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Hard News: It's In the Kete!

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  • Deborah,

    My dad was on It's in the Bag back when it was a radio show, in the booming metropolis of Ohura. It was a Big Deal for the community. Also a big deal for my mum and dad, who were very poor at the time (shepherds didn't get paid much), so the 70 pounds he won made a big difference to them.

    Manawatu City • Since Nov 2006 • 1310 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

    Oh, I am so going to this one. I love this version of IITB. Pio Tere is a real pro, and I love the audiences. Some wearing pearls, some wearing swandri's.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Golly, so a time-tested and (spectacularly successful) local format gets a classy yet (I suspect) cost-effective re-boot.

    TVNZ take notes, is all I'll say.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11991 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Golly, so a time-tested and (spectacularly successful) local format gets a classy yet (I suspect) cost-effective re-boot.

    It's probably not cheap as such -- they're driving a whole production (in a bloody big truck) around the North Island -- but I think you do see the budget on screen.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18883 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It’s probably not cheap as such

    No, but I'm reasonably sure it's going to be cheaper, and more entertaining, than New Zealand's Got Talent. And not a penny of it going to under-write Simon Cowell's next personality by-pass. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11991 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    NZ's got talent?

    We are SO good at kicking someone who is doing their best. Oh...and those who reach up above. Whack! Hah! Another poppy.

    Rumour: Brent McKenzie uses ghost writers. He must have. Real Kiwi's can't do that.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1496 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Is the theme tune the same? Because MAN, do I love that theme tune.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3656 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Jeez, talk about dragging up old shite.
    It's in the Bag was a radio version of "Double Your Money" a British TV show fronted by the late Hughie Green, Paula Yates' father, Bob Geldof's partner (but that is another story for another long day) which had the line "Take the money or open the box". When adapted for radio in NZ it was not thought worth the money to employ a carpenter to make boxes. Selwyn had a seamstress run up some bags for the sake of the radio audience and in doing so changed the concept of the program to such an extent as to evade that annoying copyright thing.
    The parallels go deeper than you may think. Hughie Green went on to present a show called "Opportunity Knocks" (funnily enough, produced by Jess Yates, husband of Paula's mother, you do the math) OK, as it was never known was the precurse (sic) of Some cuntry's got talentless loons, or whatever.
    So, small world nothing changes blah blah blah.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4861 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    TVNZ take notes, is all I'll say.

    Please don't encourage them Craig. Gaia know's how they will 'improve' the show...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Jeez, talk about dragging up old shite.

    Grinch. Try watching it. It's lovely.

    It’s in the Bag was a radio version of “Double Your Money” a British TV show fronted by the late Hughie Green,

    Ah! That's what I was trying to find this morning. I knew it had a box rather than a bag.

    The parallels go deeper than you may think. Hughie Green went on to present a show called “Opportunity Knocks” (funnily enough, produced by Jess Yates, husband of Paula’s mother, you do the math) OK, as it was never known was the precurse (sic) of Some cuntry’s got talentless loons, or whatever.

    Of, there's been talent shows forever. We had Studio One and New Faces. What's new is the manipulative reality-TV element.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18883 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Grinch.

    Yeah, Grinch. ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6201 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    Homai Te Pakipaki on Maori TV is an excellent watch as well

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/default.aspx?tabid=535&pid=211

    so simple, so real and so freaking cool

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 338 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to bob daktari,

    +many

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What’s new is the manipulative reality-TV element.

    So, "The money, the Bag, or the mouthful of glutinous hag-fish?"
    Sounds lovely.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4861 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    Te Tepu, just on MTV, direct questions, clear answers, awe.
    http://www.maoritelevision.com/default.aspx?tabid=75&pid=129

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    1960. Maramarua Hall. Selwyn and the bag turned up. They had a very slick - and small - entourage that ran it. It was the radio version that had a sound guy, a hand waving director guy, Selwyn and the assistant whose name escapes me. All the gear was packed into one car and he was off late to the next town. He did tell us that there were people in the crowd who had been to previous shows and he recognised them. But his system of sorting the contestants meant he was able to rid most of them by hook or by crook. The hall was packed for about the three hours it took to set up sort/pick contestants, record, have half time, finish and clap frantically for the hand waving guy and wind it up. And then we waited.... waited... waited to hear the show broadcast which to a kid seemed like years.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1496 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    So, “The money, the Bag, or the mouthful of glutinous hag-fish?”

    Dear Steve B-
    we call lamprey/hagfish/slime-eels "kanakana" (because they dance in water - they look like swirls of silk, coming into freshwater from the sea) and we esteem them as a great delicacy...you leave them to exude their slime, kill them by severing their spinal cord, dry them for a day or 2, and then lightly smoke 'em.
    They are so much better, richer - and MUCH bigger! than the finest smoked Norwegian brisling.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    So, “The money, the Bag, or the mouthful of glutinous hag-fish?”

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Islander,

    Dear Steve B-

    Ah, but... my reference was intended to refer to a live specimen.
    The exuding of slime is a defence mechanism. When a predator tries to eat a hagfish it finds itself with a mouthful of choking slime. Not pleasant. The other interesting thing about these weird and wonderful creatures is that when they are feeding on carrion, a dead whale for instance, it will sink it's teeth into the flesh and tie itself into a knot, then it will slither trough it's own knot to gain purchase on it's meal thus tearing the flesh from the rotting carcass.
    Yuk. You love the strangest things Islander.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4861 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    You love the strangest things Islander.

    Yup, Steve B - you tried kina roe fresh from the echinoderm? Paua stomach soup?Water-fermented bull-kelp stipes?

    Yummy delicio!

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Jeanette King,

    I recall being told by a Tūhoe friend that they found out they were related to Selwyn and met up with him in the Whakatane RSA once when he was touring through ...

    Edgeware • Since Oct 2010 • 29 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    And one happy little gem of knowledge emerged: Selwyn Toogood, the famous host of It’s In the Bag on radio and TV, had always been proud of his whakapapa in Ngai Tahu (I guess the freckles were a giveaway).

    And he proudly mentions this in his autobiography, "Out of the Bag", though sadly he notes that his mother always wanted to keep that part of their ancestry hush-hush. "Out of the Bag" is a good read - look for it on Trade Me or at your local book fair.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1858 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Islander,

    Yummy delicio!

    I also steer clear of "Rotten Corn". As with most gourmet/cultural foods, their origin is in poverty, as in "if you could afford not to eat it you wouldn't".
    Examples;
    Snails.
    Frog's legs.
    Haggis.
    Tripe.
    Escamoles. (ant's eggs)
    Huhu grubs.
    Durian fruit.
    KFC.
    McGonads.

    But I guess we will have to get used to it if National stays in power much longer.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4861 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I also steer clear of “Rotten Corn”. As with most gourmet/cultural foods, their origin is in poverty, as in “if you could afford not to eat it you wouldn’t”.

    Or even Cannons Creek yearling.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4304 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    also steer clear of “Rotten Corn”

    I dont like kanga pirau either (or that other N.I delicacy, gorn-orf-shark.) And yes, there is an argument to be made that some culturally esteemed foods were originally for the poverty-stricken. However, huhu grubs, like kanakana (hagfish), were &*are* delicacies ( and importantly,especially in the old days, fat-rich foods. Like titi & other seasonally-taken birds...)

    Altho' I am of Scots descent, I dont like haggis - and I've always abominated tripe. I've patronised MacGonads (like!) once in my life...

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

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