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The Evening Paper

Television (Full Length) – 1965

Early teleplay The Evening Paper had the same rigid (theatre or radio-derived) format as other early TV dramas of the 60s, but it did something never before seen on local screens. Written by playwright Bruce Mason, the drama dared to expose a stifling NZ suburban existence. Jaded visiting Pom, Phillip; snivelling Winsome and her domineering mother Elfrida, and passive father Ernest, proved too much for viewers, who decried the drama as inaccurate and "unfair"; in other words, The Evening Paper gave Kiwis their first on-screen dose of cultural cringe. 

It was a routine Ernest and it filled up my life, and after-all, what else is there but a routine you enjoy?
– Edwina Branson (Eileen Teward)

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Vere-Jones

As: Phillip Dalton

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Owen Leeming

Director, Producer

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Bruce Mason

Writer, Original Author

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Eileen Teward

As: Elfrida Branson

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Josephine Knight

As: Winsome Branson

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Jack Mense

As: Ernest Branson

See all 10 credits

Produced by

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NZ Broadcasting Corporation


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