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Drovers' run will soon run out

Channel Nine yesterday announced the axing of the long-running rural drama series McLeod's Daughters.

Filmed in South Australia, the eighth series of the show that is currently in production will be its last.

Channel Nine CEO David Gyngell said in a statement last night the show had achieved iconic status since it first aired in 2001 but he did not elaborate on the reasons for its cancellation.

The series, which focused on the trials and tribulations of a group of women running a cattle property, had been sold to more than 200 countries.

Creator and executive producer Posie Graeme-Evans was quoted in the Channel Nine statement insisting she had always intended for the series to end on a high.

"Based on this belief, in conjunction with Channel Nine, we have come to the decision that series eight will be the last," she said.

A Channel Nine spokeswoman said last night said she had no further details on reasons for the show's axing.

November 21, 2007
The Age

Axe for McLeod's Daughters

CHANNEL 9 is axing its long-running rural drama McLeod's Daughters, despite the delivery of solid ratings for most of its seven-season run on Nine.

The series helped make household names of actors including Bridie Carter, Lisa Chappell and Aaron Jeffery.

The show costs about $500,000 an episode and its writers have found it progressively difficult to create strong storylines after the departure of a string of key cast members.

Series eight of McLeod's, in production in the Barossa Valley region of South Australia, will be its last.

Nine is intent on investing in new drama concepts.

A second series of the Lisa McCune drama Sea Patrol is in production in Queensland and Nine is to deliver gangster drama Underbelly and Canal Road next year.

Nine also announced at the weekend it had commissioned Young Doctors, a modern take on its Aussie hospital drama from the early '80s.

"I have always maintained that the series should finish on a high and while it was still loved by the audience," McLeod's creator and executive producer Posie Graeme-Evans said.

By Darren Devlyn
November 21, 2007
Herald Sun

Press Release:

Channel Nine announced today that Series 8 of the Australian rural drama McLeod’s Daughters, currently in production, will be its final.

Creator and Executive Producer of McLeod’s Daughters, Posie Graeme-Evans said, “I have always maintained that the series should finish on a high, and while it was still loved by the audience. Based on this belief, in conjunction with Channel Nine, we have come to the decision, that Series 8 will be the last.”

Nine CEO David Gyngell said today, “Channel Nine is extremely proud of McLeod’s Daughters and the incredible success it has enjoyed since premiering in 2001. It has become an iconic Australian drama and has featured the best of local talent, both in front of, and behind the cameras.”

A phenomenally successful series, both locally and internationally, McLeod’s has been a top performer for Nine each season and has been sold to an incredible 200 countries around the world. The series has also received 8 Logies Awards, including two for Most Popular Drama Series in 2004/05.

McLeod’s Daughters is shot entirely on location in South Australia, centres on the vast cattle property of Drovers Run and the lives and loves of the women who work it. The eighth and final series starring Simmone Jade Mackinnon, Aaron Jeffery, Abi Tucker, Michala Banas, Matt Passmore, Doris Younane, Gillian Alexy, Luke Jacobz and Dustin Clare, will premiere in early 2008 on Channel Nine.

November 20, 2007