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ERIK THOM­SON: IS RO­MANCE ON THE CARDS FOR TV’S FAVOURITE DAD?

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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.

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