Packed To The Rafters

  • Anyone notice Libby’s hair on Shortland Street lately has been to die for?  Amazing!
  • Oliver = Joey 2.0 on Shortland Street, but Oliver is nowhere near as good as Joey.  Oliver = medical professional who secretly experiments treatments on patients to aid his research and doesn’t mind if they die.  Joey = medical professional who secretly operated on patients to aid his skills and doesn’t mind if they die.  Both had dead ex-es. 
    Joey was better because: 1. we got to know (and like) him before realising he was secretly Mr. Evil.  Some of us even felt sorry for him.  2. there was huge mystery and suspense.
    We know Oliver is bad right from early on, before we’ve really got to know him.
  • There’s now two “cults” in the news.  Heh. Makers of The Cult will be hoping it helps their ratings.
  • I love Packed to the Rafters and wish they were a real family who lived next door.  (Except I have lovely next door neighbours.)
  • That Pacific Blue ad gets stuck in my head something chronic.  Meh.
  • I really love the new “This little light of mine” Telecom ad.  I want to slow the ad down and take a closer look at all the cute drawings.  Their scribble logo doesn’t look nearly so bad as I thought it would at the end.
  • I’m not sure what I think of TVNZ7’s ad with Bill English.  Sometimes I think it’s super clever, other times I’m wary of it being a political ad.  Did he get paid?  Whose idea was it do have him in there?
  • I love Glee!!!  It actually makes me cry and laugh most episodes.  Can’t wait for it to start on TV3 and everyone else can rave about it too!
  • I’m sick of ONE News script writers using: “we can reveal” and “exclusive”.
  • TV moment of the week: women on Birdland telling presenter Jeremy Wells that a TV3 reporter accidentally dropped and killed a beloved penguin when doing a story on them.
  • I’ve actually rediscovered Police Ten 7 thanks to the Blowing on the Pie clip.  Man there are some crazy people out there!!

8:30pm Tuesday, September 1 on TV One

On Packed To The Rafters tonight (at 8.30pm on TV ONE), Dave Rafter (Erik Thomson) is tormented by the sudden endless replays on the radio of ‘Suburban Boy’ – the hit song Dave co-wrote many moons ago, but never received credit nor remuneration for.

Reconnecting with his old band mate and surrogate brother Steve Wilson (Craig McLachlan, McLeod’s Daughters and Neighbours), Dave agrees to join Steve for the ‘Greaties from the Eighties’ tour.

But as history repeats itself, Dave is again forced to choose between his family and the band. Nathan needs Dave’s help when Nathan’s plans to impress a client, with money he doesn’t have, fails.

Tuesday 7 July, 8.30pm

New Zealand-born Rebecca Gibney and Kiwi actor Erik Thomson lead the cast of the new Australian comedy Packed To The Rafters, about a couple who just can’t get time to themselves (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Julie and Dave Rafter are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary – hard on the heels of celebrating the departure of their last child living at home.

After raising three kids, the couple are now free. While Julie’s (Gibney) a little emotional to see the last of her babies move on, Dave (Thomson) couldn’t be happier. A future of unbridled sex in the privacy of their uncluttered home sounds great to him.

But just 48 hours later, not only have their three offspring moved back home, but they are closely followed by Julie’s recently bereaved father. Once empty-nesters, on the brink of freedom for the briefest of time, Julie and Dave find their house is once more ‘packed to the rafters’.

Gibney says Packed To The Rafters focuses on issues of love and loss, mixed in with some funny moments: “Rafters comes from a place of love which, as a human being ultimately motivates people in everyday life and that is what is most real to people.”

Playing the mother of three 20-something children enlightening for Gibney, who says she has found herself in Packed To The Rafters: “It’s the closest character to me that I’ve every played. We’re both jeans and t-shirts kind of girls.”

She says having her son gave her a new self-confidence and she is happy in her own skin: “Probably in my mid-30s I got a lot more confident with who I am and got to 40 and thought ‘I don’t have to try anymore’. I don’t mind the wrinkles and I don’t mind playing the mother of a 25-year-old.”

Packed To The Rafters starts Tuesday 7 July at 8.30pm on TV ONE.

Fair Go presenter Kevin Milne is battling a benign brain tumour and has taken sick leave.  He may need surgery to protect his eyesight and brain.

Dane Moeke’s winning performance on Maori Television’s Homai Te Pakipaki last month, singing Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” has been watched on YouTube more than 7000 times.

Shortland Street‘s Michael Galvin (Doctor Chris Warner) is on stage for the first time in more than a decade in his self-penned black comedy play Station to Station.  Galvin has taken a few weeks off Shortland Street for the play. The play also stars Outrageous Fortune‘s Antonia Prebble (Loretta West).

Gordon Ramsey‘s profits have dropped by 87% and has narrowly avoided bankruptcy.  However, he still earned nearly $30 million from TV, live shows and books.

