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50 Years of New Zealand Television: 1 - From One Channel to One Hundred

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2010

The opening episode of the Prime TV series celebrating 50 years of New Zealand television travels from an opening night puppet show 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). Many of the major players are interviewed. 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.

People love New Zealand and they love the stories. They have a real joy and celebration of it. I’m convinced about that.
– Marcus Lush

Key Cast & Crew

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John Leigh


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Ian Johnstone


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John Bates

Director, Producer

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Georgina Bakker

Production Manager

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Sinclair Lonsdale

Art Director

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Dan Apiata

Assistant Camera

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Produced by

Cream Media


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Greenstone TV