With Television New Zealand (TVNZ) (Sorted by Release Date Ascending)



1. As the World Turns (1956–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

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The focus in on the upper class Hughes and Stewart families plus their tribulations in Midwest Oakdale. The Stewarts fade away eventually to be replaced by the rural Snyders and wealthy Lucinda Walsh with her many intrigues.

Stars: Colleen Zenk, Kelly Menighan, Don Hastings, Jon Hensley

Votes: 1,764

2. Country Calendar (1966– )

30 min | Documentary

7.3
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Country Calendar is a New Zealand documentary television series focusing on rural life in New Zealand.

Stars: Frank Torley, Carol Archie, Tony Benny, Jerome Cvitanovich

Votes: 15

3. On the Mat (1975–1984)

25 min | Sport

8.1
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A professional wrestling television program for the National Wrestling Alliance-affiliated All Star Pro-Wrestling (ASPW), or simply NWA New Zealand.

Stars: Steve Rickard, Barry Holland, Larry Heiniemi, Mark Lewin

Votes: 7

4. Sing Special (1975 TV Special)

Music

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This end of season Sing special from 1975 takes place mostly in the Wild West. After some song, dance numbers and comedy sketches we meet two small-time crooks, Lone Wolf (Ray Woolf) and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hockley | Stars: Angela Ayers, Johnny Bond, Grant Bridger, Brent Brodie

5. A Going Concern (1975)

Drama

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Stars: Donna Akersten, Grant Bridger, Elizabeth Coulter, Sydney Jackson

6. Opening Night (1977 TV Movie)

Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Martyn Tarne a young actress from New Zealand bears an amazing resemblance to the leading man Adam Poole. Rumours amongst the cast are widespread and speculation and murder fuel the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian McDuffie | Stars: George Baker, Bud Bloor, Les Cleveland, Anna Collingwood

Votes: 8

7. Colour Scheme (1977 TV Movie)

95 min | Mystery

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Director: Peter Sharp | Stars: George Baker, Alexander Hay, Eddie Hegan, Vic Hunter

8. Vintage Murder (1977 TV Movie)

85 min | Mystery

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Director: Brian McDuffie | Stars: George Baker, Hazel Cole, Terence Cooper, S. Curly DelMonte

9. Flying Kiwi (1979–1980)

25 min | Adventure, Family

6.8
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Stars: Siegfried Rauch, Estelle Woods, Peter Nicoll, George Henare

Votes: 5

10. Blackhearted Barney Blackfoot (1980)

14 min | Short, Adventure

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Director: Yvonne Mackay | Stars: Ian Watkin, Annie Whittle, Lucy McGrath, Allen Wray

11. Hunchin' Down the Track (1980 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

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Director: Geoff Dixon | Stars: Bob Armitage, Nigel Westlake, Steve Hodge, Greg Morris

12. Open File (1981)

49 min | Drama

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Star: Diana Rowan

13. Under the Mountain (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo, on a summer vacation in Auckland visiting their aunt and uncle, meet a certain Mr. Jones, a mysterious man who helped find them when they got lost in... See full summary »

Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 313

14. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Maar (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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Twins Rachel & Theo Mathieson are saved from death by a kindly and mystical stranger. Eight years later when they visit Auckland they find they have been chosen for a momentous task against the forces of evil.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 9

15. The Monster's Christmas (1981 TV Movie)

47 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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In her bed on Christmas Eve, a little girl reads an illustrated storybook entitled "The Monster's Christmas" to her teddy bear, as something sneaks around in the trees outside her window. ... See full summary »

Director: Yvonne Mackay | Stars: Paul Farrell, Lee Hatherly, Paul Jenden, Bernard Kearns

Votes: 36

16. Bad Blood (1981)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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During World War 2, a farmer in New Zealand murders seven people, and the police, along with local Maori trackers, hunt him in the bush country.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jack Thompson, Carol Burns, Denis Lill, Donna Akersten

Votes: 282

17. Gliding On (1984–1986)

30 min | Comedy

7.7
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The staff of a government stores office and their attempts to avoid actually doing any work.

Stars: Roy Billing, Ken Blackburn, Michael Haigh, Ray Henwood

Votes: 13

18. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Any Shape, Any Form (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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Rachel & Theo learn from Mr. Jones about the strategy they must employ if their planet is to be saved. They discover the truth of Mr. Jones' warning "Any Shape, Any Form".

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

19. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Assault (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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The Wilberforce's seem foiled as Mr. Jones and the twins strike out for Rangitoto Island armed with their magic weapons.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

20. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Red Force, Blue Force (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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Rachel and Theo are embroiled in a life and death struggle between Mr. Jones and the enemy.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

21. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: The Alien World Below (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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Rachel's sleep is disturbed by a telepathic cry for help. Mr. Jones' voice seems to drift through the fog from the weird Wilberforce house and the twins steal through the night to his rescue.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

22. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: The Gift of Oblivion (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.3
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Time is running out as Rangitoto is ablaze and crimson. Ricky is left as a decoy as the twins and Mr. Jones struggle towards their final goal, not realizing just how ruthless the aliens are.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 7

23. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Volcano of the Bleeding Skies (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.0
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A sightseeing trip to Auckland's dominant volcanoes brings further evidence that the twins have a dangerous mission. Is Mr. Jones' guardianship enough to protect them from the sinister Mr. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 9

24. Under the Mountain (1981)
Episode: Weapons of the Mind (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.2
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Rachel and Theo learn about the aliens' secret labyrinth and are in great danger.

Director: Chris Bailey | Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 8

25. Daphne and Chloe (1982 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

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An older woman in the office charms a younger man, for a while.

