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Frontseat, Sunday 24th September on TV ONE

Frontseat, 10.25pm this Sunday 24th September on TV ONE.

Desperately Seeking Dr Warner:

Oliver Driver talks with his old hospital mate, Michael Galvin, about being a nationally-recognised doctor and playwright. Auckland Theatre Company is staging Michael’s new play Ocean Star at the Maidment Theatre. (A Frontseat staffer who saw his first play New Gold Dream thought it screamingly funny, especially thanks to Adam Gardiner who also acts in Ocean Star). Along the way, Oliver discovers a disturbing new trend: that of award-winning actors being hit by shoes along Auckland’s Ponsonby Road. What the…?

The Front Row:

Opinionated comment from recognisable faces with plenty to say. Keep your eyes peeled for naked Samoan Mario Gaoa, radio gal Noelle McCarthy, artist Dick Frizzell & apostrophe police officer Jon Bridges. This week: NZ’s Scariest Theatres. Actor Joel Tobeck returns to the theatres of his youth to exorcise the ghosts he allowed to terrify him whilst his mum and her mates were treading the boards. Theatre stalwarts like George Henare, Grant Bridger, Darien Takle, Michael Lawrence and Pat Shields help out.

Walter, Take Me To The Altar:

Who will be the blushing bride at the Walters Award next week? The four finalists for New Zealand’s richest visual art prize (named after the late Gordon Walters) are Peter Robinson, Francis Upritchard, Stella Brennan and Phil Dadson. They speak to their work and then Josie McNaught takes a bunch of New Zealanders into Auckland Art Gallery’s New Gallery to find out what they think of all this contemporary art.

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Nominate A Great Line In Kiwi Film:

Keep those nominations flooding in as we celebrate the craft of scriptwriting! Beth Heke’s “You’re not gonna hurt my babies anymore” is proving very popular. The Top 10 will be revealed in October. NOMINATE a Greatest Line in Kiwi Film by emailing

ALSO: Newsreaders weigh in on what they’re reading for New Zealand Book Month; and some more art neighbours have their say about sculptures that they have to look at all day long.

Send your story ideas and arts diary submissions to Frontseat's researcher Gabe McDonnell at


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