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McLeod's rides for eighth season

HIGH-RATING TV drama series McLeod's Daughters - filmed north of Adelaide - has been commissioned for an eighth season.

The decision, announced this morning by Nine, came earlier in the year than expected and ended speculation it might have been axed.

Earlier this month, The Advertiser revealed the producers made an urgent appeal for State Government funding in a bid to convince Channel 9 to commit for another season of the show.

The producers of the show have already received $200,000 from the SA Film Corporation.

McLeod's Daughters has received $2.516 million in State Government funding since the first series in 2000.

Despite its ratings success, the show's producers had feared cost-cutting at Nine may have resulted in its demise.

One of the last drama series to still be shot on Super 16mm film, it is also one of the most expensive Australian TV shows to produce.

Nine programming director Michael Healy today said McLeod's, created by Posie Graeme-Evans, has maintained its success at home and overseas over seven seasons and new episodes of the program will hit screens in 2008.

"The renewal is excellent news for the Australian television drama industry and the continued support of our viewers is very encouraging," Mr Healy said.

By Michael Owen
March 23, 2007
The Advertiser