Cur­tain up on Chan­nel 7’s 2013 shows

View­ers will have a glut of pro­grams to try for the first time, writes Holly Byrnes.

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CHAN­NEL 7 has un­veiled a slate of new shows and re­turn­ing favourites for 2013. The rest of the free-to-air net­works fol­low in com­ing weeks.

What’s new

A Place to Call Home: From the cre­ator of Packed to the Rafters and set in ru­ral Aus­tralia in the 1950s. Stars

Crown­ies star Marta Dus­sel­dorp as a woman with a mys­tery past who re­turns to Aus­tralia af­ter 20 years abroad. She dis­cov­ers a fam­ily se­cret, but they don’t know hers. Plus Noni Ha­zle­hurst.

Mrs Biggs: Five-part drama se­ries and co-pro­duc­tion by ITV Stu­dios, Seven and De­cem­ber Films. Tells the story of no­to­ri­ous fugi­tive Ron­ald ‘‘Ron­nie’’ Biggs of the Great Train Rob­bery in­famy, through the eyes of his ex-wife, Charmian.

House Rules: Take on Nine’s The Block, where own­ers must hand over the keys to their house to strangers who come and com­pletely ren­o­vate your home. From the mak­ers of My Kitchen Rules.

Celebrity Splash : Celebri­ties per­form com­pli­cated dives from vary­ing heights with the as­sis­tance of pro­fes­sional div­ing in­struc­tors who help each par­tic­i­pant with weeks of train­ing.

The Mole – Cul­ture Clash : Re­boot of this men­tal and phys­i­cal chal­lenge, where com­peti­tors are set tasks which the ‘‘mole’’ will set out to sab­o­tage. The con­tes­tants will be drawn from all walks of life, a sure-fire recipe for con­flict and sus­pi­cion.

Last Re­sort: Ac­tion thriller about the crew of a US nu­clear sub­ma­rine who af­ter ques­tion­ing an ex­ec­u­tive or­der

are branded fugi­tives by their own coun­try. Stars Scott Speed­man ( Fe­lic­ity) and Aus­tralians Daniel Liss­ing ( Home & Away), Dichen Lach­man ( Neigh­bours, Doll­house) and Daisy Betts ( Sea Pa­trol).

Red Widow: Radha Mitchell plays a house­wife liv­ing the good life un­til she learns her fam­ily are in­volved in or­gan­ised crime. Think So­pra­nos meets Alias. Also stars All Saints favourite Wil Traval.

Zero Hour: Top Gun and ER favourite An­thony Ed­wards makes a re­turn to se­ries tele­vi­sion as Hank Gal­lis­ton, the pub­lisher of a para­nor­mal fan mag, Mod­ern Skep­tic. When his wife (Aussie Jacinda Bar­rett) is ab­ducted, he is pulled into one of the most com­pelling mys­ter­ies in hu­man his­tory.

Mr Sel­fridge: Jeremy Piven ( En­tourage) charts the spec­tac­u­lar rise and fall of the Amer­i­can re­tail ge­nius in a lav­ish pe­riod drama set in bustling Lon­don in 1909. Aussie Frances O’Con­nor plays his wife.

Marta Dus­sel­dorp (above); Scott Speed­man (far left); Radha Mitchell

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