This retrospective special culls highlights from 40 seasons of the longest running show on NZ television. Farming, forestry and fishing are all on the roster, but this edition is as much about observing people and the land and changes over four decades. There is footage of high country musters, helicopter deer capture, floods and blizzards, as well as radio-controlled dogs and mice farmers. Longtime Country Calendar reporters like John Gordon share their memories, and the show catches up with some of the personalities that have featured in the series.
In many countries that produce television, you will often find one or two shows off in a corner, away from their stablemates. The shows I'm talking about are rarely about bells, whistles, and exploding spaceships; instead these programmes are ...
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Television, 1999 (Full Length)
The spoofs episode of the all-things-rural show
Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)
The iconic man+dog vs sheep show
Short Film, 1958 (Full Length)
A classic NFU film on shearing legend Godfrey Bowen
Television, 1968 (Full Length)
A show that included some Country Calendar style hoaxes
Short Film, 1986 (Full Length)
Doco on the relationship between Kiwi farmers and their dogs
Music Video, 2009
A music video for the Phoenix Foundation song '40 Years'
Film, 1987 (Excerpts)
Illegally procured apricots
Short Film, 1953 (Full Length)
Working dogs in the ‘50s
Film, 2007 (Trailer and Excerpts)
A documentary on biodynamic farming and NZer Peter Proctor
Television, 1978 (Full Length Episode)
More Country Calendar magic
Television, 1984 (Full Length Episode)
80s Country Calendar episode on shearer Godfrey Bowen
Short Film, 1952 (Full Length)
More farming history
Television, 1987 (Full Length Episode)
Country Calendar profile of deer capture and farming pioneer Sir Tim Wallis
Television, 1973 (Full Length Episode)
Another Best Of for a long running show
Television, 1988 (Excerpts)
An early acting role for Jim Hickey