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We're teaming up with NZ On Screen, to polish up some local gems from the past. Relive some of the best moments in television history, from breaking news to pop culture, comedy, drama, sports and more.

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    Before They Were Famous: Russell Crowe
    • Wednesday 1 Nov 2017

    G These days Russell Crowe is known for his movie career, but back in 1985 he was busy trying to make a name for himself in the music business. In fact, he was trying to make a somewhat different name for himself than the one we now know him by. Back then, Russell went by Russ le Roq, and was the leader of Auckland band Roman Antix. Here he's seen promoting their debut video on teen music show Shazam!, looking fresh-faced, but already showing the drive and determination that would soon land him in Hollywood. Fast-forward 15 years and he would be leading Romans of a different kind, playing General Maximum Meridius in Gladiator.

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      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G In the 90s Mai Time was an influential magazine show for Maori youth exploring cultural and contemporary issues. In this clip, the show takes a look back at some of the 'maddest' styles on the show over the years - including some animated facial expressions from Stacey Daniels and even a hungover host.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G Would you believe that Celebrity Treasure Island is nearly 20 years old? This clip is from the very first celebrity version of the popular reality show. Some of the biggest household names of the time participated, including model Nicky Watson, Sally Ridge and Anthony Parker Junior.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G From the beginning of the very first episode, where Selwyn Toogood gets a new voiceover, it was clear Havoc wasn't going to be your run-of-the-mill comedy show. Slightly chaotic and a little bit anarchic, Mikey Havoc's eponymous show was more than just late-night laughs, it was television that was aimed directly at Generation X. This clip introduces viewers to the 'Old Havo' and his sidekick, Newsboy A.K.A Jeremy Wells.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G "A funny little kid with a funny little face" - so begins the opening title sequence of The Son of a Gunn Show hosted by Jason Gunn. It's fair to say that Jase and his sidekick Thingee were beloved by a generation of kids who grew up watching the madcap antics of the perennially youthful Gunn and company.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G Before she turned politician, Maggie Barry was the frontperson for the tremendously popular Maggie's Garden Show. Each year the programme would visit the Ellerslie Flower Show and viewers could get a glimpse of the hottest new trends in gardening. This clip is packed with puns galore as Maggie meets a gardener whose unique planters are selling like hotcakes.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G The 1990s introduced the country to the most action packed, disaster-prone hospital ever to grace our screens - Shortland Street. It's all go in this very first episode where a newly returned Doctor Ropata, played by a fresh-faced Temuera Morrison, gets a telling off and a geography lesson from Nurse Carrie. The famous line has gone down in New Zealand television history.

      • Sunday 1 Dec

      G Who can forget the tiger-slipper wearing Chloe from Wainuiomata? This episode of Heartland introduced the squeaky-voiced local to the nation, but it also investigated other goings on in the town on a Friday night - including this clip in which host Gary McCormick drops in, with a fish and chip offering, on a Tupperware party.

      • Friday 1 Nov

      G There are quite a few moustaches to be seen in this news clip from the Bastion Point land occupation, but newsreader Dougal Stevenson takes out the prize for most impressive moustache. It's as perfectly clipped as his pronunciation and what's more, it led the way for countless other newsreader moustaches in the 80's and 90s.

      • Friday 1 Nov

      G The South Island can claim many great moustaches, but quite possibly the best of them all sat atop the upper lip of regional new presenter, Rodney Bryant. Seen here with fellow presenter Brian Allpress, Bryant's full moustache was a mainstay of New Zealand television in the 70s. It's heartening to see a somewhat older Bryant in this clip - still replete with moustache.

      • Friday 1 Nov

      G One of our greatest cricketers, Sir Richard Hadlee, can be seen in this clip dispensing some batting advice - including use of 'the box' - for up and coming players, but perhaps he could have also given out some tips on how to grow such an impressive 'mo. His moustache was almost as well-known as his winning batting technique.

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