This 'docu-soap' put six 20-somethings into a rented house for three months — including a beauty contestant and a live-in cameraman. It was one of a series of 90s reality shows observing homelife which were soon to become a phenomenon, thanks to Big Brother. But without a lockdown or 24-7 surveillance, Flatmate's charms were more quaint, offering a homespun twist on MTV's pioneering The Real World (which debuted in 1992). The show was broadcast on now-defunct channel TV4, and made a minor celebrity of outspoken flattie Vanessa.
Flatmates observes six Kiwi 20-somethings as they share a house for three months: four students (one of them a Miss Howick beauty contestant), a confident young gay financial consultant and a cameraman (also one of the show's directors). In this first episode the flatties move in, go shopping, have a party, then call the police after some partygoers get out of control. Flatmates was one of a number of 90s reality shows observing 'homelife' as created for the cameras. It was broadcast on the now-defunct TV4; The straight-talking Vanessa became a minor local celebrity.