We demonstrate a voracious appetite for overseas-produced soap operas but we also make drama which wins awards around the world.
0' 00" Actuality: 'A Panorama of New Zealand' 1938.
2' 15" A listener's letter about 'Jane', first drama broadcast on radio in New Zealand, 1928, 2YA Wellington.
2' 45" Actuality: first play specially designed for radio by BBC in 1924. Danger was first produced in New Zealand in 1929 but this excerpt is from 1996 Broadcasting House studio re-creation using 1920s' technology and techniques.
4' 00" Member of original 1929 cast of Danger recalls production techniques. Elsie Lloyd
6' 45" Early 1930s radio drama recalled. Selwyn Toogood
8' 15" First serials from America arrive here early 1930s. Peter Downes
9' 45" Actuality: Early serial The Japanese Houseboy.
10' 55" Actuality: First New Zealand produced commercial serial One Man's Family about 1937.
12' 00" One Man's Family recalled by members of original cast. Lawrie Constable, Selwyn Toogood, Elsie Lloyd
14' 10" Actuality: Long-running serial Dr Paul and design of serial as mainstay of commercial radio.
16' 30" Grace Gibson representative discusses Australian produced serials broadcast in New Zealand. Reg James
17' 45" Censorship of serials. Lawrie Constable
19' 20" Pressure on actors producing serials in Australia. Reg James
20' 50" An associate recalls Bernard Beeby, first head of NBS drama section formed, 1938. Bernard Kearns
21' 10" Actuality: Beeby producing in studio. Bernard Beeby
22' 10" Actuality: NBS war drama The Grey Ships Put To Sea.
23' 25" Writer G. Holder and wartime drama production recalled. Peter Harcourt
25' 55" Dress formal, regular drama scheduling and work for actors. Davina Whitehouse
27' 40" Actuality: Drama Jack Winter's dream by James K. Baxter.
29' 05" Summary of post-war drama development including role of new drama Head William Austin and international recognition of NZBC drama by 1960s. Roy Leywood
30' 55" By 1960s drama studios established in South Island. Bernard Kearns
32' 40" Actuality: Serial Life with Dexter.
34' 05" Actuality: The Archers of Ambridge, non-commercial BBC serial. This final episode made especially for New Zealand and broadcast in 1982.
34' 30" Increasing costs of Archers causes its demise in New Zealand. Peter Downes
36' 50" In 1960s and ‘70s actors earn living from radio drama. A kind of radio repertory company exists. Also sense of community with the theatre. Ginette McDonald
37' 25" 1970s sees change from British to more local writers. John O'Leary
39' 40" Large diversity of drama work for actors. Ginette McDonald
40' 45" New Zealand drama winning international awards by 1980s. John O'Leary
41' 40" Actuality: Award-winning An Angel hovering round by Richard Dingwall and produced by Ross Jolly.
42' 50" Daily routine of drama in 1970s and 1980s and colourful personalities. Ginette McDonald
45' 20" 'Broadcasts to schools' scripts good training for plays. Michael Wilson
46' 40" Sound FX gear in studio and on-microphone techniques. Everyone smokes. Ginette McDonald
48' 20" During 1980s drama increasingly seen as too expensive. John O'Leary
49' 30" Drama output decreases from lack of support and financial-cuts, John Craig
50' 55" Drama in mid 1990s a shadow of former self. Also severe staff cuts. But drama still thrives on international scene. Future directions. Carol Dee
52' 25" Strength of drama is its ability to look at all facets of human condition. John O'Leary
52' 55" Actuality: Roger Hall's comedy satire Gliding on staged in Broadcasting House Wellington.