In 1988 Entertainment This Week’s host Leeza Gibbons and Coronation Street’s Christopher Quinten found love while taking part in a New Zealand Telethon. The pair starred in two of New Zealand’s favourite TV shows and the sight of them falling for each other live in the Christchurch studios was the talk of the country; viewers — like the couple — were literally agape. This 6.30PM News segment re-caps the romance and follows the duo to Arrowtown for a winter stroll. A year later they were married, but by 1991 it was all over. Warning: includes a deep pash.
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Television, 1987 (Excerpts)
Leeza Gibbons hosts one of NZ telly's more notorious episodes
Fundraising Telethons were part of New Zealand’s TV landscape from 1975 to 1993.
Television, 1987 (Full Length Episode)
More drama and romance from the era
Short Film, 1954 (Full Length)
Arrowtown features in this Brian Brake-shot film
Television, 1971 (Full Length Episode)
Dame Pat Evison acted in this pioneering series