Director: John Anderson | Stars: Helena Ross, Joy Watson, Michael Hurst, David Warwick

27. Tough at the Bottom (1982 TV Movie)

Drama

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Director: Peter Muxlow | Stars: Tony Wahren, Jane Waddell, Russell Smith, David Warwick

28. An Age Apart (1983– )

Comedy

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(Episode 1) A Long Way from Home: 65-year-old Walter Atherton has accepted an offer from his twice-widowed sister, Alice, to emigrate to New Zealand and settle down with her and her 11-... See full summary »

Stars: Bridget Armstrong, Deryck Guyler, Jason Pirihi, Alma Woods

29. Icebound in the Antarctic (1983– )
Episode: A Merchant Navy Man (1983)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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Director: Martyn Friend | Stars: David Schofield, David Rodigan, Neil Stacy, Geoffrey Chater

30. It's Lizzie to Those Close (1983 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama

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Director: David Blyth | Stars: Sarah Peirse, Jeremy Stephens, Derek Hardwick, Bruno Lawrence

31. Children of the Dog Star (1984)

24 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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An alien lands on Earth and is taken in by Earth children.

Stars: Sarah Dunn, Jeison Wallace, Hamish Bartle, Roy Billing

Votes: 137

32. The World's Strongest Man (1980–2013)
Episode: 1983 Christchurch (1984)

60 min | Sport

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Stars: Donny MacLeod, Geoff Capes, Allen Gallberg, John Gamble

33. Out of Time (1984 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama

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The story of poet, novelist, journalist and biographer Iris Wilkinson's (pen name - Robin Hyde) early longing to escape the narrow confines of her upbringing and her exultation in unconventionality and sexual freedom as a young woman.

Director: Tony Issac | Stars: Helen Morse, Phillip Holder, John Bach, Donogh Rees

34. Signatures of the Soul (1984)

60 min | Documentary

7.3
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Peter Fonda hosts this program that takes a revealing look at the 200-year old practice of tattooing. From the South Seas to San Francisco to Japan, see tattooing as a tradition in ancient culture and a fad in the pop culture.

Director: Geoff Steven | Star: Peter Fonda

Votes: 11

35. Enz with a Bang (1984 TV Special)

78 min | Music

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New Zealand's most successful music export Split Enz is performing its last live show concluding the 'Enz With A Bang' farewell tour on December 4,1984, at home in Auckland.

Director: Brent Hansen | Star: Split Enz

36. Country GP (1984– )

Drama

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Stars: Lani John Tupu, Glenis Levestam, Sarah Davidson, May Lloyd

37. Neighbours (1985– )

TV-G | 22 min | Drama, Romance

5.4
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Australian soap opera exploring the lives and relationships of the residents of Ramsay Street in Erinsborough.

Stars: Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Tom Oliver, Jackie Woodburne

Votes: 4,590

38. The Neglected Miracle (1985)

106 min | Documentary

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Indigenous farmers in Peru, Nicaragua, Italy, France, Australia and New Zealand share their intimacy with the land and the seeds they have nurtured for generations; global corporations attempt to 'own' the intellectual property of seeds.

Director: Barry Barclay | Star: Keri Kaa

39. Seekers (1986– )

Drama

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Stars: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Aston, Temuera Morrison, Heather Lindsay

40. Mark II (1986 TV Movie)

72 min | Drama

6.9
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3 friend's Eddie, Kingi and Matthew get together in Auckland New Zealand and decide to take a trip down the line to Wellington in an old Mark ll. Unbeknown to his mates Kingi is really ... See full summary »

Director: John Anderson | Stars: Nicholas Rogers, Mitchell Manuel, Faifua Amiga, Joanna Briant

Votes: 15

41. Undercover Gang (1986)

73 min | Family, Drama

7.0
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Four kids witness an arsonist start a fire, but no one believes them.

Director: Peter Sharp | Stars: Jon Trimmer, Elizabeth Moody, Peter Hayden, Miles Murphy

Votes: 14

42. Open House (1986–1987)

Drama

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Stars: Rongo Do Kahu, Tungia Baker, Christina Asher, Frank Whitten

43. Steel Riders (1987– )

30 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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An eight part children's thriller involving stolen jewels and BMX bike riders.

Stars: Josie Vendramini, Fraser Stephen-Smith, Neha Belton, Joshua Dunn

Votes: 7

44. Worzel Gummidge Down Under (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.2
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The continuing adventures of the magic scarecrow, only this time he's in New Zealand.

Stars: Jon Pertwee, Bruce Phillips, Jonathan Marks, Olivia Ihimaera-Smiler

Votes: 74

45. Peppermint Twist (1987–1988)

25 min | Drama

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Stars: Louise Graham, Darcy Waldegrave, Felicity Samuel, Ruth Bijl

46. Moon Jumper (1987)

Sport

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Teenager Nicky loves horses and wants to become a champion rider. As she has little money, this means lots of hard work. Moon Jumper is the little horse she wants to "jump over the moon" and hopes to win a great riding competition on.

47. Erebus: The Aftermath (1988– )

Drama, History

8.0
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Stars: Bruce Allpress, Roy Billing, Ken Blackburn, Johnny Bond

Votes: 21

48. Send a Gorilla (1988)

Comedy

5.3
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The busiest day in the year for three young women and their singing telegram service. St Valentine's Day at the Send A Gorilla Singing Telegram Company has started badly, very badly. The ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Read | Stars: Carmel McGlone, Katherine McRae, Perry Piercy, John Callen

Votes: 7

49. William Southgate (1988 TV Movie)

38 min | Documentary

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William Southgate is one of New Zealand's greatest conductor - composers. This documentary was produced at the time of the premier performance of his second symphony by the NZSO.

Director: Peter Coates

50. Making Out (1989–1991)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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Stars: Margi Clarke, Melanie Kilburn, Rachel Davies, Shirley Stelfox

Votes: 84


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