Written by Tom Scott, Press for Service is a humorous take on the shenanigans of the parliamentary press as they battle with the prime minister over their journalistic freedom. With the idealism, sleaze and alcoholism, that traditionally go hand and hand with the job, we follow David Miller; striving to be a respected journalist. Miller writes a damning piece but forgets to check his sources. Opening and closing with John Toon's elegant aerial shots of Wellington and a buoyant score, the episode features prominent Wellington thespians Ray Henwood and Ross Jolly.
Angela Bloomfield made a splash on Shortland Street when she first joined the show as messed up teenager Rachel McKenna. Over her long stint on the series, her character has battled bulimia, survived a lightning strike and recovered from alcoholism. Once voted NZ’s sexiest TV star, she has acted in the films Bonjour Timothy and Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners, and appeared in the TV shows Ride with the Devil, and Dancing with the Stars. As well as acting, Bloomfield has directed episodes of Shortland Street, Jackson’s Wharf and Go Girls.
At one point Mike King was so famous, he appeared on three TV channels on the same night.
The career of pioneering documentarian Bill Saunders began in the early days of New Zealand television. He went on to champion a fly on the wall documentary style and win Feltex Awards for acclaimed films on Moriori, and the elderly. Saunders was the final remaining member of TVNZ’s documentary unit when it was disbanded in 1988, and an outspoken advocate of public service broadcasting until his death in 1995.
Angela Bloomfield arrived on the Shortland Street set in 1992, and first appeared on-screen in early 1993. Over the next 24 years her character survived alcoholism, bulimia, lightning strikes and three departures from the show — plus an epic on-off relationship with Chris Warner. Beyond the clinic gates, Bloomfield has acted in 1993 teen movie Bonjour Timothy and was a feisty solo mother on TV’s Ride with the Devil. She has also directed extensively for Shortland Street and Go Girls. Her performance in her own short film Linda's List, a dark comedy about a bully, earned a 2017 Moa Award for Best Actress in a Short Film.