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Gliding On - No Smoke Without Fire (First Episode)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1981

In an age before Rogernomics, well before The Office, there was the afternoon tea fund, Golden Kiwi, and four o'clock closing: welcome to the early 80s world of the New Zealand Public Service. Gliding On (1981 - 1985) was the first locally-made sitcom to become a bona-fide classic. Inspired by Roger Hall's hit play Glide Time, the award-winning series satirised a paper-pushing working life familiar to many Kiwis. This episode features Beryl's non-smoking campaign, Jim's efforts to kick the habit, office sexual innuendo and a much-debated fire drill. "Morning Jim!"

Don’t forget the surprise fire drill this afternoon; tomorrow we’ll do first-degree burns and tidal waves.
– The boss (Ken Blackburn)

Acknowledgements

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Music

Title Song: Good Old Desk - Written and performed by Harry Nilsson

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