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Colonial House - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2003

This Touchdown reality series puts a Kiwi family in the shoes of a family of 1852 English immigrants to Canterbury. The challenge for the Huttons is to see if they have the 'pioneer spirit' and can live with colonial clothing, housing and food for 10 weeks. From a gentler, non-competitive era of reality TV, this first episode sees the Owaka family of six (including baby Neil) experience six days of life on a settler ship – seasickness, food rations, restrictive clothing and bedding and chamber pots – while relaying their personal reflections to the camera.

I'm going to be missing more basic stuff [than hair gel] like food, and water and toilet paper.
– Emma Hutton

Key Cast & Crew

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Graham Ritchie


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Scott Cleaver


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Damien Comerford

Producer, Director

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Daniel Nikolaison

Digital Video Operator

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Justine Mckay


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Wiremu Te Kani

Online Editor

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Produced by

Touchdown Productions