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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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      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G In this 2006 profile of rugby great Richie McCaw, the camera crew travel to his hometown of Kurow where the openside flanker is poised to be named as All Black captain. He neatly sidesteps the reporter's questions about his love life, and instead takes to the sky in his beloved glider - a foreshadowing of his later career as a helicopter pilot.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G This documentary tells the story of the highs and lows of New Zealand's national game across of a century of international tours. In this clip, the rivalry with South Africa is explored and the images of the 1937 Springbok tour are remarkable - as Kiwi fans try to get a glimpse of the sold-out final by standing on rooftops. More than 50 thousand managed to get inside the park.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G This newsreel shows the highlights of the first rugby test between France and New Zealand in 1961. In this clip, 60,000 rugby fans watch the captains lead their teams onto the field - an almost unrecognisable Eden Park. Spectators sit on the side line and the stands are jammed packed. The All Blacks get the first points on the board after just one minute.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G Some of the great names of international rugby - both players and commentators - can be seen reminiscing in this history of British and Lions tours of New Zealand. This clip examines some of the culture shock that the Welsh experienced when they arrived on Kiwi shores.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G This 1968 segment from an early Sunday night magazine show provides light-hearted visuals for a classic Kiwi song. 'Rugby, Racing and Beer' became an unofficial national anthem during the 1960s. This clip is a parody of the how young men were educated in their national heritage with lots of footy, boozing and betting. The video ends with shots of the packed terraces at Athletic Park, sadly now consigned to history.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G This 1986 episode of This is Your Life features the 81-year-old rugby legend George Nepia. Considered by many to be the greatest rugby fullback ever, Nepia was the star of the 1924 'Invincibles' team. At just 19, he played every one of their 32 games and the team was unbeatable throughout its British Isles tour. In this clip, footage from the 1924 tour is shown to Nepia who chuckles when he sees a much less fearsome haka being performed.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G This popular documentary series screened in the lead-up to the 1999 World Cup final and explores the history of our most famous sports team. The first episode looked at past All Black encounters with England, Wales and Scotland. In this excerpt, Keith Quinn examines the first All Black tour to Britain six years after the end of World War I, and how this team's efforts helped cut the colonial apron strings to the mother country.

      • Tuesday 1 Oct

      G "Maybe you went to a little school and the other kids laughed at you and there weren't enough boys to make up a team, but you could still learn to pass - even from a woman teacher!" So asserts the narration of this 1946 newsreel clip which takes a jaunty ride through all things rugby in New Zealand. The sight of a woman teaching young boys how to throw a rugby pass was rare enough in those days to make it newsworthy.

      • Sunday 1 Sep

      G This Close Up All Blacks interview was broadcast from the Christchurch Football Club, ahead of the opening test of the much anticipated 2005 tour by the British Lions. Coach Graham Henry is flanked by captain Tana Umaga, vice-captain Richie McCaw and lock James Ryan. In this excerpt, Henry is at his laconic best as he answers questions about the referees.

      • Sunday 1 Sep

      G With stints as an All Black, Springbok triallist, sports presenter, National MP, and sometime celebrity chef, Grahame Thorne has experienced his share of fame. But perhaps his hottest 15 minutes came after he dared to present the sports news one day in 1983... with a perm. The ensuing national trauma inspired headlines, irate phone calls, and "curls are for girls" banners at rugby games. Sadly, the offending hairstyle has been lost to the archives, and this slightly grown-out version is the only extant evidence of a key moment in Kiwi fashion history.

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