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Epic new Australian drama takes flight

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RFDS set to soar from 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August

Based on remarkable real-life stories, the gripping new Australian drama RFDS lands after the Olympics at 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Filmed on location in and around Broken Hill, RFDS captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast centre, where the doctors, nurses, pilots and support staff of the RFDS negotiate the unique challenges of emergency rescues across some of the most inhospitable places in the country.

RFDS stars Logie Award-winning actor Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Wanted), Logie Award-winning star of stage and screen Rob Collins (Mystery Road S2, Total Control, Glitch) and acclaimed actors Emma Hamilton (Mr Selfridge, The Tudors), Justine Clarke (Tangle, Hungry Ghosts, The Time Of Our Lives) and Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Bite Club).

Determined to escape her past and start a new life, Dr Eliza Harrod (Emma Hamilton) arrives in outback Australia from the UK. Only days into her new role at the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Eliza finds herself at the forefront of a catastrophic emergency retrieval while Flight Nurse Pete Emerson (Stephen Peacocke) faces an unthinkable tragedy.

Audiences can expect beautiful scenery, deep and thoughtful storylines and a really, good honest look at how the RFDS does its vital work.

Justine Clarke (Base Manager Leonie Smith)

It’s not lost on us that we are representing a really important organisation that means so much to Australia.

Stephen Peacocke (Pete Emerson)

There’s a connection that the folks of the RFDS have with the people that they service which goes beyond doctor patient dynamics. They are a real part of the community.

Rob Collins (Dr Wayne Yates)

RFDS is an Endemol Shine Banks production for the Seven Network, with major production investment from Seven in association with Screen Australia. It was financed with support from Screen NSW through the Made in NSW Fund and the Regional Filming Fund.

RFDS premieres 8.40pm Wednesday, 11 August on Channel 7 and 7plus

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FIRST LOOK: RFDS takes Aussie drama to a new high

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Based on remarkable real-life stories, RFDS portrays the modern-day heroes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The gripping new Australian action-drama coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus stars Logie Award-winning actor Stephen Peacocke (Home and Away, Wanted), Logie Award-winning star of stage and screen Rob Collins (Mystery Road S2, Total Control, Glitch) and acclaimed actors Emma Hamilton (Mr Selfridge, The Tudors), Justine Clarke (Tangle, Hungry Ghosts, The Time Of Our Lives) and Ash Ricardo (Offspring, Bite Club).

Filmed on location in and around Broken Hill, RFDS captures the beauty and brutality of Australia’s vast centre where the doctors and the nurses, pilots and support staff of the RFDS negotiate the unique challenges of emergency rescues across some of the most inhospitable places in the country.

RFDS is also a story about community and people coming together to laugh, to cry and to triumph over adversity as the RFDS navigate private lives as turbulent and profound as the heart-stopping emergencies they attend. 

This compelling series, led by an incredible cast and team of creatives, is based on the real-life stories of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and highlights the extraordinary work they do, day in, day out.  

RFDS showcases powerful contemporary Australian drama on an epic scale. We are thrilled to bring this rich and engaging series and its magnificent setting of outback Australia to audiences.

Julie McGauran, Seven Network Executive Producer

RFDS is an Endemol Shine Banks production for the Seven Network, with major production investment from Seven in association with Screen Australia. It was financed with support from Screen NSW through the Made in NSW Fund and the Regional Filming Fund.

RFDS is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus

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The true crime drama event of 2021

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How did a game show bring down a serial killer?

From the multi-award-winning makers of global hits Line of Duty and Bodyguard, comes monster UK hit and true crime drama event: The Pembrokeshire Murders.

This gripping three-part series brings to life the extraordinary cold case pursuit of the most notorious serial killer in Welsh history, a former farm labourer dubbed the “Bullseye Killer”.