Scribe has pitched a TV show with two networks said to be interested.

Hugh Sundae
aka Hugh Hughes is rumoured to be presenting on 20/20

Deborah Hill Cone rips apart Aussie show Packed to the Rafters – she criticises the “comfort viewing” show for its “wholesome ordinary people”.  She says it’s a “bog-standard drama about a bland baby-boomer couple”, “deeply pedestrian”, “not even very realistic” and “not twisted enough”. 

America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker wanted $25,000 to appear on Telethon – even though it is a charity event. 

Confirmed for the Telethon are:

Martin Henderson
Ada Nicodemou (Leah on Home and Away)
Bernard Curry (Hugo on Home and away)
Carly Flynn
Miriama Smith
Will Hall (Kip on Shortland Street)

Celebrities have recorded a new version of the Telethon anthem “Thank you very much for your kind donation” – with OpShop’s Jason Kerrison and Donald Reid behind the music. 

The spelling of the word “orthopaedic” has come into question after the finale of Wheel of Fortune.  The show said there was no “a” in the word, despite being the spelling that medical professionals use or British spelling conventions.  Americans do not have the “a” in it.  The show’s makers say the spelling was not wrong and didn’t affect the outcome of the show. 

Stars in their Eyes winner Mandy Pickering (32) says she wanted to do things out of her comfort zone this year. 

“I never thoughts for a second I’d get to the final, let alone win it.  I wasn’t even 100% sure I could sing.  I hadn’t really sung in public before as an adult.”

Pickering and her husband and sons are off to live in Tonga for three weeks to live the simple life. 

Amber Peebles shares a week in her social diary which includes boxing classes, interviewing Early Birds, shooting MTV News and travelling to Sydney to film for four days. 

Laura and Hosanna from New Zealand’s Next Top Model were on the catwalk for Trelise Cooper. 

Paul Holmes comments on the John Campbell medal thief interview and believes that Campbell never met the thief, but was handed a recorded interview via lawyers and filmed him asking the questions but doesn’t want to admit he doesn’t know the name of the thief as it would harm his reputation as a journalist. 

The media continues its obsession with celebrity tweets and prints tweets from TV personalities such as John Campbell, Carol Hirshfeld, James Coleman, Susan Wood, Clarke Gayford and Mike Hosking.  Speaking of Mike, Spy asks if he’s being hypocritical for talking about what his daughters are up to on Twitter after taking New Idea to court over paparazzi photos of his twins in 2003. 

Back Benches host Wallace Chapman (40) is interviewed in Sunday magazine.  Writer Rose Hoare is full of compliments for him: “incredibly generous with his praise” and “so enthusiastic”.  His father was a Fijian Methodist Minister, he wrote ads at bFM for five years, hosted breakfast at bFM for a year, does afternoons at Kiwi FM and is on Good Morning’s political panel.  Chapman had Gaucher’s Disease – a deficiency in an enzyme which breaks down fat that can collect in organs and bones.  He spent five years using a walking stick in pain until treatment became available.  His mobility is still limited and he can’t walk long distances, can’t travel for long periods or live overseas for lack of access to medicine.  He has fortnightly transfusions. 

There’s an article on just how bad TV is for your health –  from obesity, violence, eating disorders, higher cholesterol, unfitness, attention deficit disorders and lower academic performance.  The article says an average 6 year old in New Zealand has already spent more than one full year watching TV.  Is that right?  They watch an average of 4 hours a day?  The writer, Olive James says public health officials should be mounting a public-health campaign to persuade us to watch less TV. 

Who is advertising?

Packed to the Rafters (TV ONE)
Rocked the Nation’s 100 New Zealand Pop Culture Stories (C4)
Skins (C4)

I heard about the massive ratings that Packed to the Rafters got in Australia and all the awards it won this year at The Logies and thought I’d give the show a shot to see what all the fuss was about.

I was glad I did – the show is absolutely fantastic!

Here’s three reasons why you should watch the show:

1. The characters are just so adorably lovable. Yes, they’re human and have their flaws but each character on the show just grows on you more and more over time.   Every single character adds a new dimension to the show and the cast works seamlessly together.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get mad at them.  

2. It’s about a family. You’ll wish they were real.  How often do we actually get to see a family on TV where there’s two parents still together and actually – gasp – in love, adult kids and extended family on the scene?  Is this the Cosby family role model for today?  

3. It’s (almost) local.
Sure it’s not Kiwi but we should support our neighbour’s shows all the same – many of our actors get their big breaks there.  Kiwi-born Rebecca Gibney has always been a star but in this show, she shines brighter than ever as Mum Julie.  As some reviewers have said, “she’s the mum you all wished you had”.  You may recognise Erik Thomson who plays Dad Dave – he starred in South Pacific Pictures’ film “We’re here to help” and spent a number of years living in New Zealand.

Packed to the Rafters debuts Tuesday 7th July at 8:30pm on TV ONE.