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#311380 10-Jan-2024 21:08
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My wife and I were reminiscing about some of the classic NZ TV comedy series that we had seen decades ago, and in a fit of enthusiasm I tried some of the them so that we could try some nostalgia TV watching in the evenings. But other than a isolated episodes available on NZ on Screen, I failed to find them. Shows like:


  • Gliding On
  • McPhail & Gadsby
  • Letter to Blanchy 
  • Wonderful World of Fred Dagg
  • A Week of it

Does anyone know of any streaming services that carry some of these old shows? Failing that, are their any other ways to get them (DVDs able to be purchased etc)?


I'm surprised that they don't seem to be available - if they were too niche for a streaming service to pay to licence them then they could at least be put on Youtube by the rightsholders (or for the TVNZ ones produced, on the TVNZ app), with some ad revenue being collected against them. It seems a bit of a shame that part of our cultural heritage seems to be inaccessible.



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  #3180272 10-Jan-2024 21:17
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I imagine most of those need significant cleanup and upscaling for streaming use.


You will find anything you want at MightyApe (affiliate link).
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  #3180277 10-Jan-2024 22:06
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TBH , your best hope is probably the DVD selection at your local public library

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  #3180330 11-Jan-2024 07:49
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You’ll find some episodes of some of these programmes on NZ On Screen’s website, but it definitely doesn’t have complete series:


I imagine they could also tell you as to where (if at all) you may find full series, but I agree they’re likely to say library sourced or second-hand copies of DVDs are your most likely options. (That said, most public libraries are now pretty ruthless with their collections; unless they have a policy of retaining NZ content, I’m betting most will have got rid of older programmes like this.)


It could also be worth checking out the few remaining quality DVD rental places - I’m thinking:


… and I assume there may be an equivalent in Auckland?



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  #3180359 11-Jan-2024 09:12
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I've seen episodes of 'Letter to Blanchy' on You Tube, unsure about the others...

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  #3180825 12-Jan-2024 10:55
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I've seen episodes of 'Letter to Blanchy' on You Tube, unsure about the others...



Sorry it was 'Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby' I've seen on YouTube. Great show, would NEVER see the light of day in these times...

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  #3180831 12-Jan-2024 11:28
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Sorry it was 'Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby' I've seen on YouTube. Great show, would NEVER see the light of day in these times...



Watched the Gormsby scenes of the first episode (the rest of the show seemed pretty crap). Seems perfectly fine to me. Even that sort of carry on in the classroom would be entirely acceptable IMO.

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  #3183786 19-Jan-2024 08:23
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I stumbled across this the other day

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  #3183863 19-Jan-2024 10:48
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You made me look back on the website and I see that all 6 epsiodes of 'The Governor' (1977) are now available.


When I last check a while ago I think there were only 2 of the 6 episodes and the other 4 weren't available becaus ethe rights hadnt been negotiated.


I don't think it was ever repeated (I would have been 14 when it screened) and was NZ's first attempt at an 'epic' historical drama.


(EDIT: Wikipedia says TV One omitted to obtain repeat rights - so it only screened once)


It was very controversial at the time - because of cost, some nudity and probably portraying some of the white 'colonials' as less than angels.


It's a pity they couldnt have done a full restoration on it - but it doesnt look too bad.

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