As co-host of cult sports show The Crowd Goes Wild, Mark Richardson gained a reputation for his wry and candid commentary. Richardson was no armchair commentator; he retired from the Black Caps cricket team in 2004, after time as opening batsman. He joined Andrew Mulligan on The Crowd Goes Wild after commentating test matches for Sky Sport and radio. In 2012 Richardson began hosting TV3's hit DIY show The Block, with viewers twice voting him best presenter in the TV Guide Best on the Box Awards. By 2017 he was also winning attention on Three’s The AM Show, alongside Duncan Garner and Amanda Gillies.
Don't, don't, don't, please don't do this Mark ... The Crowd Goes Wild co-host Andrew Mulligan tries to contain a rogue Mark Richardson response, March 2016
Combining sketches, pranks and parodies, Jono and Ben at Ten quickly gained popularity after it hit the airwaves in 2012. Critics praised the Jono Pryor (The Jono Project) and Ben Boyce (Pulp Sport) hosted series as one of the top shows that year. In this first episode, Pryor and Boyce hold their own Olympic Games, prank clothing store customers and get child versions of themselves to ask celebrities the hard questions. Meanwhile, comedian Guy Williams sings goodbye to rugby player Sonny Bill Williams at a press conference. The TV3 series was renamed Jono and Ben in 2015.
This major documentary series chronicles the first half century of Kiwi television. Made for the Prime network (after being declined by TVNZ), it examines the medium’s evolution across seven episodes. After an opening 70 minute overview, individual programmes covered the stories of sport, entertainment, drama and comedy, protest coverage, New Zealand identity and Māori television — with an impressive array of interviews, and 50 years worth of telly highlights. John Bates was nominated for Best Documentary Director at the 2011 Aotearoa Film and TV Awards.
This fourth episode in Prime’s series on Kiwi television history series charts 50 years of sports on TV. Interviews with veteran broadcasters are mixed with clips of classic sporting moments. Changes in technology are surveyed: from live broadcasts and colour TV, to slo-mo replays and CGI graphics. Sports coverage is framed as a national campfire where Kiwis have been able to share in test match, Olympic, Commonwealth and World Cup triumphs and disasters — from emotional national anthems and inspirational Paralympians, to underarm deliveries, snapped masts and face-plants.