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SPP goes back to the bach

Australia’s Channel Seven has announced the commissioning of a second series of 800 Words, which has been winning the ratings during its run on t’other side of the ditch. The show has been averaging 2 million viewers a week.

New Zealand-raised Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, We’re Here To Help) leads the show as a widower who decides to move his two teenage kids from Sydney to rural New Zealand. In the announcement of a second series Seven’s Director of Network Production, Brad Lyons, said, “The success of 800 Words is testament to the great production teams and a terrific cast led by Erik Thomson.”

Plenty of NZ cast featured in the first season, including Reon Bell, Manon Blackman, Jonathan Brugh, Peter Elliott, Anna Jullienne, Michelle Langstone, John Leigh, Alex Tarrant, Olivia Tennet and Cian Elyse White.

Season one was produced by Chris Hampson (Hope & Wire, White Lies, Kaitangata Twitch). Executive Producers were SPP’s Kelly Martin, Chris Bailey and Seven’s Julie McGauran. Australia’s Pino Amenta (Wentworth, Winners & Losers, Packed to the Rafters) and New Zealand’s Mike Smith (Siege, The Brokenwood Mysteries) directed season one.

The show was created by James Griffin (Outrageous Fortune, The Almighty Johnsons) and Maxine Fleming (Being Eve, Agent Anna), and is a co-production between Seven and South Pacific Pictures. Destined for TV One here, series one of 800 Words shot at a number of West Auckland beaches. Series two will also be shot in New Zealand, over the summer 2016. Storylining is presently under way.

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