In 1976 Fred Dagg and his creator John Clarke became world famous in New Zealand and took away Entertainer of the Year. The previous year Clarke featured in this TV pilot, for a series which never happened. It mixes Dagg and other skits. Clarke's wit shines throughout — especially in an interview with David Sorenson, "the fastest poet in New Zealand" (Clarke) by Ross Jolly (Gliding On), which showcases Clarke's love of poetry and sports jargon. Jolly also plays a rabid interviewer inspired by star journalist Brian Edwards. Prime Minister Bill Rowling is a special guest in the final sketch, chatting to Dagg during a roadside assist.
...sit down, I'll make you a cup of beer at half-time.– Fred Dagg (John Clarke) invites the audience in to watch the show
Television One (TV One)
Closing credits song 'God Defend New Zealand' composed by John Joseph Woods, and performed by Fred Dagg and the Trevors