Ourselves in Primetime: A history of New Zealand television drama

Author(s): Trisha Dunleavy

New Zealand | Media

This is the first study of homegrown television drama, covering its development in all genres from 1960 to the present day and treating landmark programmes in detail. Trisha Dunleavy addresses the difficulties, practical, creative, economic and political, that have faced the production of TV drama in a small country, revealing how policy toward local content was part of a wider picture. She also believes that it is only through telling our own stories that we can know ourselves and shows how TV drama has reflected changes in ideas about 'cultural identity' and New Zealand society. While there are disappointments and frustrations in this history there are also triumphs and much evidence of talent. The book, written in a clear and lively style, is based on a thorough knowledge of the the industry and on many interviews with participants. It provides a fascinating and illuminating angle on arts policy and on the interplay between state and private enterprise in this key aspect of the media over nearly half a century. Dr Trisha Dunleavy is one of New Zealand's leading researchers into television issues and a senior lecturer in media studies at Victoria University of Wellington.


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Foreword; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Beginnings: Local Drama and Single Channel TV; 2. Pukemanu and the Late NZBC [NZ Broadcasting Corporation] Era; 3. TV One and SPTV: Golden Years for Drama; 4. The Governor, the Late 1970s and Amalgamation; 5. TVNZ's [Television NZ] First Years...; 6. Drama in the Mid-1980s; 7. Erebus and the Late 1980s; 8. Deregulation - The New Environment; 9. The 1990s, NZOA [NZ on Air] and Shortland Street; 10. Drama at the Turn of the Century; Conclusion; Bibliography; List of Interview Subjects; Index

General Fields

  • : 9781869403393
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : January 2005
  • : 228x155mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Trisha Dunleavy
  • : Paperback
  • : 1st Edition
  • : Very Good
  • : 340
  • : illustrations