Curtain up on Channel 7’s 2013 shows
Viewers will have a glut of programs to try for the first time, writes Holly Byrnes.
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.
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