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New ''Insiders Guide'' for TVNZ

11.03.2005

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New "Insiders Guide" for TVNZ

TVNZ has got the go-ahead from New Zealand on Air for a new series of the acclaimed New Zealand drama ''The Insiders Guide..''.

The first series, The Insiders Guide to Happiness, was much praised for its original and quirky themes and characters, and the prospect of a second series has been keenly awaited.

In the new series, The Insiders Guide to Love, seven previously unconnected people are affected by a bizarre incident, the outcome of which forces them to examine and explore the loves that are at the core of their own lives. But not just romantic love - there's love of life, love for our parents and children, love gone wrong, love of God, love of art... and more besides.

It's being made by the same producers as the first series, the Gibson Group, who say it incorporates all the best elements of Happiness but with a largely new cast of characters and inventive and surprising filmic and narrative techniques.

In fact, it is a prequel to Happiness, rather than a sequel. The events in Love happen before those in Happiness - as may often happen in life itself.

The original writers Paula Boock and David Brechin-Smith are being joined this time by Peter Cox, the series originator, and newcomer Mathew Saville.

TVNZ General Manager of Commissioning, Tony Holden, says NZ On Air funding will enable the production of a landmark series.

"This is the best of public service broadcasting - it's quality production and it's unmistakably New Zealand".

Filming is likely to start in late May or early June.

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