Farewell to local dramas
800 Words and Rake are about to screen last-ever episodes.
Two local dramas will leave our screens permanently in the next week, and a third is close behind.
800 Words and Rake will both air last-ever episodes within the next 7 days.
800 Words wraps up 3 seasons tomorrow, although it feels like 4 seasons due to Seven screening it over a 4 year period.
The NZ-produced drama starring Erik Thomson has offered up some heartwarming and sometimes quirky drama without attempting to be provocative. Both Melina Vidler and Benson Jack Anthony should prove to be part of its acting legacy.
The series ends with George Turner finally about to settle down once more. About time.
Rake will wrap up 5 seasons next Sunday, screening over 9 years.
Originally due to conclude at 3 seasons, it returned for a 4th then a 5th, by shifting its Sydney legal universe to Canberra politics.
Created by Peter Duncan and star Richard Roxburgh (with a legal wrangle of its own adding Charles Waterworth as co-creator), it has enjoyed critical acclaim and a who’s who of top guest stars. The show even spawned a US adaptation with Greg Kinnear but unable to succeed beyond one season. Rake will go down as one of Roxburgh’s career performances.
Next Sunday it concludes with Fuzz (Keegan Joyce) returning from Silicon Valley and Cal
McGregor (Damien Garvey) now Prime Minister.
A Place to Call Home will also wrap up 6 seasons on Foxtel on October 21.
800 Words final 9:35pm Tuesday on Seven
Rake final 8:30pm Sunday on ABC.