The Unauthorised History of New Zealand

The Unauthorised History of New Zealand is a New Zealand comedic history talk show series that tells the "real truth" behind the history of New Zealand.

The Unauthorised History of New Zealand
Created by
Written by
Directed byPaul Casserly
Presented byJeremy Wells
Theme music composerBernie Allen
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes28 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerPhilip Smith
Producers
  • Claire Logan
  • Paul Casserly
Editors
  • Jonathan Brough
  • Fabiana Hornos
  • Gary Hunt
Production companies
Release
Original networkTV One
Picture formatPAL
Audio formatStereophonic
Original release20 September 2005 (2005-09-20) –
14 September 2008 (2008-09-14)

Some of the archive footage seen on the show has never been seen on television before because it was deemed too shocking by TV executives to screen at the time. Some material created for the programme, including the 1920s-style animated series Happy Hori, is presented as though it were archival.[1]

The series does not tackle history chronologically, instead each episode explored a topic.

This country was shaped by visitors and the first episode examines the impact of such diverse guests as sheep, Colonel Sanders, the Shah of Iran and Muhammad Ali on New Zealand. Famous troublemakers such as Hongi Hika, the Ingham Twins and the Neil Roberts' (the suicide bomber and the TV producer) feature in an episode devoted to Trouble.

Other episodes in the series consider some of the country's most powerful people, its legends, and reveal some of the most shocking and sexiest moments in the nation's history.

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (2005)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
11"Visitors"20 September 2005 (2005-09-20)
22"Sex"27 September 2005 (2005-09-27)
33"Trouble"4 October 2005 (2005-10-04)
44"Escape"10 October 2005 (2005-10-10)
55"Power"18 October 2005 (2005-10-18)
66"Belief"25 October 2005 (2005-10-25)
77"Shock"12 November 2005 (2005-11-12)

Series 2 (2007)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
81"Fame"12 February 2007 (2007-02-12)
92"Leisure"19 February 2007 (2007-02-19)
103"Evil"5 March 2007 (2007-03-05)
114"Ingenuity"12 March 2007 (2007-03-12)
125"Money"19 March 2007 (2007-03-19)
136"Conflict"26 March 2007 (2007-03-26)
147"Folly"2 April 2007 (2007-04-02)

Series 3 (2008)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
151"Spirituality"6 January 2008 (2008-01-06)
162"Future"13 January 2008 (2008-01-13)
173"Crime"20 January 2008 (2008-01-20)
184"Greed"27 January 2008 (2008-01-27)
195"Beauty"22 June 2008 (2008-06-22)
206"Fear"29 June 2008 (2008-06-29)
217"Tribes"6 July 2008 (2008-07-06)

Series 4 (2008)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleOriginal air date
221"Politics"13 July 2008 (2008-07-13)
232"Leaders"20 July 2008 (2008-07-20)
243"Elections"27 July 2008 (2008-07-27)
254"Issues"3 August 2008 (2008-08-03)
265"Entertainment"31 August 2008 (2008-08-31)
276"Delinquents"7 September 2008 (2008-09-07)
287"Aroha"14 September 2008 (2008-09-14)

CrewEdit

  • Lee Baker (director)
  • Jonathan Brough (Director 'Dr Rangi' & various segments)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Diana Wichtel (29 October 2005). "Yore Call". The Listener. Retrieved 1 May 2017.

External linksEdit