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Topic # 247781 23-Feb-2019 02:34
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Worth a try, after seeing the Pacific Rescue question I thought I'd ask if anyone has any episodes of the classic 90s TV3 comedy The Neighbourhood Network on any media whatsoever? All traces of this seem to have vanished completely, in the past I've asked some TV folks about it and while they remember it, there's no indication that any episodes were preserved. I've occasionally told friends about this but would love to have... well, anything really to show them what it was really like.

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  Reply # 2185722 23-Feb-2019 08:49
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Don't remember that one at all.
Google produced no results.
This has no mention either https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_Zealand_television_series

Are you sure that was the right name?
Who was in it?




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  Reply # 2185725 23-Feb-2019 09:00
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Do you remember who was in it and the typical situations?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2185820 23-Feb-2019 13:50
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You may be out of luck on this one. I got curious and did some searches but almost nothing came up. The only references I can find at all are to the actors that appeared in it. The main ones seem to be Sean Duffy and Sylvia Rands. It is described as a Matt Bowkett comedy from 1994 but I couldn't even find a still image illustrating it. TV3 may be ashamed of it as there is no mention at all in their archives, 25-year anniversary, NZ collections or anything. It seems to have been buried without a trace. Maybe you could try writing to the actors to see if any have a VHS copy. Here is the NZ On Screen link.

 

 





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  Reply # 2185829 23-Feb-2019 14:27
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Totally unrelated, but I was looking at the nz on screen website recently and noticed 'the governor'.

This was a really big thing back in 1977. I recall it very well as it was pretty controversial. It was the most expensive NZ TV content ever made at that time, it showed nz history in a wars and all manner and it was prime time with some nudity (shock and outrage).

I had actually forgotten about it, but read that they stuffed up some of the performing rights and consequently could never repeat it. So it screened once and was gone.

Nz on screen has 3 of the 6 episodes available to view (eps 1,4 and 5). Apparently someone negotiated clearances for these episodes and looks like it stalled there.

Would think it should have had greater historical significance, but the fact it could never be repeated killed it.




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  Reply # 2185893 23-Feb-2019 15:26
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Try asking the National library?

https://natlib.govt.nz/





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  Reply # 2185901 23-Feb-2019 15:28
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gzt: Do you remember who was in it and the typical situations?

 

 

It did exist, the full description was "The Neighbourhood Network", 1993, Tucker Films, directed by Mike Smith, a total of seven episodes, http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b7dac4062. You can see traces if it in various places, e.g. Sylvia Rands' info, https://www.nzonscreen.com/person/sylvia-rands, but the bit for "The Neighbourhood Network" is just a blank placeholder. Sean Duffy mentions it in an interview at 5:52: https://www.nzonscreen.com/interviews/sean-duffy.

 

 

The background was that it was a TV show broadcast from Mrs. something's living room, with both events at the "station" and outside stuff. Events at the station included a royal visit from Prince Philip (Philip Sherry, who a TV person told me was a really funny guy in person), a refugee crisis when parts of the house were taken over by refugee teddy bears, at one point a pot plant became a casualty of infighting between two refugee factions, and outside stuff like experimentally trying to prove the existence of God by tying a nun to a stake at the low water mark and waiting to see if he'd rescure her before the tide came in. Wonderfully silly stuff.

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  Reply # 2185904 23-Feb-2019 15:33
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Rikkitic:

You may be out of luck on this one. I got curious and did some searches but almost nothing came up. The only references I can find at all are to the actors that appeared in it. The main ones seem to be Sean Duffy and Sylvia Rands. It is described as a Matt Bowkett comedy from 1994 but I couldn't even find a still image illustrating it. TV3 may be ashamed of it as there is no mention at all in their archives, 25-year anniversary, NZ collections or anything. It seems to have been buried without a trace. Maybe you could try writing to the actors to see if any have a VHS copy. Here is the NZ On Screen link.

 

 

 

 

Yeah, that was why I was thinking the only existing copy may be some old VHS tape where someone recorded it off the air, like several early Dr.Who episodes. The production company is gone and as you say there's no record of it in any TVNZ online info apart from indirect mentions, I'd vaguely toyed with the idea of writing to Sean Duffy or something if I could find contact details but not sure if they want to be bugged about a probably-lost 25-year-old TV show.

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  Reply # 2185908 23-Feb-2019 15:52
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Aredwood: Try asking the National library?

https://natlib.govt.nz/

 

 

I'd searched there, and Auckland Uni film/TV archives, but there's no trace of it, before I email them I've contacted Sean Duffy's agent since he mentions in the interview that he was involved in creating it, so he may have, or know of someone who has, a copy.

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I've now been in contact with one of the people involved in creating it (how cool is that? They were really nice about it, I'm sure I'd never have been able to do this somewhere like the US) and am following up on a lead. A bunch of us who were students at the time were fans of the series, it'd be neat to see it again while we're still capable of remembering it.

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