STAY­ING MUM ON NEW RE­CRUIT

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It’s a big in­vest­ment and show of faith from Seven at a time when most net­works see shorter-run se­ries as a safer bet.

But while you’d ex­pect the cast, Thom­son in par­tic­u­lar, would feel pres­sure to live up to those ex­pec­ta­tions, all three say they’re more ex­cited than ner­vous for the show to hit screens on Tues­day.

“The scripts have been good and the episodes we’ve shot so far have been really well re­ceived by the net­work – they’re pumped,” says Thom­son.

So what can we ex­pect with the Turner fam­ily re­turn to screens?

At the end of last sea­son they were in dis­ar­ray. Dad Ge­orge was mak­ing rash de­ci­sions, daugh­ter Shay had fled to Syd­ney and son Arlo was try­ing to hold it all to­gether.

But a di­vided fam­ily won’t last long, prom­ises Vi­dler.

“We pick up three weeks on and Shay has been in Syd­ney find­ing her feet (but) she doesn’t want Ge­orge or Arlo to know she’s strug­gling,” she re­veals.

“Shay comes back for a few rea­sons but fun­da­men­tally it’s be­cause she wants to be with her fam­ily. Plus I wanted to come back!”

We’ll also see far more of Bri­die Carter’s Jan who has moved in with the Turn­ers … and into Ge­orge’s bed, much to Arlo’s dis­may.

And last, but cer­tainly not least, we’ll get to know more about the di­verse per­son­al­i­ties who in­habit Weld.

“We’ll get op­por­tu­ni­ties to know all of the char­ac­ters much bet­ter,” prom­ises Thom­son of the sup­port­ing cast which in­cludes Aussies Rick Don­ald and Emma Leonard and Kiwi heavy­weights Michelle Lang­stone and Peter El­liott.

“They’re all great ac­tors and are bring­ing a whole lot to the show. It’s nice to see them get­ting op­por­tu­nity as well.” GOG­GLE­BOX Aus­tralia’s new­est re­cruit is larger than life Anas­ta­sia’s 75-year-old mum An­gela, who will be fill­ing in for Faye while she’s on hol­i­days for the next two weeks.

An­gela ad­mits she’s some­times em­bar­rassed by her daugh­ter’s saucy com­ments about men dur­ing the show.

“Some­one came to me and said, ‘Why does your daugh­ter speak like that on TV?’. It was when she spoke about want­ing the man with the big d---! I got em­bar­rassed and told her off. But Anas­ta­sia doesn’t care about what any­one thinks, this is what I love about her,”

Anas­ta­sia orig­i­nally au­di­tioned for the show with An­gela, but the pro­duc­ers felt she’d be bet­ter off paired with a friend, which is how Faye came to the show.

An­gela says she’s al­ways sup­ported her daugh­ter’s am­bi­tion to be on TV, but it wasn’t un­til Gog­gle­box that they found the right out­let for her ex­u­ber­ant per­son­al­ity.

“Anas­ta­sia is very loud. Some­times she gives me a headache when she talks too much. This is why Gog­gle­box suits her as she is al­ways talk­ing!”

The Turn­ers: Ben­son Jack An­thony, Melina Vi­dler and Erik Thom­son.

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