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Ross Jolly

Actor

Alongside a busy theatre career as actor and director, Ross Jolly has screen credits spanning five decades. One screen role stands out: likeable joker John, in hit office comedy Gliding On. Jolly first played John when Roger Hall's play Glide Time debuted in Wellington in 1976. Five seasons of the sitcom followed, plus 1998 sequel TV Market Forces. His other TV roles include early race relations drama Against the Lights, John Clarke comedy The Wonderful World of... and fantasies Cuckoo Land and Worzel Gummidge Down Under. He was also one of the writers behind A Lawful Excuse, an episode of pioneering 1970s drama Winners & Losers.  

Behind the scenes panic, clothes flying in all directions. On the set supposed professional calm ... two versions so any enormous gaffe can be edited out. Another nerve-wracking 30 minutes, laughs in different places, different things going awry... Ross Jolly on making an early episode of Gliding On, The Listener, 29 August 1981

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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

2010, Subject - Television

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Until Proven Innocent

2009, As: Sunday Star-Times Editor - Television

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Who Laughs Last

2006, Subject - Television

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Tiger Country

1998, As: Ken Howard - Television

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Letter to Blanchy

1995 - 1997, As: Ron - Television

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Fallout

1994, As: Brian MacDonell - Television

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Lynn of Tawa - In Search of the Great New Zealand Male

1994, Subject - Television

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Sunday (magazine show)

1991 - 1994, Director - Television

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Meet the Feebles

1990, As: Various voices - Film

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Public Eye

1988 - 1989, As: Various roles - Television

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Cuckoo Land

1985, As: Dr What's It - Television

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Gliding On - Mastermind (Series Four, Episode Five)

1984, As: John - Television

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Battletruck

1982, As: Shotgun - Film

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Loose Enz - Press for Service

1982, As: Coe - Television

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Lynn of Tawa Show - First Episode

1982, As: Reverend Trouser - Television

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Gliding On

1981 - 1985, As: John - Television

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Gliding On - No Smoke Without Fire (First Episode)

1981, As: John - Television

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Lynn of Tawa - Special

1980, Writer, As: Reverend Brian Trouser, Taxi Driver, Policeman - Television

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The Les Deverett Variety Hour - Episode

1978, Writer, As: Traffic cop, Taxi driver, Various roles - Television

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Against the Lights

1978, As: The taxi driver (the complainant) - Television

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The Les Deverett Variety Hour

1978, As: Various roles, Writer - Television

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Hunter's Gold

1976, As: The Hatter - Television

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Winners & Losers: A Lawful Excuse

1976, Writer - Television

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The Wonderful World of...

1975, Writer, As: Kel Isthennix, Brian Edwards, various roles - Television

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Phone

1974, As: Bryan Foote - Short Film

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Hunt's Duffer

1973, As: Findlay - Television