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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 Jun

      G The 1983 Royal Tour offered up some very special moments, not least, the iconic images of Prince William playing with a Buzzy Bee toy on the lawn of Government House. The footage is poignant in retrospect as we see the Royal couple still in their honeymoon phase - the heir apparent still with a good head of hair, and Diana's embrace of 80s fashion with a winsome collar and her famous pageboy haircut.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G This documentary reviews that 1983 Royal Tour downunder by Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. The royal tour was a huge success and the couple were frequently mobbed by zealous fans throughout, but this clip shows a more historic moment - the first time a Royal couple had set foot on a Maori war canoe.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G During her reign, Queen Elizabeth has seen her fair share of Royal Variety shows, including this one from 1981. The live TV spectacular features a star-studded ensemble of some of the best entertainers in New Zealand at the time. This clip shows a veritable who's who (including Vegas showgirls!) on stage singing 'Now is the Hour' as the Queen leaves the performance looking very regal.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G In 1973, Prime Minister Norman Kirk announced that the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi would be a unifying national holiday called New Zealand Day. The inaugural 1974 day featured a royal entourage, including the Queen and Prince Charles. The event was watched by 20,000 people at Waitangi and screened live on television. Many viewers would have stood in front of their televisions for this moment, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band playing 'God Save the Queen'.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G This is the official film of the Royal visit to Queen Salote's Kingdom in 1954, made by the National Film Unit for the Tongan Government. There is comprehensive coverage of the welcome, traditional ceremonies and feasting, dancing and singing, the church service, and the farewell. In this clip, the two Queens walk side by side and sit together enjoying the hospitality of the Tongan people.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G "A friendly people, a green and pleasant land." This newsreel follows Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their trip through Aotearoa. The couple visits the Waitomo Caves as well as receiving a wonderful ceremonial challenge on the Waikato river from local Maori. This was the first tour of New Zealand by a reigning monarch and came only months after her coronation.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G Before he became King, George VI and his wife Elizabeth (better known to us as the Queen Mother) made a visit to New Zealand when they were still known as the Duke and Duchess of York. The couple spent 28 days in the country, planting trees, fishing, meeting very well turned out children and shaking countless hands. It was the only visit the royal couple made to New Zealand.

      • Saturday 1 Jun

      G There have been many royal visits since Prince Alfred first came to NZ in 1867 for pig hunting and picnicking. This National Film Unit title looks at some of the earliest Royal tours, including George V in 1901. In this clip, the focus is on the visit of Prince Edward in 1920, and the New Zealand that welcomed the future king.

      • Wednesday 1 May

      G One of New Zealand's most beloved singers, the late Prince Tui Teka, is in fine form here in this 1983 television special. As Peter Sharples' Te Roopu Manutaki cultural group provide back-up, Tui sings his chart-topping hit E Ipo to his 'darling' wife Missy. It's a classic song, and an inimitable delivery, that still remains popular nearly 40 years after it was first sung.

      • Wednesday 1 May

      G In 1984, The Mockers were well on their way to becoming bona fide pop stars. This clip of My Girl Thinks She's Cleopatra is from a benefit concert filmed at the Christchurch Town Hall, which later aired on music show Shazam. Lead singer Andrew Fagan is in his prime with his red frock coat, bare chest, and signature unruly hairstyle. You can see why he was known as one of New Zealand's greatest pop showmen.

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