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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 Oct

      G In this 2010 series, comedian Te Radar takes on the challenge of transforming an overgrown quarter-acre section into a fully functioning garden. The series followed the successful Off the Radar, where Te Radar attempted to live off his farm. In this clip, viewers will need a strong stomach, as Te Radar taste tests some dodgy looking salami.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G House and garden shows have proven to be sure-fire winners with Kiwi audiences, and real estate shows are no exception. Location Location Location followed the tension, conflict and frustrations of buying and selling property. One of New Zealand's longest-running popular factual programmes, it rode the wave of the Kiwi housing boom. In this episode, one couple is looking to downsize - and that means finding a house under $200,000 in Auckland. A warning: the house prices may make you weep.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G Mucking In was a very popular garden makeover show hosted by the affable Jim Mora that ran for nine years on TVNZ. In this clip from the first episode of the series, the Mucking In team get stuck in to the garden of Mangere Bridge local Phillipa Todd, and outline the big plans they have in store for her garden to transform it into a amazing new outdoor space, complete with water feature.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G The influential architecture show The Elegant Shed was a six-part series that screened on television in 1984. This clip showcases the so-called Christchurch style of architecture with architect Don Donnithorne's 1952 home, featuring some wonderful examples of Kiwi ingenuity alongside some timeless design.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G Before she was a politician, Maggie Barry was arguably Aotearoa's best-known garden show presenter. Her Ellerslie Flower Show specials were appointment viewing as she gave viewers an inside look at all that was fashionable and new in the world of gardening. In this clip, Maggie takes a look at the gold medal winning exhibit from Auckland Regional Council that has an ecological message in its top-scoring display.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G The debut episode of this TVNZ home show explores the unique architecture of the 1990s, with host Jennifer Ward-Lealand getting an inside look at one of Wellington's most colourful houses - architect Roger Walker's eye-catching pink and green house in Thorndon. It's a true flashback to 1992 and the fashionable trends of bold colour, glass bricks and soaring atriums.

      • Thursday 1 Oct

      G Spring is an excellent time to get your hands dirty by getting into the garden. Kiwis were advised to do just this way back in 1979, by gardening guru Eion Scarrow. In this clip from Dig This, Scarrow dispenses some good advice to viewers who have written in with some perplexing questions, such as Mrs Taylor from Horowhenua who wants to know what to do with a Philodendron's roots.

      • Tuesday 1 Sep

      G This is a fascinating snapshot of a nation in transition - from what was traditionally a scenic destination to a more sophisticated and happening place. The clip is from a tourism film designed to capture the interest of Australian travel agents, and the catchy song and accompanying images are designed to shine a spotlight on the unique offerings Aotearoa had for tourists in the late 1960s.

      • Tuesday 1 Sep

      G This 1968 tourism promo follows two Aussie sheilas, Helen and Beverley, on a champagne-fuelled trip across the ditch. Arriving in the 'ladylike' city of Christchurch, our intrepid explorers sip lemon tea at a riverside soiree and enjoy some boating on the Avon, all the while hamming it up sixties-style for camera. It's a blast from the past with some jazzy music to really get you into the spirit of the times.

      • Tuesday 1 Sep

      G This short documentary about freestyle skiing was directed for the NZ Tourist and Publicity Department by Sam Neill, before he found worldwide fame as an actor. The scenery here, though, takes the starring role as the skiers put on daring displays in Tongariro National Park.

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