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Following Twain With Oscar Kightley

In 1895 celebrated author Mark Twain travelled to NZ as part of a global speaking tour. In this series Oscar Kightley follows his footsteps and explores his stories.

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    Season 1, Episode 1
    • Saturday 26 Jan

    PG In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain toured New Zealand to talk, write and make dosh. Fellow writer Oscar Kightley picks up his notes and follows Twain's footsteps, discovering that history favours the courageous, crazy, criminal and cocky.

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      • Saturday 26 Jan

      PG In 1895, a bankrupt Mark Twain toured New Zealand to talk, write and make dosh. Fellow writer Oscar Kightley picks up his notes and follows Twain's footsteps, discovering that history favours the courageous, crazy, criminal and cocky.

      • Saturday 2 Feb

      G Oscar visits Dunedin which along with New Zealand's modern railways Twain was highly complimentary of. Plus in Timaru, Oscar learns of a famous local boxer.

      • Saturday 9 Feb

      PG Oscar visits Oamaru, where he comes across a gaggle of pretty penguins, as well as chap called Bruce Comfort who knows everything about a structure 99% of kiwis are unaware exists.

      • Saturday 16 Feb

      G Twain misplaced his sea legs between Lyttelton and Nelson but an empty stomach helps as we hear the gruesome tales of the Maungatapu murders.

      • Saturday 23 Feb

      PG Kightley visits Rotorua - the birthplace of New Zealand tourism, described by locals in Mark Twain's time as "Cure-land". He then travels to the site of the 1896 Tarawera eruption and explores Napier.

      • Saturday 2 Mar

      G Twain joins a list of distinguished guests to have bagged Palmerston North but his rantings from 1895 give rise to a bold experiment in 2018 - can a cat play a piano?

      • Saturday 9 Mar

      PG Oscar visits Hawera where he draws parallels between Mark Twain and local writer Ronald Hugh Morrieson of "Came A Hot Friday" fame. Oscar meets locals doing great things in the region of Mt Taranaki.

      • Saturday 16 Mar

      G Series Final: Oscar Kightley ends his journey in Whanganui where he discovers how sneaky sly-groggers got around prohibition booze bans and the real motive behind an ill-fated raid on the Uruweras.