Kiwi TV Classics - The Solid Gold Hits

Please excuse the lazy blogging but this newlestter from the fine folks at NZOnScreen has to be shared amongst all Kiwi's :-)

(note: all links will open in a new window and I suspect bugger up their email tracking as it's using the URLs from the original email - sorry Brenda)

June 1st 2010 represents half a century of seeing ourselves reflected on the telly. To celebrate, NZ On Screen presents a collection of the solid gold hits, from The Governor to Gliding On to Gloss, from Country Calendar to Close to Home, from Shortland St to Selwyn ToogoodBilly T and Thingee.< Included in the collection era-defining dramas (PukemanuThe GovernorClose to HomeGlossShortland Street), cultural cringe-defying comedy (Billy TA Week of ItHudson and HallsCountry Calendar’s spoofs and Town and Around’s turkeys in gumboots), iconic newsreaders through the years, current affairs classics (Dennis Conner’s walkout, Post Office strike breakthroughs, Muldoon meltdowns), landmark documentaries (Tangata Whenua, and the Landmarks series itself), national-bonding events (Top TownTelethon), the shows that generations of Kiwi kids grew up with (After School , Spot OnUnder the MountainPlay SchoolWhat Now?Nice OneCount Homogenized ), magic moments (Thingee’s eye-popping), and much more.

In a background piece, pop culture writer Barney McDonald gets square eyes surveying the best of NZ On Screen. The Sunday Star-Times' film reviewer and Pavement founder looks at the shows as notches on both a personal and national growth chart.

“... the box was the glue that bound us together as a modest nation, epitomised by televised All Black games, It’s in the Bag and Telethon. Now, perhaps, it’s the internet, talkback radio, and morning TV weather presenters visiting more corners of the country than Selwyn Toogood ever could ...”

And screen historian Roger Horrocks provides a history of TV: a precis of the screen-scape from black and white beginnings, and pubic service vs commercial debates, to the challenge of the internet.

From “you’re not in Guatemala now Dr Ropata” to “Keep Cool ‘til After School”, from “Jeez Wayne” to “Nice one Stu-y!”

Re-live the best of the box ... online.

Fully funded by NZ On Air, NZ On Screen was established in 2008 to showcase New Zealand television, film, and music video. The Kiwi TV Classics collection, and over 1000 other titles, can all be seen free of charge on


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