David Harry Baldock’s long TV career includes submarines, sea rescues, ailing prime ministers and psychics. The onetime editor began making his mark as a director and producer on current affairs and a run of documentaries. In 1988 he left state television to launch production company Ninox, whose prolific output would grow to include Sensing Murder, Mitre 10 Dream Home, award-winner Pacific Rescue and ambitious documentary series Our People Our Century.
In this ScreenTalk, Baldock talks about:
- A car accident while at high school that helped shape his attitude to life
- How after moving from hometown Dunedin to Wellington he was given three months to sink or swim, directing current affairs
- His Anglican-inflected take on the feisty Tonight interview where Simon Walker dared to challenge PM Robert Muldoon about Russian subs
- August '74 - The Death of a Prime Minister, his documentary on PM Norman Kirk’s final week - and how it confirmed his sense of how to get great interviews
- Deciding to take the bull by the horns and leave his TVNZ job, before learning if he was going to be made redundant
- Setting up production company Ninox in 1988
- Managing to win major sponsorship to complete award-winning series At the Risk of Our Lives, only to have the offer turned down
- How hit show Mitre 10 Dream Home proved a win win, and a life-changer
- His fear of making the history series Our People Our Century, and how the programme almost brought Ninox to its knees
- The “fantastic brain” of producer Ray Waru
- Sensing Murder: a passionate defence of the show’s integrity, and insights into the stresses of making it
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Interview and editing – Ian Pryor. Camera – Jess Charlton.