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Jessica Mauboy and Rebecca Gibney set to star in Seven's new TV series

Seven Network has announced three new star-studded, Screen Australia-funded Aussie series for 2016.

Jessica Mauboy showed off her acting prowress in The Sapphires and is set to shine again in her first major television role, in ‘feel-good’ drama series The Secret Daughter.

Meanwhile beloved actress Rebecca Gibney, from the hit Seven show Packed to the Rafters, will return to the network as a woman on the run in Wanted.

And following on from the success of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart is the highly anticipated two part mini-series Molly. Based on Molly Meldrum’s book The Never, Um … Ever Ending Story, it stars Samuel Johnson as the cowboy hat-wearing icon, charting his rise from humble beginnings to one of the most influential names in Aussie music.

The announcements show Seven’s dedication to creating and developing new Australian television, Seven’s director of network production Brad Lyons says.

“We are more committed to Australian production than ever,” Mr Lyons said in a statement on Wednesday. “The number of hours we produce continues to grow and in 2016 we will be launching more new shows than ever before.”

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason says like Channel 7, they are delighted Australian audiences are so keen to watch local drama.

“This year alone we’ve been thrilled to see titles we’ve funded like The Secret River, Catching Milat and House of Hancock do so well on TV,” he says.

And he knows that will only continue with these new series.

“We share Channel 7’s great enthusiasm for The Secret Daughter, Wanted and Molly, each of which I know are going to be a huge success,” he says.

For Screen Australia, high quality homegrown TV drama is a top priority and Mr Mason says they are pleased to play a part in getting it to viewers.

“We’re proud to have played a role in bringing so many titles to local screens,” he says.

“The year ahead is full of stellar new titles across all the networks, and we look forward to enjoying them along with Australian audiences.”