The Brokenwood Mysteries

South Pacific Pictures

800 Words
40 x 1 hour comedy drama series

800 Words is a 40 x 1 hour comedy drama series produced by South Pacific Pictures and Seven Productions. The series premiered in Australia in September 2015 and quickly became the #1 drama on Australian television as well as topping the Tuesday night primetime ratings. 800 Words also premiered in New Zealand on TV One in late 2015. Erik Thomson plays George, a man who used to skate through life but who is now stumbling. When his wife dies suddenly, George makes a rash decision to move his two teenaged kids away from the big smoke of Sydney to the picturesque town of Weld in New Zealand. All he wants to do is make a fresh start but it seems that everyone - his kids, the townspeople, the universe - have other ideas. This is a Seven and South Pacific Pictures production created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) and Maxine Fleming (Being Eve, Outrageous Fortune). The second half of Season Three of 800 Words is set to launch on Channel 7 in Australia and in New Zealand on TVNZ One in early 2018.

Press Reviews

  • 800 Words shows our hunger for good drama. It is a ray of sunshine. Debi Enker

  • NZ drama smashes Aussie ratings Russell Baillie


Winner: Best Actor NZTV Awards 2018 (Rick Donald)

Bronze Medal: New York Festivals 2018 International TV & Film Awards Drama Special

Australian Logies: Best Newcomer (Melina Vidler)

Australian Logies: Best Actor (Erik Thomson)

NZTV Awards: Best Drama Series


Chris Bailey


Executive Producer(s):
Kelly Martin

James Griffin, Maxine Fleming

Production Year

TV Series