Seven has revealed more details about it’s new upcoming drama 800 Words.
The cast for the series includes Erik Thompson Packed to the Rafters, All Saints, The Black Balloon) is joined by Australia’s Melina Vidler (The Arrangement, Mako: Island of Secrets) and Bensen Jack Anthony (Underbelly Razor, Blood Brothers, Legend of the Seeker) who play his teenage children, Shay and Arlo Turner. Rick Donald (Friends with Better Lives, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) plays George’s soon to be best mate Woody. Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) plays Jan, editor of the newspaper George writes for, and Emma Leonard (Home & Away) is local teacher, Tracey.
The series sees George Turner 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 remote New Zealand seaside town. Turner then has to break the news to his two teenage kids who just lost their mum, and now face an even more uncertain future. The Turners arrive in a most unlikely, distant new home in the fictional town of Weld. It is off the tourist trail and unaccustomed to newcomers. The close-knit community of colourful, secretive and inquisitive locals ensure Turner’s dream of a fresh start does not go to plan.
The 8 part series is being produced by Seven’s Head of Drama Julie McGauran and starts production today.
800 words is expected to screen on 7 later this year,