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Packed to the Rafters Returns Tonight on Channel Seven, Starts Three Months After Mel Rafter's Death

Packed to the Rafters is Back Tonight! But Will You Watch?

Last November was a tough one for Packed to the Rafters fans — at the end of the third season viewers lost one of their favourite characters: Mel Rafter (played by Zoe Ventoura), who was killed off in a tragic car accident. The fourth season starts TONIGHT on Channel Seven at 8:30pm and it takes place three months after Mel’s death. Her husband Ben (Hugh Sheridan) returns from a road trip with his brother Nathan (Angus McLaren) and while he seems to be coping with the passing of his wife, we all know that’s not the case. Rafter matriarch Rebecca Gibney said, “While the tragedy is still there and we haven’t moved through it, we are starting to move on. So there is still hope, but there are still the remnants of Mel’s death,” while her onscreen daughter Jessica Marais noted how the dynamic has changed.

<object height="324" width="550" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"> <param name="data" value="" /> <param name="flashVars" value="browseCarouselUI=hide&repeat=0&shareUrl=http%3A//" /> <param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <param name="src" value="" /> <param name="flashvars" value="browseCarouselUI=hide&repeat=0&shareUrl=http%3A//" /> </object><p>Rebecca and Ben also appeared on Sunrise this morning to talk up the season’s premiere. Last year some passionate fans said they’d boycott the show over the decision to kill Mel off, but we can’t wait to catch up with our favourite Aussie TV family. What about you — will you be tuning into Packed to the Rafters?
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