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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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      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G It's fashion, but not as we know it - the World of Wearable Art Awards are a spectacle unlike any other. In this 2007 show, the South Pacific gets its WOW on with some amazing creations including a very unusual take on sheep dags - but because this is high fashion, these are not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill dags. The design went on to win the 2007 Supreme WOW Award.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G In this excerpt from mid-90s late night news show Newsnight, the duo behind fashion house World - Francis Hooper and Denise L'Estrange-Corbet - talk about their win in the avant-garde section of the 1995 Benson and Hedges Fashion Awards. Their winning outfit? A Japanese-inspired two-piece made out of cardboard that L'Estrange-Corbet describes as "21st Century origami couture".

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G In the 80s, fashion was such a serious business that every year the Fashion Design Awards were screened in primetime on network television. This clip is from 1986 where padded shoulders and crazy colours are the order of the day, and the excess of the 80s is in full flight. The best designs of the night are showcased here, and while there can ultimately be only one Supreme Award winner, all the designs in the final line up are pretty spectacular.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G At first glance, this awards show clip is not related to fashion - but despite that, it deserves an honourable mention for being inadvertently one of the most bizarre examples of Kiwi fashion. Presenters Nic Nolan and Leeza Gibbons are valiant in their attempts to host the Gofta Awards show while wearing what appear to be oversized, silver, science fiction costumes that wouldn't be out of place in a Doctor Who episode.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G How does a woollen swimsuit sound? Well, in 1965 wool was all the rage and this fashion show in Lower Hutt shows a variety of styles for woolly (though hopefully not scratchy) fashion, including coats, dresses and even pyjamas. Keep an eye out for Miss World, Ann Sidney from the UK, who shows her award-winning walking and smiling skills to great effect while on parade.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G In November 1970, a New Zealand tourism fashion presentation designed for Australian audiences took place at Auckland Museum. Dancing models wore traditional Maori motifs, combined with contemporary fashion - then still a novelty. The designs include work by Kowhai Knitwear's Janice Hopper and Ann Rupe (who is heard on the soundtrack). Many of the designs seen in this clip, although nearly fifty years old now, are timeless enough to be worn today.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G Country Calendar is well known for its spoof episodes, and this rural fashion showcase arguably is one of the best. 'Fashion Designer' Garnet Nelson has a distinctive attitude to fashion for the rural sector, showcased in a range of clothes combining style and practicality - including multiple uses for the ubiquitous black singlet. The models are truly a sight to behold, especially while showing off the 'after five' ensembles of bedazzled thermal long johns.

      • Thursday 1 Aug

      G In 1963, fashion was a big deal to New Zealand's burgeoning economy. In this clip, Wellington fashion is on display for a group of Australian buyers (who will eventually place orders worth 75 thousand pounds) who are dressed up to the nines to watch the catwalk show. The audience seem slightly more interested in smoking and drinking than taking in the clothes, but the models do their best to show off the stylish numbers to the hard-to-impress crowd.

      • Monday 1 Jul

      G Grab your Stetson hat and settle in to watch this clip from one of the most successful TV shows of the 80s - That's Country. Hosted by one-time mod Ray Columbus, this 1982 episode features a roll call of veteran Kiwi country performers including John Hore, Patsy Riggir and Dinah Lee.

      • Monday 1 Jul

      G Before WWF - there was On the Mat. The legendary professional wrestling TV show ran from 1975 until 1983 and was immensely popular. Each half-hour show featured wrestling matches accompanied by commentary - promoter Steve Rickard described the technical in-the-ring aspects and Ernie Leonard added colour. The larger-than-life wrestlers were a mix of US imports and local characters: King Curtis, Samoan Joe, Aussie Larry O'Day, Rick Martel, and Sweet William and Brute Miller. In this clip - Billy T James makes a special guest appearance.

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