Dad’s the word for newbies

Erik Thomson became a favourite fixture in living rooms across Australia as dependable working- class dad Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters, creating many memorable moments with his on-screen family.

Thomson’s new series 800 Words, which premiered last month, has also become a hit, quickly cementing its place as Australia’s new No. 1 drama and bucking a trend that has seen many viewers abandon drama for reality TV