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Gliding On

Gliding On was a popular television sit-com in New Zealand in the early 1980s.

Gliding On
Genre Comedy
Written by Roger Hall
Directed by Tony Holden
Starring Susan Wilson, Michael Haigh, Ross Jolly, Ray Henwood
Opening theme "Good Old Desk" by Harry Nilsson from his 1968 Album, "Aerial Ballet"
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 32
Producer(s) Tony Holden
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) TVNZ
First shown in 1981
Original release 1981 – 1985

It was written by Roger Hall and adapted from his earlier radio play Glide Time, and directed by Tony Holden. The series depicts the working lives of four staff members at a government supply office in the early 1980s.

The series was followed by a short-lived sequel, Market Forces, set in the "restructured" public service environment of New Zealand's post-Rogernomics era.[citation needed]

Over the course of its run, Gliding On won multiple awards including Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Direction at the Feltex Awards.[1]


Several other notable New Zealand actors appeared in different episodes, including Jeffrey Thomas and Grant Tilly.


  1. ^ "Roger Hall Piece about Gliding On". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 

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