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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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      • Saturday 1 May

      G A 1983 Karyn Hay looks very Madonna-esque as she introduces highlights from the seminal rock show's televised concerts at the now demolished Mainstreet Cabaret on Auckland's Queen Street. Impassioned performances from some of the decade's biggest names such as Graham Brazier, Dance Exponents, DD Smash and Coconut Rough are featured.

      • Saturday 1 May

      G Split Enz are here, caught at a pivotal moment in their career. They're just back from their first trip to Australia where they recorded acclaimed debut album Mental Notes, from which the 'Maybe' single is taken. But the album is yet to be released in New Zealand, where they've taken time out from a national tour to appear on the first Telethon. Keep an eye out for the eye-catching "zootsuits" designed by Noel Crombie, who contents himself with being a lurking presence in pale blue.

      • Saturday 1 May

      G Musician Hayden Wood presents this 1974 end of year special for the Christchurch-based music show. A veritable smorgasbord of talent is on display, including a pre Mi-Sex Steve Gilpin and a pre-musicals Rob Guest. But it's Bunny Walters who steals the show with his soulful singing of The Stylistics hit song - 'You Make Me Feel Brand New'.

      • Saturday 1 May

      G Forget about American Idol - here's the real deal when it comes to classic talent shows. This NZBC series featured three new artists and three new songs vying for the judges' favours each week. In this episode, Auckland glam-rock band Space Waltz make their debut and steal the show with their anthemic 'Out on the Street'. Judge Nick Karavias called it a "splendid example of what I call obnoxious rock".

      • Saturday 1 May

      G In 1969, Kiwi music legend John Rowles was in his early 20s, and flush with UK success: This fly on the wall documentary records his homecoming tour, complete with cigars, turtlenecks, rehearsals, press interviews, dancing, hongi and a civic reception in Kawerau. This excerpt shows Rowles in a radio interview for the launch of his hit single 'M'Lady'.

      • Saturday 1 May

      G "C’mon's your show - as if you didn't know," says host Peter Sinclair in this final episode of New Zealand's classic pop show. The show promised 'big sounds, fun sounds, wild sounds' and boasted a who's who of Kiwi singing talent, including Mr Lee Grant, The Chicks and Ray Columbus. This episode features Tommy Adderley covering The Beatles' classic 'With a Little Help from my Friends'.

      • Saturday 1 May

      G New Zealand's first major female pop star, "Queen of the Mods", Dinah Lee is profiled in this NZBC special. Her trademark Vidal Sassoon bob is almost a character in its own right as she talks about the pressures of celebrity - while footage of her recording 'He Can't do the Bluebeat' reveals a singing voice that is almost a shock after the softly spoken interview. The last word goes to Lee's manager who recounts the "nightmare" repercussions of her TV appearance in Bermuda shorts.

      • Thursday 1 Apr

      G Global ovine celebrity Shrek the Sheep managed to avoid being caught and shorn for six whole years - and made headlines in the process. Eating Media Lunch summarises this significant media moment and reveals the bull merino's untimely end.

      • Thursday 1 Apr

      G Rural fashions hit the runway in this Country Calendar special. An 'after-five' ensemble is modelled by resident clotheshorse Les - a two-piece that offers style and practicality, along with a hint of sparkle. Tastefully offset with some black riding boots, this outfit promises to take the wearer from the shearing shed to post-work drinks with ease. The buy in from the farmer models makes this hoax episode a true gem.

      • Thursday 1 Apr

      G In this series, Jeremy Wells mines the depths of New Zealand's 'alternative' history and uses TV archive footage to paint a more entertaining picture of our collective past. In this clip we hear how Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, long-running Mayor of Auckland, became fast friends with The Beatles and exchanged Christmas cards and gifts with the Fab Four right up until his death in 1989.

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