Martin Crowe is one of New Zealand's greatest batsmen, scoring more than 10,000 runs in international cricket. Crowe scored 17 test centuries for the Black Caps — a record for Kiwi cricket at the time. But at the peak of his stellar career, he struggled with anxiety and life outside of cricket. In this episode of The Nutters Club, the TV arm of a radio show, Crowe has an intimate chat with hosts Mike King and Dr Dave Codyre, speaking about poor self-image, fear of failure, his cancer diagnosis and his realisation that "love transcends all". Crowe died in 2016, aged 53.
This 2001 Mercury Lane episode is based around pieces on author Maurice Shadbolt, and OMC producer Alan Jansson. With Shadbolt ailing from Alzheimer’s, Michelle Bracey surveys his life as an “unauthorised author” (Shadbolt would die in 2004). Next Colin Hogg reveals Jansson as the “invisible pop star” behind OMC hit ‘How Bizarre’ and more. The show is bookended by readings from Kiwi poets: Hone Tuwhare riffs on Miles Davis, Fleur Adcock reads the saucy Bed and Breakfast, and Alistair Te Ariki Campbell mourns a brother who fought for the Māori Battalion.
This acclaimed drama from 1975 adapts a Katherine Mansfield story about three travellers who encounter a strange woman and child, at a remote country store. Co-directed by Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune, it won Feltex Awards for Best Script (Mune and Peter Hansard) and Actress (Ilona Rodgers). Mune and Donaldson used the drama's success and innovative financing model as a 'proof of concept', to secure funding for their 1976 series Winners & Losers. The Woman at the Store debuted on Kiwi TV screens in March 1975; it was sold as part of the Winners series overseas.