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The Men on the Hill

Television, 1965

Before he was a British MP, Austin Mitchell spent time downunder, where he was a university lecturer and author of 1972 classic The Half Gallon Quarter Acre Pavlova Paradise. In the 1960s he was an NZBC broadcaster, fronting current affairs show Compass, and this interview series, which analysed Kiwi politicians "in a manner that New Zealand audiences had never seen before" (as writer Robert Boyd-Bell put it). The six subjects include PM Keith Holyoake. The show was produced by future Hutt mayor John Terris.