LOVE IN THE AIR
ERIK THOMSON: IS ROMANCE ON THE CARDS FOR TV’S FAVOURITE DAD?
It’s the uber-relatable TV show starring Australia’s national dad-treasure Erik Thomson, and it’s just been confirmed for a third season. 800 Words follows widower George Turner (Thomson) as he moves to a remote town in New Zealand that, despite its size, packs plenty of drama.
“People love starting over stories and fish out of water stories,” Thomson says of the show’s success.
Recently picking up after the off-season, 800 Words is in the midst of exploring the relationship between George and Fiona (Michelle Langstone), who shared a cheeky pash at the end of 2016’s programming.
“Script-wise that relationship wasn’t set in stone, there were hints at it but the screenwriters leave the options open and they’re still keeping the option open,” Thomson says.
“You might have something you want to work out but it might not happen that way, situations change, people change, and the scripts really reflect that.”
Having filmed significantly in advance, Thomson hints that the rest of the current season, as well as season three, may not be the honeymoon viewers expect.
“I’ve read some of the scripts for the next series so it’s all reopening stuff – nothing is ever neat and tidy in life. On paper George and Fiona are a great match, but once those things come up it’s a big wedge in the relationship.”
After being teased with this relationship for quite some time, fans of 800 Words were satisfied when the two finally hooked up, but given Thomson’s hints at a dysfunctional future, writers may be planning a ‘Will they? Won’t they?’ scenario.
“Those relationships are the ones you remember, the ones who can’t quite get it together even though you want them to so badly. You become invested. It’s something that’s been done many times before but there’s a reason why it’s done.”
But despite being so embroiled in their characters lives, a happy ending isn’t always what actors want.
“When a happy ending eventuates it’ll be the end of the show,” Thomson says.
“When the pure happy ending is there, that’s the end of the show and the end of our time on the show. So we want it to be terrible with lots of drama to sort through.”
Catch 800 Words on Channel 7 every Tuesday at 8.30pm.
Melina Vidler, Erik Thomson and Benson Jack Anthony are back in 800 Words.