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Clips (4)

  1. The first of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  2. The second of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  3. The third of three parts of the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

  4. Credits from the first episode of Shortland Street (for viewers within New Zealand).

Synopsis

This iconic serial drama is based around the births, deaths and marriages of the staff and patients of Shortland Street Hospital. A South Pacific Pictures production, it screens five nights a week on TV2. The show has screened internationally, and is by far New Zealand's longest running TV drama (though not the first ‘soap’ — that honour goes to Close to Home, which played twice a week from 1975 - 1983). Characters and lines from Shortland Street have entered the culture, most famously “you’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata!”, which features in this first episode.

Background

A Perspective by Mihi Murray 13.10.2009

Shortland Street is a New Zealand television frontrunner: the first five-day-a-week drama, the first fast turn-around NZ serial drama geared to a commercial market; it was also the first NZ soap to be exported. It has become iconic NZ ...

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Credits (30)

 Brian Lennane
 Caterina De Nave
 Jason Daniel

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Comments (3)

 Mikayla

Mikayla

Yor not in guatemala now Dr.Ropata haha lol <3 this

 $ento

$ento

Suzy Aiken, you sex symbol!

 nz skuxx

nz skuxx

this is lame, because now its all HD haha
but chea! too much :)

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