafters, Ben thinks his life is looking up. But Cassie is harbouring a truth that will tear down his blissful ignorance.

Written By: Trent Atkinson
Directed By: Lynn Hegarty
Air Date: September 17, 2021

105 - Pounded

Nathan finds self-reflection and healing at a wellness retreat in Buradeena. Meanwhile, Julie is forced to a conclusion about her and Dave’s future, and Ruby takes a stand against internet trolls.

Written By: Katherine Thomson
Directed By: Katherine Millar
Air Date: September 17, 2021

106 - Pinch Me Linda

Finally accepting that their parents might indeed be contemplating separate lives, Ben and Nathan propose desperate measures to secure their parents’ role model marriage. But Dave has other ideas…

Written By: Bevan Lee
Directed By: Katherine Millar
Air Date: September 17, 2021

  • Credits

    Creator
    Bevan Lee

    Executive Producer
    Julie McGauran

    Series Producer
    Chris Martin-Jones

    Co-Producer
    Lesley Parker

    Associate Producer
    Katherine Thomson

    Writers
    Bevan Lee
    Margaret Wilson
    Trent Atkinson
    Katherine Thomson

    Directors
    Jeremy Sims
    Lynn Hegarty
    Catherine Millar

    Director of Photography
    Bruce Young, ACS
    Henry Pierce, ACS

    Production Designer
    Fiona Donovan

    Costume Designer
    Lisa Meagher

    Make Up & Hair Designer
    Deborah Lanser

    Casting
    Ann Fay
    Leigh Pickford

    Editors
    Nicole La Macchia
    Antonio Mestres
    James Manche

    Original Music
    Michael Yezerski