Eric Thom­son: 800 Words.

Thom­son has his

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

BY Ge­orge, what has 800 Words’ lead­ing man got him­self into this sea­son?

Wid­owed fa­ther Ge­orge Turner (played by Erik Thom­son), seems to be adding more notches to his belt every week – prompt­ing one of his neigh­bours, Tracey (Emma Leonard), to chas­tise him as a “man ho”.

It’s a long way from Dave Rafter, Thom­son’s pre­vi­ous TV al­ter ego, and the ques­tion is whether au­di­ences will hold it against his new char­ac­ter this time around? Since he lost his wife Laura (Tandi Wright), Ge­orge has ro­manced his ed­i­tor Jan (Bri­die Carter), as well as Weld gallery owner Katie (Anna Jul­li­enne).

Now, as the 2017 sea­son starts, he is set to get hot and heavy with boat club owner Fiona (Michelle Lang­stone).

While his love life has the lo­cals talk­ing, the chat­ter gets back to his chil­dren Shay (Melina Vi­dler) and Arlo (Ben­son Jack An­thony), who are not happy hear­ing lewd sto­ries about their dad.

Worse still, hearts are be­ing bro­ken, but Thom­son reck­ons ev­ery­one needs to cut his char­ac­ter some slack.

“I have to jump to Ge­orge’s de­fence,” Thom­son says.

“It’s not a case of him go­ing out get­ting sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion.

“His dal­liances with various women are a symp­tom of him try­ing to work out how to do it [dat­ing and re­la­tion­ships] all again. In the re­search I did on grief, it is a pretty con­fus­ing pe­riod. Men try to work things out ra­tio­nally but the emo­tions of grief and love and par­ent­ing aren’t ra­tio­nal.

“Ge­orge was with the same woman for a long time and it was a ro­mance he thought would last for­ever and he’s had that taken from him. He’s still in the process of work­ing out who he is and how he fits in [to the world] and he makes mis­takes.”

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