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The Family - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2003

Never mind Keeping Up with the Kardashians; in 2003 New Zealand reality TV had The Rippins. Denise (aka Peach) is the second wife for property developer Pat 'Spider' Rippin. This first episode follows the pair on a holiday to Port Douglas, Australia, accompanied by three of Denise’s four adult children. The fly-on-the-Sheraton-hotel-suite-wall camera captures the champagne, smoking, tanning, breast implants and false teeth over the passage of a New Year's Eve party. NZ Herald reviewer Fiona Rae described the show as "classic car-crash television".

Patrick's a very kind, giving, caring man...but he's a shit too.
– Denise on her husband

Key Cast & Crew

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Roger Yeaxlee


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Julie Roberts


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Stephanie Hutchinson


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Tash Christie

Production Manager

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Simon Ellis

Camera, Sound Recordist

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Jude Callen

Executive Producer

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