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Olly Ohlson: Keeping cool till after school…

Interview – 2012

Olly Ohlson inspired a generation of kids on five a day a week show After School. He is credited with introducing both Te Reo and Sign language to children's television. His legendary catchphrase 'Keep cool till after school' is still remembered by fans. 

In this ScreenTalk, Ohlson talks about:

  • Having fun playing the guitar and singing songs on 1970s show Cgull
  • Enjoying performing on Woolly Hills and Woolly Manor
  • Becoming an older role model for kids on After School
  • Wanting the show to be a tool for education
  • The origin of the show’s famous catchphrase
  • Introducing sign language to television
  • Controversy over using Te Reo greetings
  • Enjoying returning to TV on puppet show Bumble
  • His belief that the ‘personableness’ of TV presenting has disappeared
This video was first uploaded on 3 October 2012, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.
Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside