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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 5 - Telling Stories

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2010

From early teleplay The Evening Paper to the edgy Outrageous Fortune, this episode of 50 Years of New Zealand Television talks drama and comedy. Key players, from actors to executives, recall a host of signposts in the development of storytelling on Kiwi TV screens. John Clarke recalls 1970s sitcom Buck's House; Paul Maunder remembers the drama that likely helped introduce the DPB; and TV executive John McRae recalls worries about the projected cost of global hit Hunter's Gold, and mentioning the word 'placenta' on the first episode of Shortland Street.  

They're actually based firmly on four actual people who we just happened to have: a brainy one, a smooth good-looking ladies' one, a cheeky feisty one, and a little bit gay one...
– bro'Town creator bro'Town creator Elizabeth Mitchell, while sitting next to Oscar Kightley, one of the show's inspirations

Produced by

Cream Media


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Greenstone TV


NZ On Screen acknowledges the talent and creatives involved in the selected titles featured in this programme

Made with funding from NZ On Air