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Gliding On - No Smoke Without Fire (First Episode) Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Comedy

Gliding On - No Smoke Without Fire (First Episode)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981 Comedy

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Gliding On prepared me for my civil servant job.

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rose p 3 Apr 2015 - 02.57pm

@ Blair, the theme song is "Good Old Desk", written and performed by Harry Nilsson

Kim - NZ On Screen

11 Apr 2012 - 02.53pm

Who did the theme song?


Blair 13 Feb 2012 - 12.22am

The comparison to The Office (also made in the Billy T bio) seems a bit rich. Gliding On is not the forerunner of The Office, it is the type of show Gervais targets in his When The Whistle Blows show-within-a-show in Extras.


Tony 7 Jul 2011 - 09.41am

Yes It would be great to get the complete Gliding On on DVD. Fingers crossed someone will see the sence in doing this.


Helen 4 Dec 2010 - 05.46pm

Good news for those looking for Gliding On on dvd ! !
Sony NZ have released a series called Kiwi Gold, a selection of Kiwi TV shows from the 70s, 80s & 90s on dvd. Available at most retailers. (official release date was Nov 10th)
Vol 2 of Kiwi Gold, has 2 episodes of Gliding on, including, the above episode, No smoke without fire.
Shame that TVNZ can't get their act together and release a complete dvd release.
This Sony dvd release, with 2 episodes, will just have to do for the meantime !!

John Hauenstein

John Hauenstein 28 Nov 2010 - 07.34pm

It's a crime that this isn't available on DVD, or at least replayed once. It's NZ's greatest ever 'sitcom', with great writing and superb acting. For it to languish in the TVNZ archives for decades isn't right. I'd pay $40 for it on DVD, and I'm sure many others would too.

Richard Goulstone

Richard Goulstone 13 Nov 2010 - 09.59pm

Hi Brenda,

I would love to see more and definitely buy a DVD!! What exactly are the rights issues? Is there a major obstacle to releasing a DVD? Cheers.

Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer 27 May 2010 - 11.56am

Hey Max, I appreciate the sentiment, but I doubt that enabling bitTorrent is the incentive TVNZ is looking for in re-screening this content!

The issue for this series is to do with rights, a hangover from the way contracts were set up at the time. We hope to have more, but no promises at this stage.

13 May 2010 - 09.29am

If TVNZ ran this again, it could be ripped digitally so that those familiar with the BitTorrent protocol could see this series again.

This kind of material would also be nice on and as both support 'content' accounts.

Max Power

Max Power 12 May 2010 - 11.01pm

So cool! I hope TVNZ releases all the episodes on DVD one day!


Anton 11 Feb 2010 - 01.44am

Brings back Memories, I remember watching this as a teenager.

Andre Marshall

Andre Marshall 2 Dec 2009 - 09.14pm

I would love to, if I could -- get broadcast rights for the show for Canada.

So much NZ TV programming has not been seen in Canada, it would be very new.

Max Power

Max Power 4 Nov 2009 - 08.29pm

I am totally shocked this never ran on the US PBS net nor Canada's CBC net. From my understanding of overall Commonwealth TV history, this show should be run in parallel with "Yes, Minister" ...

Max Power

Max Power 4 Nov 2009 - 08.28pm

No computers! OK not the best example of what people did at their desks in the paper days, but quite striking to see an office without them.

Joy Holdsworth

Joy Holdsworth 10 Oct 2009 - 08.47pm

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