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This is the opening episode of the Prime TV series celebrating 50 years of New Zealand television: from an opening night puppet show in Auckland in 1960, through to Outrageous Fortune five decades later. It traverses the medium's development and its major turning points (including the rise of programme-making and news, networking, colour and the arrival of TV3, Prime, NZ on Air, Sky and Māori Television) and interviews key players. The changing nature of the NZ living room — always with the telly in pride of place as modern hearth — is a story within a story.


Reflections from the Executive Producer by Irene Gardiner 22.06.2011

New Zealand screen history seems to haunt my working life. For the past three years I’ve worked part-time as NZ On Screen’s Content Director: a wonderful job, and one where you constantly get to remember, engage with, and celebrate our ...

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 John Bates
 Geoff Steven
 Julian Mounter

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Comments (3)

 Julie Hill

Julie Hill

Hi Nathan, Hi Darren - unfortunately it's a bit of a rights nightmare to clear these episodes for the website. We are just going to have this one for now but will see what we can do about getting the rest.

 Nathan Unknown

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please upload the other episodes.

 Darren Schroeder

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Wow, great to see this available for folks who missed it last year, any chance of further episodes?

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People love New Zealand and they love the stories. They have a real joy and celebration of it. I’m convinced about that. 
The novelty of it all was fascinating and we had people who stood outside the shops in the pouring rain, under the verandas, watching for the whole four hours of transmission each night. 
It conveyed an overwhelming sense of lost innocence. On the night CHTV3 was launched in 1961, viewers were introduced to the magical new medium by a continuity announcer exhibiting all the joie de vivre of a funeral director. He sounded almost apologetic for intruding into people’s living rooms ...