800 Words confirmed for a second season

Seven Network Press Release (edited)

Australia’s number one drama to return for a second season.

Channel Seven has announced the commissioning of a second series of Australia’s number one drama, 800 Words.

Helmed by award-winning actor, Erik Thomson, Seven’s hit family drama has charmed Australian audiences, averaging 2 million viewers nationally each week.

The series launched on September 15 to an audience of 2.16 million and has remained Tuesday’s number one show across the first five episodes. 800 Words is the number two regular program this year behind Seven’s My Kitchen Rules.

Brad Lyons, Seven’s Director of Network Production, said: “It’s no secret we pride ourselves on being the home of Australian drama. The success of 800 Words is testament to the great production teams and a terrific cast led by Erik Thomson. We’re thrilled that Australian audiences have embraced the Turner family and the people of Weld. It’s further proof good stories, told well, are key.”

800 Words follows George Turner (Thomson) and his teenage children Shay (Melina Vidler) and Arlo (Benson Jack Anthony) as they make a fresh start in the fictional seaside town of Weld in New Zealand after suffering a family tragedy.

800 Words is a co-production between Seven and South Pacific Pictures. The series was co-created by James Griffin and Maxine Fleming. Seven’s Head of Drama, Julie McGauran, is Executive Producer along with Kelly Martin and Chris Bailey for South Pacific Pictures.

800 Words is due to screen in New Zealand on TV One.