In an age before Rogernomics, well before The Office, there was the afternoon tea fund, Golden Kiwi, and four o'clock closing: welcome to the early 80s world of the New Zealand Public Service. Gliding On (1981 - 1985) was the first locally-made sitcom to become a bona-fide classic. Inspired by Roger Hall's hit play Glide Time, the award-winning series satirised a paper-pushing working life familiar to many Kiwis. This episode features Beryl's non-smoking campaign, Jim's efforts to kick the habit, office sexual innuendo and a much-debated fire drill. "Morning Jim!"
In March 2015 teenager Pixie Hannah (Thomasin McKenzie) arrived on Shortland Street, and after initial clashes with Harry Warner, began dating him. Reid Walker, who plays Harry, talks about the "bittersweet" storyline involving Pixie and her death, calling it the favourite story he’s been part of. Pixie was diagnosed with cancer; her immune system weakened after chemotherapy, she contracted pneumonia after rescuing Harry from a river. Reuben Milner, who plays Pixie’s brother Jack, also discusses the Pixie storyline. The second clip shows him joining the haka at her funeral.
The screen career of Will Wallace began at high school, when he almost crushed his director's chest while auditioning for a scene where his character did CPR. By 2006 the Unitec acting grad was playing a tough guy cop on border security drama Orange Roughies — which saw him nominated for an NZ Screen Award — and had sailed for Skull Island on King Kong. But his career really heated up around 2013: after playing a detective on TV drama Harry, he joined the cast of Step Dave as a put upon husband, before acting in TV film Field Punishment No. 1 and rejoining Shortland Street, as the manipulative Glenn Rickman.