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.