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Network New Zealand Television – 1985 Documentary

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To mark its first 25 years, TVNZ commissioned independent producer Ian Mackersey to chronicle a day in its life as the national broadcaster. Coverage is split between the often extreme lengths (and heights) gone to by technicians maintaining coverage, and the work of programme makers — including the casts and crews of McPhail and Gadsby and Country GP. The real drama is in the news studio during the 6.30 bulletin (with light relief from the switchboard) in this intriguing glance back at a pre-digital, two channel TV age during the infancy of computers.  

Key Cast & Crew

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Ian Mackersey

Writer, Director, Producer

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Michael O'Connor

Camera

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Bill McColl

Camera

Few television networks in the world would provide this sort of maintenance dedication on behalf of a mere 75 viewers living in the back of beyond.
– Narration