The Pembrokeshire Murders tells the true story of Operation Ottawa, a cold case investigation into two double murders from the 1980s, which took place in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. It is based Catching The Bullseye Killer, a book by Steve Wilkins who was the senior investigating officer in the case. 

In 2006, the newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases. Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 1980s and 1990s. The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer.

Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again? And what vital clue on TV game show Bullseye helped crack the case?

Luke Evans as Steve Wilkins

Starring Welsh-born Hollywood actor Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, The Alienist, Dracula Untold), The Pembrokeshire Murders debuted in the UK last month to critical acclaim and monster ratings, becoming ITV’s biggest new drama series since 2014 and its biggest drama launch since 2006.

The Pembrokeshire Murders coming soon on Channel 7 and 7plus

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The Bay returns with a killer case

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Gripping new season premieres 8.30pm Wednesday, 10 February


Hit British crime drama The Bay is back with a gripping new season.

Season 2 finds DC Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) at a low ebb, dealing with the repercussions of her actions last year concealing evidence around the death of a teenager.

Forced to do menial police work, Lisa struggles following the orders of her previously lower ranking colleague, DC ‘Med’ Kharim (Taheen Modak), who continues to go from strength-to-strength.

A new case involving a shocking murder within a loving family brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line, where she has the opportunity to prove her worth – to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.

However, as the team try to uncover why the victim was targeted, Lisa and her children are stalked by a mysterious figure who has returned with an agenda.

Lisa is dealing with new challenges, both at work and at home. She’s trying to move on with her life, but the past has a nasty habit of coming back to haunt you, just at the wrong time.

Daragh Carville, The Bay writer

Earning comparisons to Broadchurch, The Bay proved a fast hit with UK viewers when it debuted in March 2019. The second season premiered on ITV last month, with critics describing it as a “…finely crafted detective thriller” (The Times) and “engrossing” (i news).

The Bay Season 2 premieres 8.30pm Wednesday, 10 February on Channel 7 and 7plus

Home and Away

Home and Away: Australia’s #1 drama

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Home and Away

With its incredible 33rd season wrapping up last night, Home and Away has once again proven it has the heart of the nation by outrating all other Australian dramas on commercial TV this year.

Across its 2020 season, Home and Away delivered an average total video audience of 1,119,000. Broadcast averaged 989,000 including 610,000 in the capital cities and BVOD audience of 130,000.

On 7plus (Australia’s #1 commercial free to air BVOD platform), Home and Away has consistently delivered significant audiences across 2020, with over 560 million minutes of the drama streamed on VOD across the year.

Seven’s Network Director of Programming, Angus Ross, said the success of the much-loved series this year was even more remarkable than normal, given the impact of COVID-19 on production.

Home and Away’s success this year is a fantastic result given the nine-week production shutdown in March, April and May and the ongoing production challenges since then. The show’s amazing team ensured it didn’t miss a beat on air.

To close out the year as the #1 Australian drama given the circumstances is a well-deserved achievement for everyone involved in its production. It’s easy to see why all of us at Seven love Home and Away, and it is great to once again see that love reflected in our audience numbers.

Angus Ross, Seven’s Network Director of Programming

The place of Home and Away at 7.00pm, four nights a week, demonstrates its key role in our content spine. It keeps viewers engaged with Seven, helping deliver great results for our partners out of 7NEWS and into our 7.30pm programming.

Home and Away’s success on 7plus further amplifies its importance to our schedule and gives partners another great way to reach the dedicated and passionate audience that the show has built over the past 33 seasons.

Natalie Harvey, Seven’s Network Sales Director

Home and Away will return to Channel 7 and 7plus for its 34th season in early 2021.

Home and Away in 2020:

• #1 Australian drama series on commercial free-to-air TV
• Total video audience over 1.1 million
• #1 streamed drama series on BVOD
• Reached over 1 million people on 7plus
• BVOD audience grew 13% on 2019 season
• 1.9 million total social followers
• 229 million social impressions
• 20 million total social engagements
• 47.8 million social video views

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