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  1. The first of four excerpts from this series.

  2. The second of four excerpts from this series.

  3. The third of four excerpts from this series.

  4. The fourth of four excerpts from this series.

  5. The credits from this episode.


In these excerpts from his last TV series — a family based sitcom — Billy T has to deal with his radical older daughter who wants to get a moko, a teenage boy trying to smuggle beer into his younger daughter’s birthday party, a defamation writ, and another tribe becoming his landlord. There are varying degrees of help from his wife (Ilona Rodgers), his aggressively dim Australian brother-in-law (Mark Hadlow) and his daughter’s painfully politically correct pakeha boyfriend (Mark Wright), as well as cameos from Temuera Morrison, Martin Henderson and Blair Strang.

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 Aileen O'Sullivan
 Malcolm Hall
 Bill Harman

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 Patrick TePou

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This was an iconic sitcom with the late, great Billy T James - one of New Zealand's renowned entertainers. It was aired on TV3 in 1990 and rebroadcast by Maori Television in 2004/05 and, now, Comedy Central (SKY 015).

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 Isambard Productions


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