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Frost Over New Zealand - The Fat Society

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1973

Years before it became a national health crisis, star UK broadcaster David Frost hosted this audience discussion on NZ’s “battle of the bulge”. And far from his later interrogation of Nixon, Frost’s form here is loose and relaxed. Analysis makes way for his wry examinations of such du jour weight-loss products as portable saunas, laxative pills, “Easy-Slim” underwear, and the Slendermatic: a muscle vibration unit modelled by a bikini-clad lass reclining on a sheepskin rug. This was one of six Frost Over New Zealand specials filmed over a whirlwind four-day shoot.

There are more exciting things to do in life than be a perpetual bore talking about your nuts and your vibrators.
– A local priest laments the weight-obsession craze

Key Cast & Crew

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Kevan Moore

Director

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Alan Sylvester

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Chris Rood

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David Frost

Presenter

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Eric Price

Executive Producer

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David Smart

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Produced by

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation