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Close to Home - First Episode Television (Full Length Episode) – 1975 Drama Soap Opera

Close to Home - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1975 Drama Soap Opera

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The refrain at the beginning of the song reminds me of Caroline Says by Lou Reed which is an unsettling connection as it's a song about domestic abuse.

Claire McCormick

Claire McCormick 8 Mar 2018 - 10.34am

You've got a good memory Michael!
Katie Brockie who played Caro Hearte told us that she sang "Close to the Bone" - it reached number 17 in the top 20 NZ charts in 1980.
These details are from the National Library catalogue:
Close to the bone / written by Simon O'Connor & Simon Morris ; [performed by] Close To Home ; vocal, Kate Brockie [i.e. Katie Brockie]. Attila the Hun / written by Simon Morris ; [performed by] Close To Home ; vocal, Simon Morris.
Close To Home (Musical group); Simon O'Connor musician; Simon Morris (Musician); Katie Brockie
N.Z. : EMI, p1980

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Janine Faulknor

Janine Faulknor (NZ On Screen team) 21 Nov 2017 - 12.49pm

I was 10 when Close to Home started, I didn't understand most of what was going on .... Spot On was much more my speed. But I did love "the song."

It's been bugging me for years. I got my copy from Guy and Dunsmore Sound Scene in Gisborne. I played it to death.

One of the characters on the show (rebellious daughter) wrote a song about her family and all the neighbours and it became a hit single and embarrassed all concerned. I can't remember its title or who sang it .... but it included Dot Paget in the lyrics.

I still have my Television Gold LP with the Close to Home theme tune and others
In Gizzy, when the wind was right and there weren't any clouds we could also pick up South Pacific Television (TV2).

Any help with the song info would be much appreciated.

Michael Williamson

Michael Williamson 18 Nov 2017 - 06.09am

I remember this fondly as my Father worked at Avalon studios during the making of it and as kids we used to draw on the back of old scripts in the weekends. We got to visit the sets a few times as well.

My memory is a bit foggy but was there a baddie called Travis and did he have an eye patch?


Jason 12 May 2017 - 06.20pm

I played Caro Hearte in "Close to Home". I was only 17, and it was an amazing bunch of people to work with. I'm still working in TV, making a children's channel called 'Zoomoo at NHNZ.

Katie Brockie

Katie Brockie 21 Aug 2015 - 03.17pm

I loved this show. The acting is very believable and far superior to that on Shortland Street. Great memories - love the 70s fashion!

Creag MacThòmais

Creag MacThòmais 25 Jun 2015 - 09.15am

Close To Home - there were 818 episodes -19 deaths-12 marriages-8 births - A Few people whom appeared in the series passed away years ago. Close to home began 12-may-1975 and ended 30-august-1983.
Originally it was not supposed to be set in a real city of wellington it was suppose to be set in a north island town. It started off good but became a bit confused and out of character. There were about 4 opening titles and did you know that One tree hill was seen in the opening and also Christchurch cathedral. - it is all different now - some of the people whom acted in the programme actually appeared on Shortland Street.

ross leonard sayer

ross leonard sayer 10 Feb 2015 - 12.52pm

Hawke's Bay born singer and actress and Close to Home solo mum Trisha Jacobsen will be guest speaker at AV Room ideaschool, 501 Gloucester Street, TARADALE this Friday 13 June come and share lunch and get inspired all welcome

Claire McCormick

Claire McCormick 11 Jun 2014 - 02.13pm

This is incredible. I played baby Alice (as did my twin sister). Would love to see an episode with us in it.

Fiona Cleghorn

Fiona Cleghorn 12 Apr 2014 - 09.40pm

So many memories! What ever happened to Pete Wallace/ Robin Dene. Where is he now/

Kay McKellar

Kay McKellar 29 Mar 2014 - 10.28pm

I have a feeling most of it has been wiped, like 99% of all NZBC stuff. I have only seen 2 episodes on here. I hope I'm wrong. If they had all the episodes they probably would have put them into DVD box sets by now.

