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Nine Network to challenge Seven with 'Packed to the Rafters' rival

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Lincoln Lewis

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The Nine Network has created a new television drama designed to rival the Seven Network's award-winning show Packed to the Rafters.

Tricky Business, a series about the Christie family who run a debt collection business in Wollongong, is scheduled to debut on screens this year.

According to the Herald Sun, comedian Shane Bourne will play head of the family Jim Christie, while Debra Byrne has been cast as his wife Claire. Gigi Edgley has landed the role of daughter Kate, while Sophie Hensser will play Lily.

Other cast members include former Home and Away actors Kip Gamblin and Lincoln Lewis, plus Antony Starr.

Nine, who recently released an on-air promo for the show that shows the family standing by a pool cooking a barbecue, said that Tricky Business will be "warm, funny and moving", adding: "The show is an interesting combination of family relationships and a little bit of chase 'em down action."

Last year, Seven was criticised for cutting the Packed to the Rafters series short in an apparent bid to boost viewers for new drama Winners and Losers. Shortly after the most recent series finished, it was announced that former Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell will join the Packed to the Rafters cast this year.

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Watch the Tricky Business promo below:

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