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Spot On - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1974

This first episode of this much-loved kids series explores all things to do with lighthouses. It begins with a visit to Nugget Point; then things get eclectic. Earnest informational TV is interspersed with psychedelic graphics, cartoons, a sea shanty ("I want to marry a lighthouse keeper"), and funky lighthouse-themed songs. We meet Don (a lighthouse stamp collector); uncover the mysteries of how a ship fits into a bottle; and the three young presenters deconstruct their attempts at painting lighthouses, including a fine abstract effort from co-presenter Ray Millard. Classic.

I spent hours chopping up little bits of paper, glueing them on and getting the glue stuck to my finger and getting all the little bits on ... It was rather a nuisance!
– Co-presenter Douglas Blair, on creating his artwork

Key Cast & Crew

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Ray Millard

Presenter

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Erin Dunleavy

Presenter

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Murray Hutchinson

Producer, Creator

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Douglas Blair

Presenter

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Paul Donovan

Camera

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Matt Bennett

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation