It’s been almost a year since the second series of hit show 800 Words began filming in West Auckland, and now Kiwi audiences will finally get a chance to watch the award-winning show set on Auckland’s West Coast.
The first series attracted audiences of over a million Aussies per episode and the second series has rated equally well.
The show’s leading man, Aussie-based Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters) has been raving about returning to the country in which he grew up.
Meanwhile, viewers can play “spot the baby bump” when the show goes to air next Sunday night.
Actress Anna Jullienne (Shortland Street, The Blue Rose) was pregnant with her second child for most of the eight-month shoot and the production team had to work hard to cover up her growing belly given her character, Katie was not expecting. By the time they wrapped filming in August, Jullienne, 34, was six months pregnant and it was getting tricky to cover the fact.
“I spent the first four months throwing up daily, so it was a pretty average time for me.
“But it was probably even harder for the wardrobe team and the art department who had to spend a whole lot of extra time finding inventive ways to cover the fact that I was getting bigger. I did a lot of carrying boxes and folders in scenes. I feel like my character spent the better part of 16 episodes holding something over her stomach!”
Baby Jude was born in November and Jullienne is well prepared to come back to various work projects this year.
“Initially I was nervous about leaving the boys to come back to work, but now I’m quietly looking forward to having a couple hours to myself,” she says. “I might even be able to squeeze in a cheeky nap at work here and there, which is something that never happens at home anymore!”