15 September 2015
| 7.6/10 |
Seven Network, TVNZ 1
| James Griffin
Benson Jack Anthony
Cian Elyse Whit
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer - Actress, Logie Award for Best Actor
Erik Thomson, Benson Jack Anthony, Melina Vidler
800 Words (stylised as 800 words) is an Australian—New Zealand comedy-drama television series, co-produced by South Pacific Pictures and Seven Productions for the Seven Network.
On 19 October 2015, the Seven Network and South Pacific Pictures renewed the show for a second season. It premiered on 23 August 2016 in Australia.
On January 24, 2017, the Seven Network announced that the series had been renewed for a third season.
800 Words Wikipedia
The series was first announced on 29 October 2014 with the Channel Seven 2015 highlights. The CEO of South Pacific Pictures, Kelly Martin said "Seven loved the scripts from the start and we're thrilled to have this project underway. It enables South Pacific Pictures to broaden our horizons and it'll open up some great opportunities for our local actors and crew." Of the series' tone, the Program Chief of Seven, Tim Ross stated, "If you think this show has a bit of the same feel and vibe as Packed to the Rafters, you're dead right — and we make no apologies for that." Filming for the series began on 2 March 2015.
Erik Thomson plays George Turner, a recent widower who quits his job as a popular 800 word columnist for a top selling Sydney newspaper. Over the internet he buys a house on an impulse in a fictional New Zealand remote seaside town called Weld. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids, Shay and Arlo (Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony), who just lost their mother, and now face an even more uncertain future. But the colourful and inquisitive locals ensure Turner’s dream of a fresh start does not go exactly to plan.Erik Thomson as George Turner
Melina Vidler as Shay Turner
Benson Jack Anthony as Arlo Turner
Rick Donald as Woody; an Australian expat builder who moved to Weld for the surf.
Bridie Carter as Jan; George's former boss and editor in Sydney
Emma Leonard as Tracey; an Australian expat and Shay and Arlo's form teacher at Weld High School. (Teacher Spice)
Michelle Langstone as Fiona; the owner-operator of the Weld Boat Club and a volunteer ambulance driver. (Busy Spice)
Anna Jullienne as Katie; a part-Maori artist and owner of the Weld arts and crafts gallery. (Arty Spice)
Cian Elyse White as Hannah; a surfer who works part-time at the Weld Boat Club and the local surf shop. (Surfy Spice)
Reon Bell as Billy; Katie's son
Manon Blackman as Lindsay McNamara
Jonathan Brugh as Monty McNamara; a real estate agent who sold George his new home in Weld and a volunteer firefighter.
Peter Elliott as Bill "Big Mac" McNamara
John Leigh as Constable Tom; Weld's local police officer and photographer
Alex Tarrant as Ike
Olivia Tennet as Siouxsie; Monty's daughter and secretary.
Rob Williams as Zac; Katie's ex-partner and Billy's father.
Tandi Wright as Laura Turner; deceased wife of George and mother to Shay and Arlo.
The series premiered in Australia on 15 September 2015 on the Seven Network and premiered in New Zealand on 5 November 2015 on TV One. In the United States, the series premiered on Acorn TV in 2016.
Season one along with part one and two of season two are available on iTunes in Australia.