Kiwi telly showed it could do sly as well as it could show the shearing of a sheep when, in a 1968 Wellington edition of regional news show Town and Around, reporter Erin Sinclair investigated an innovative farmer whose turkeys were shod in gumboots. The legendary hoax apparently fooled two executives from Skellerup who flew to Whanganui to secure a contract to manufacture the boots' lining. The wool-pulling is often wrongly remembered as a Country Calendar spoof — but that show’s first hoodwinker (a fence-plucking musical farmer) was nearly a decade away.
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Television, 1992 (Full Length)
Town and Around and the gumboots spoof are discussed in this doco
Television, 1968 (Full Length)
More highlights from Town and Around 1968
Television, 1999 (Full Length)
More famous NZ TV spoofs
Television, 1995 (Excerpts)
Another hood-winking telly moment
Television, 1978 (Full Length Episode)
More edgy rural attire
Television, 2007 (Full Length Episode)
A spoof involving jandals
Television, 1983 (Excerpts)
1980s Wellington regional news show