Paul Lea

Paul Lea 5 Mar 2014 - 12.14am

I appeared in a number of episodes in the early 80's. Does anyone know if they are available or viewable somewhere?

Gary Hollier

Gary Hollier 25 Dec 2013 - 09.16pm

Ian Gilmour who played alan heard in Close to Home went to Australia and appeared on Prisoner and portrayed Kevin Burns who wed Doreen May Anderson Dumb Doreen.

ross leonard sayer

ross leonard sayer 15 Dec 2013 - 05.06pm

Is there access to sheet music of Jack Body's theme tune to "Close to home"?

Geoffrey Hinds

Geoffrey Hinds 13 Sep 2013 - 04.09pm

Sorry for the late reply to your comment Phil. Just looked at the cast lists for 'Close to Home' and Gayle was played by an actress named Maree McKeefrey.

With regard to Tony Currie and Robin Dene, both actors have died. I know Tony also appeared in 'Moynihan' and 'The Longest Winter - Early Days', I don't know much about Robin's career sorry.

Kim Baker

Kim Baker (NZ On Screen team) 3 Sep 2013 - 02.27pm

Who played Gayle? And what happened to Tony Currie and Robin Dene?


Phil 18 Jun 2013 - 07.18pm

Great times... I truly enjoyed my time on Close to Home, both as a director and eventually as producer. Thank you TVNZ for helping me learn about story.

Mark DeFriest

Mark DeFriest 23 May 2013 - 02.40pm

This is really interesting to watch. Ian Gilmour (playing the guitarist) and Bill Stalker (as the moustached father) both later had big careers on Australian TV. Stalker was killed in a motorcycle accident in 1981.

John Rivers

John Rivers 21 Jul 2012 - 01.02pm

LOL - 3 of my siblings played the 3 children as seen in the first screen of the second clip. John tragically drowned not long after the series finished but Chris and Nicky are well and still living in the Wellington area. 2 memories from those days. The first being that I used to spend hours down at Avalon (which I hated) and the second being the cast and crew veg co-op that my parents also belonged to.

Anthony Gamboni

Anthony Gamboni 5 Feb 2012 - 07.17pm

wish they would release this to dvd I remember visisting the cast on set and getting all their autographs which I still have now. Had a fab day and loved looking around avalon studios.


kat 11 Oct 2011 - 08.08am

my drama teacher is the dude that played Gavin Houghton! so cool!


Elo 17 Aug 2011 - 07.12pm

So stoked to find this!! I grew up on this!!!!


Kathleen 13 Feb 2011 - 09.20pm

I read about close to home here in the uk, I was curious, and came here looking at something else, really enjoyed it

jay shaw

jay shaw 12 Sep 2010 - 02.32am

OMG memories! I used to flat with Jim Healy (Hal Mulholland) and he got me a few small parts in the show too. Those were the days!

Malcolm Curson

Malcolm Curson 26 Jul 2010 - 04.47pm

Didn't see ANYTHING about Close to Home on TVNZ's recent anniversary show.Shame on them.

P Wallace

P Wallace 5 Jun 2010 - 08.57am

Also: Gail, Madeline, Hal Mulholland and Faith

N Pacey

N Pacey 28 May 2010 - 07.24pm

So many memories: Pop Heart, Mrs F, Ken Padget. Fiesta Delarge who had the fruit hat in the pub, Ken and Dot Padget. Where are they all now?Pete Wallace was in the Catholic seminary for a while. This show deserves reruns. So much better than Shortland Street!

N Pacey

N Pacey 28 May 2010 - 07.20pm

Great memories, hope NZonScreen release some later episodes, when the characters are more developed.

I wonder what the surviving actors are doing now?

Chris Griffiths

Chris Griffiths 12 Nov 2009 - 01.33pm

Did you notice that they were supposed to be having mashed potatoes for dinner, which is why Carol had to peel the potatoes. But when the Father came home, he was definitely NOT eating mashed potatoes. How about that!


Ginger 27 Oct 2009 - 11.09pm

You tell him Pop Hearte!

The clothes, the kitchens - love it!

Darren Schroeder

Darren Schroeder 27 Oct 2009 - 10.12pm

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