THOMSON HAS HIS WAY WITH WORDS
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.”