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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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      • Friday 1 Jan

      G TV host Marcus Lush hits Antarctica in this snapshot from Scott Base. With no fresh water freely available, all water must be converted from sea water for use on base. In this clip, Lush wrestles with these implications while completing his morning shower within the mandatory three-minute time limit.

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G The world's largest species of penguin is the focus of this documentary, led by award-winning polar cameraman and director, Max Quinn. Their comedic waddle and seemingly disproportionate build served as perfect inspiration for the hit children's film Happy Feet - but make no mistake, these metre-high, 40kg birds are graceful propellers in the water, and efficient hunters.

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G Kiwi divers battle claustrophobia and sub-zero temperatures to discover what lies beneath in this award-winning documentary - the first to be filmed under the Antarctic sea ice. The divers' ice-tunnel experience may inspire a panic attack of the highest order for viewers!

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G Sparse and frigid landscapes - with a touch of 80s American convenience - collides with radio DJ chat in this segment. McMurdo Station's American Forces Radio delivers Antarctic residents everything from the latest hits to weather reports, alongside the day's TV schedule (Hawaii 5-0 is clearly a highlight). A can recycling drive inspires a few on-air giggles from the announcer.

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G A slice of Scott Base life from 1964 can be seen in this clip. Starting an engine in below 60-degree weather requires some forethought, but the refrigeration of meat supplies is certainly not a problem. There's also a quick run through on the criteria for a perfect on-base husky pup, and we grab a glimpse of some of the scientific work that takes place on base.

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G Dr. Vivian Fuchs led the UK team in their quest to be the first in 40 years to reach the South Pole. Fuchs described the 1957/58 polar expedition as "the last great journey in the world". With supplies for the British team in tow, as seen in this clip, Sir Edmund Hilary retraces Scott's steps from his departure point from McMurdo Sound, using modified farm tractors to tow the goods. Controversially, it's Hilary that ends up reaching the South Pole first.

      • Friday 1 Jan

      G Scott Base, New Zealand's Antarctic research station, opened on 20 January 1957. Its construction - led by Sir Edmund Hilary and members of the Commonwealth Polar Expedition - is chronicled in this 1957 National Film Unit documentary. In this clip, trial runs on home soil have paid dividends - the test assembly of the base in Aotearoa saves crucial time for the team working in Antarctica's freezing conditions.

      • Tuesday 1 Dec 2020

      G Dalvanius Prime delivers an absolutely stonking version of The Great Pretender in this clip from 1981's Rock Around The Clock. Here you'll also see primetime news personality and radio veteran Paul Holmes don his gladrags as Wonderful Wally Watson, your host from the Wellington Rock'n'Roll Revival Club. Tom Sharplin and his band provide the bulk of the tunes for the series, which was set in a 50s milk-bar, complete with dancefloor.

      • Tuesday 1 Dec 2020

      G Hold on to your hats, it's a Wild West musical showdown! Legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones get the medley treatment in this all-star saloon situation, with vocals courtesy of Lone Wolf (Ray Woolf) and Crazy D (Laurie D). Song, dance and mid-70s comedy overflow in this end of season special.

      • Tuesday 1 Dec 2020

      G Neville 'On The Level' Purvis, aka comedian Arthur Baysting, earned the honour of being the first to spout the f-word on a New Zealand television show (and got himself banned from NZ TV in the process). In this clip, we get an intro from PM Rob Muldoon, some anti-Aussie jokes, and the sharing of some 'All Black Lager' with the studio audience - spicy stuff for 1979.

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