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Hugh Sheri­dan had a steamy in­tro­duc­tion in the re­turn of House Hus­bands and will con­tinue to spice things up.

The Packed to the Rafters favourite plays the new hubby on the block in Chan­nel 9’s fam­ily drama-com­edy, now in its fifth sea­son. His char­ac­ter Nick is the new beau of Rachel (Jane All­sop) and when he moves in next door to Lewis (Gary Sweet), Lewis isn’t im­pressed with his al­fresco love­mak­ing.

Join­ing such an es­tab­lished show was daunt­ing enough for Sheri­dan, but he was par­tic­u­larly ner­vous about meet­ing House Hus­bands patriarch and Aus­tralian screen vet­eran Sweet.

“A cou­ple of peo­ple had warned me, say­ing, ‘Just so you know, Gary likes to be the big dog on set.’

The first time I met him was at the Lo­gies. I was sit­ting next to him and I was scared to talk to him,” he says.

“But it turns out he’s the nicest, fun­ni­est per­son I’ve ever worked with. He re­ally goes out of his way to check on you and make you laugh.”

All­sop’s char­ac­ter Rachel is best known by fans as Mark’s (Rhys Mul­doon) boss from hell. Her re­la­tion­ship with Nick will show an­other side to the ‘nut bag’ in the new sea­son.

“Rachel is this night­mare re­ally. I wouldn’t go out with her, let’s put it that way,” All­sop laughs.

“I thought, how’s this go­ing to work? We bring this new char­ac­ter in and he likes this crazy woman?

“But I think we’ve found the way in to make those two char­ac­ters work on-screen, even though they’re very dif­fer­ent.

“Part of what peo­ple loved about Rachel in the last se­ries was that she’s this crazy nut­bag ... we can’t throw that out the win­dow ei­ther.”

Delta Goodrem also joins the House Hus­bands cast this year as Izzy Drey­fus, a new read­ing re­cov­ery teacher at Ne­pean South Pri­mary School. House Hus­bands, Mon­day 9pm, Chan­nel 9.

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