Taken from NZ Herald, TimeOut.
Australia's Channel Seven
has a pretty good track record when it comes to creating well-balanced, heartfelt family drama that strikes a chord with audiences: Always Greener
, Packed to the Rafters
, Winners and Losers
, and A Place To Call Home
have grabbed attention on both sides of the Tasman.
Where 800 Words
is different, is that it's actually created and written by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune
, The Almighty Johnsons
), and filmed in New Zealand, with a lot of Kiwis in the cast. And in that indefinable sort of way, it has a different edge - a sense of humour, idiosyncratic characters, and scenery that can only be found on the west coast of Auckland.
New Zealand-raised Aussie actor Erik Thomson
stars as George Turner, a Sydney columnist whose world is turned on its head when his wife dies suddenly, leaving him and their two teenage children Shay and Arlo (newcomers Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony), heartbroken and adrift.
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