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Shortland Street - 2015 Christmas cliffhanger (hostage siege)

Television (Excerpts) – 2015

Clocks ticking McKenna.
– Hostage-taker Gareth Hutchings (Jarrod Martin) on the phone to Rachel McKenna (Angela Bloomfield)
Actually our marriage licence is in the car. Will you marry me, today?
– George (Arlo Gibson) proposes bringing his marriage to Dayna (Lucy Elliott) forward
I wasn't looking for love either. I'd stopped believing in it until I saw you for the first time.
– Dayna (Lucy Elliott) gets set to marry George (Arlo Gibson)
. . . the most chilling episode in the show's history, an eruption of bloodshed dominated by a hostage crisis and punctuated with a whodunnit . . . a tense, ripped-from-the-headlines horror which should return those lost viewers to the unjustly maligned and now revitalised soap juggernaut.
– Reviewer Duncan Grieve in The NZ Herald, 15 December 2015
Gareth Hutchings. Ageing white man. Misunderstood loner. Disenfranchised father. Gun nut. He was armed and angry, eventually finding Drew, the man he blamed for his estrangement from his daughter.
– Writer Duncan Grieve describes Gareth Hutchings (played by Jarrod Martin), The NZ Herald, 15 December 2015
[Sol3 Mio created] perhaps the finest piece of product placement in our television history . . . The final minutes saw the trio put the opera into our soap, just as the cafe siege reached its climax.
– Herald writer Duncan Grieve on Sol3 Mio's performance, late in this episode, 15 December 2015