World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


New Series Puts Small Town New Zealand On The Map


New Series Puts Small Town New Zealand On The Map

Putting small town New Zealand on the map is Gary McCormick's mission in a new series funded by NZ On Air.

NZ On Air Chief Executive, Jo Tyndall, said that the series, McCormick Rips, would bring local issues and the latest and greatest of local musical talent to our screens.

"The programme will show provincial New Zealand at its entertaining best.

"It will show our country and our people in all their diversity - not just from the perspective of metropolitan New Zealand. It will give a voice to people all over New Zealand to express themselves and their perspectives on community and national issues in both a light-hearted and serious way.

"It's an event, the town is on show and therefore on the map.

"In true McCormick style, the series will be both funny and insightful. It's the sort of comedy that, according to our recent research, New Zealanders want - ad lib and completely natural," said Ms Tyndall.

Research by Colmar Brunton for NZ On Air (released last month) found that New Zealanders felt that New Zealand humour worked best when it was ad lib or off the cuff, rather than situation comedy or skit shows.

The McCormick Rips series combines comedy, music, and social commentary from Gary McCormick and will be filmed in thirteen different towns - from Kaitaia to Invercargill.

Each episode will follow a similar format. McCormick will arrive in towns such as Hokitika or Palmerston North, and give a quick introduction to the place. Then there will be a quick musical tour of the town to meet the locals, grab the local issues, and stitch together a show for that evening.

McCormick Rips Producers, William Grieve and Bruce Morrison, describe the series as "a bit of Top Town and a bit of It's In The Bag".

NZ On Air has allocated $655,169 to Morrison Grieve Ltd to produce 13 half-hour episodes of McCormick Rips. The series will screen on TV One later this year.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news