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  • View on NZ On Screen C'mon - Series One, Final Episode

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Music ; Television

    "This is the final episode in the first series of New Zealand's classic 60s pop show. Host Peter Sinclair seems to have no idea that the show will return for another two years. Meanwhile Mr Lee Grant, Sandy Edmonds, Herma Keil, Bobby Davis, Tommy Adderley, a rocking Ray Woolf and the Chicks run through the big hits of 1967, managing to compress 21 songs into a frenetic half hour. Sinclair promises "big sounds, fun sounds, wild sounds" as the show ranges from blues-rock through ballads and 'Edelweiss', to a nod to the children watching with 'Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead'." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • Sunday - Peter Posa

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: News/Current Affairs ; Television

    "An echoey guitar instrumental called ‘White Rabbit’ made Peter Posa a huge star in 60s New Zealand. This 2003 Sunday report offers a ‘whatever happened to?’ style report on Posa’s life and career. Presenter Cameron Bennett catches up with the once prolific Posa in Kamo, Whangarei, where he learns of guitarist’s struggles with depression and alcoholism, the devotion of his wife Margaret and their salvation through faith — and his journey to performing again. Nine years later, a 'best of’ release of Posa’s music would top the NZ album charts." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • When the Haka Became Boogie - The Showbands (Episode Two)

    Source: NZ On Screen

    Resource type: Documentary ; Music ; Television

    "Directed by Tainui Stephens, this 1990 TVNZ series surveyed Māori contemporary music. This second episode looks at the showband era (1950s - 70s), when musicians mixed genres (electric guitar, rock’n’roll) with Māori culture, to make a unique contribution to Kiwi show business. Acts like The Howard Morrison Quartet, The Māori Volcanics, The Quin Tikis and The Māori Hi-Fives took songs from marae to international cabarets. Music historian Chris Bourke praised the series for marking the role of showbands in the whakapapa of entertainers from Billy T James to Rim D Paul." (NZ On Screen summary)

  • View on NZ On Screen Tom Parkinson: Producing the legends, from Hudson and Halls to Billy T…

    Source: NZ On Screen

    "Tom Parkinson is a veteran television producer and director who has worked on iconic Kiwi TV shows such as Hunter’s Gold, Hudson and Halls and Telethon. Parkinson was a key force behind many of our hit comedies in the 70s and 80s, including Billy T James’ shows, A Week of It, Issues, and Letter to Blanchy. Parkinson is also a former Head of Entertainment Programmes at TVNZ, and helped launch TV3. In this ScreenTalk, Parkinson talks about: The challenges of filming early TV drama Hunter’s Gold The reason he believes the drama series Gather Your Dreams was less of a success How Brit comedian Tommy Cooper influenced popular cooking show Hudson and Halls The mammoth production that was Telethon Creating a ‘style’ for Billy T James’ sketch comedy shows The success of long-running music show That’s Country His strategy on becoming the Head of Entertainment at TVNZ The secret behind The New Adventures of Black Beauty The challenges of getting Letter to Blanchy up and running Battles between TVNZ and TV3 in the early days of TV3" (NZ On Screen summary)


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