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800 Words 

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | TV Series (2015–2018)
A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper.
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Series cast summary:
Erik Thomson ...  George Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Melina Vidler ...  Shay Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Benson Jack Anthony ...  Arlo Turner 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Michelle Langstone ...  Fiona 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Rick Donald ...  Woody 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Anna Jullienne ...  Katie 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Emma Leonard ...  Tracey 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Jonny Brugh ...  Monty 40 episodes, 2015-2018
John Leigh ...  Constable Tom 40 episodes, 2015-2018
Cian Elyse White ...  Hannah 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Alex Tarrant ...  Ike 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Rob Kipa-Williams ...  Zac 39 episodes, 2015-2018
Peter Elliott ...  Big Mac 38 episodes, 2015-2018
Manon Blackman Manon Blackman ...  Lindsay 36 episodes, 2015-2018
Reon Bell Reon Bell ...  Billy 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Olivia Tennet ...  Siouxsie 35 episodes, 2015-2018
Paul Glover Paul Glover ...  Bill Jnr 33 episodes, 2015-2018
Bridie Carter ...  Jan 32 episodes, 2015-2018
Jesse Griffin Jesse Griffin ...  Sean 29 episodes, 2015-2018
Renee Lyons Renee Lyons ...  Brenda 27 episodes, 2015-2018
David Fane ...  Smiler 20 episodes, 2015-2018


A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside town. He then has to break the news to his two teenage kids who just lost their mum, and now face an even more uncertain future. But the colourful and inquisitive locals ensure his dream of a fresh start does not go to plan. Written by marcus-b1285

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Sometimes all you need is a fresh start. (Season 1)


Comedy | Drama | Family


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Release Date:

15 September 2015 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand See more »

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Did You Know?


In Season 3 episode 1 Shay wears a jean jacket with of all things a Philmont Scout patch on the sleeve. New Mexico meets New Zealand. See more »


Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.24 (2016) See more »

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Loving this show
22 September 2015 | by jk-692-236394See all my reviews

I live in California and I hunt down and watch shows from other countries. Masterchef Au is by far the best Masterchef from around the world. One type of show I have found that I think Australia does really well, is the family dramedy. Offspring is one of my favorites, which led me to Love my Way, and other shows. Which oddly the same people seem to in so many of the shows I watch from Australia. House Husbands I really like and I love Upper Middle Bogan and Doctor Blake Mysteries, Sea Change... I enjoyed Anzac Girls very much and I learned so much about Australia and their history. of which I had no idea about before. I had never seen the main actor, Erik Thomson in anything and he is great. Watching shows from other countries, with actors you have never seen or heard of, makes the experience extra fun. This show feels like a winner to me. Oddly enough it reminds me a bit of Northern Exposure. I like how it is set in an unusual location with different types of people. The entire cast looks quite good as well. I am looking forward to watch the entire season and hopefully it will get renewed and carry on for a few years. I wish some of these shows would find their way onto Netflix USA or Amazon Prime or Network TV over here. I am not sure why Australia does not syndicate their shows. I know the government funds a lot of TV, so maybe that is the difference. Our loss. Update, it has been a huge hit, and I am so glad. It is going into season 4. It just keeps getting better. I am furious that they canceled this show. It made it onto Netflix and it felt like it was just getting started! This show had years of stories left to tell. All the shows I love from AU constantly get canceled. Selling these shows to other countries is a must if it is the money that is the issue. The talent in this show is brilliant. BRING THIS ONE BACK!

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