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Ask Country Calendar viewers which shows they remember and inevitably the answer is "the spoofs" — satirical episodes that screened unannounced. Sometimes there was outrage but mostly the public enjoyed having the wool pulled over their eyes. Created by producer Tony Trotter and Bogor cartoonist Burton Silver, the first (in late 1977) was the fencing wire-playing farmer and his "rural music". This special episode collects the best of the spoofs, from the infamous radio-controlled dog, to the gay couple who ran a "stress-free" flock, and more malarkey besides.


The Producer's Perspective by Frank Torley 09.10.2009

It’s been described as “iconic’, “the jewel in the crown of New Zealand television” and it’s been around for over four decades. Yes, we’re talking about Country ...

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 Tony Trotter
 Frank Torley
 Burton Silver

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Comments (7)

 Kerry Martin

Kerry Martin

Hi there, could you please tell me where I can find an audio or visual copy of raising haggis. I met an elderly chap recently who said he had never heard it and would love to hear it. And me too. Kerry



Such a fantastic way to remember my Granddad and his farm.

 Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

I consider it necessary that country calendar show a farm, especially a hill farm, where the farmer has had the foresight to restrict water runoff by tree planting and or terracing. NZ is unique in having such good weather for growing but I see few farms that consider runoff in heavy rain as important. Too many farms are subject to erosion and we see the results everywhere. Any land on a slope has to have some protection.



Ah Jim - your prefaces are ruin it

 Julie Hill

Julie Hill

There are no plans to re-run this that I'm aware of, though it might appear on TVNZ's digital channels at some point.
If you are having trouble with the video, try using the low resolution version - switch by clicking the LO/HI button just below the video. It's still a big file, but a lot smaller than the Hi one.

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