This major documentary series chronicles the first half century of New Zealand television. Made for the Prime network (after being declined by TVNZ), it examines the medium’s evolution across seven episodes — from one channel to today’s multitude. After an opening 90 minute overview, individual programmes covered the stories of news (across five major stories), sport, drama and comedy, documentaries, New Zealand identity and Maori television — with an impressive array of interviews and 50 years worth of telly highlights (and the occasional misfire).
This is the opening episode of the Prime TV series celebrating 50 years of New Zealand television: from an opening night puppet show in Auckland in 1960, through to Outrageous Fortune five decades later. It traverses the medium's development and its major turning points (including the rise of programme-making and news, networking, colour and the arrival of TV3, Prime, NZ on Air, Sky and Māori Television) and interviews many of the major players. The changing nature of the NZ living room — always with the telly in pride of place as modern hearth — is a story within the story.