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Spot On - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1974

Rog
Rog
26 Jan 2015 - 05.04pm
Dig the Hi-Tech lighthouse light controller! :-)

The pacing is so much slower... back when kids had attention spans :-/
Rog
Rog
26 Jan 2015 - 04.46pm
Amazing how 'affected' the accents were - but then again, it matched the usual Received Pronunciation / Oxford of news readers etc of the time.
Or maybe scarfies all talked like that back then ;-)
Paul Ward
Paul Ward (NZ On Screen team)
3 Feb 2014 - 01.50pm
Cheers for your comments Ray - great context. If you let us know your co-presenters' names we'll add them to the credits.
Ray Millard
Ray Millard
3 Feb 2014 - 01.36pm
Ho - it's Ray here also going through a cringe at the accent and my nervous presentation. Oh dear those memories of dying "On Air" come flooding back!
But first Lara - I am very sorry for the way you were treated by our programme. It certainly was wrong for your embarrassment to be aired nationally on TV. TV were terrible for doing this and I do hope you will accept my apology on everybody's behalf.

We were compiling the programme "live" for the 1st 8x shows, but in reality it probably took us about 6 months to get over our acute self consciousness. For the first 18 months we were on air 2x a week, and with a production team of only 5 to begin with we were extraordinarily busy. I also became adept at hiding my gaffs by distracting tactics when we viewed the programme as a team when it was on air.

Yes Moana the issue of accents really bugged the whole film and TV industries at that time. Kiwis wouldn't go to the movies for a NZ film because of it. It probably was "Shortland St" who finally made the breakthrough God bless them. Our model for all broadcasting was very much the BBC at that time. Our programme's format came from a British show called "Blue Peter". The accent was acceptable on radio but TV was a different ballgame. For "Spot On" though the breakthrough with accents came in the mid 70's with Ian Taylor and then Danny Watson who were very much "themselves" and were, in part, very popular because of it. But my 'doo was popular there with John M & bro' at least. I used to think they hired me for that hairstyle, and the ear-ring which wasn't a big fashion thing in those days.

The guitarist's name is on the tip of my tongue Ritchie but it's commercial, not "in house". We had to get the theme music early so the animator - John Noakes could do all the drawings in time. We stewed over the name Spot On for ages because it was already a part of the vernacular so we were aware that it might date quite quickly. But in the end I think the programme endured for so long on it's own merits anyway.

"I want to marry a Lighthouse Keeper" goes way back to Music Hall day's (late18th-early/19th century) at least. Murray Hutchinson had a big collection of old tapes which he used to plunder for inspiration occasionally with such classic takes on "I'm Henry the 8th I Am" & "With His Head Tucked Underneath His Arm" (he walked the bloody tower) etc becoming repeated favourites on the show.

I'll show my youngest son these clips tonight as well and we'll all have a laugh about the good old days.
David Ritchie
13 Dec 2012 - 02.11pm
Choice! As you say, classic. "I Want To Marry A Lighthouse Keeper" was sung by Erika Eigen (and was on the "Clockwork Orange" soundtrack).
Damien Service
31 Oct 2011 - 01.10pm
Does anyone know whether the music was in-house or was it a commercial track?
Moana
Moana
20 Jan 2011 - 07.05pm
Wots with the accents?! hahaha!!! they sound like a cross between South African and Kiwi... I'm glad its PC to speak like a Kiwi on TV nowadays.
Linda
Linda
2 Nov 2010 - 09.42pm
This is great! Paul Donovan was my photography tutor last year. Small world.
Lara
Lara
22 Oct 2010 - 09.29pm
Gosh.... One of my favourite shows when I was a kid. But it all turned to a CRINGE moment. Spot On came to film at our school unexpectedly, we were told to think of the wackiest answer we could think of. Then in front of camera we were asked what we thought happened on July 10th 1967?
We all were born after that date so had no idea.... My answer was so stupid..... Then I was shown ON AIR! Couldn't show my parents I was so embarrased, luckily this was way before TV recording. Just after my horror moment had passed I called my parents in to come to see..... Oh they missed it..... Never mind.... Grumpy parents.
I'm Still cringing till this day!!
Richie Isaacs
19 Sep 2010 - 07.01pm
Best use of 'geometrics' in a sentence ever!
Richie Isaacs
Richie Isaacs
19 Sep 2010 - 06.48pm
I was six when this aired! I LOVE this (and this site!)
I can now share my childhood with my overseas friends.
(That guitar-work in the intro theme is sublime!)
JohnM
JohnM
17 Jul 2010 - 12.21am
Hahaha! This is gold! I've always remembered Spot On as a kid, I my brother and I always remember Ray and his magnificent doo. We must have been too young to appreciate the very cute Erin.
VY
VY
22 Mar 2010 - 09.02am
That was really interesting, and such a flashback!
Lighthouse keepers had such a lonesome existence, but that one was at least attached to the mainland.
Thanks for that. :)
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