January 19, 2014 by Doug Coutts
Senior Executive Programming and Content Commissioning and Editing Director Ivanna Fenner-Scollich said in a prepared statement that the new channel, called You Arsked For It, would showcase the very best of locally-produced reality-based programme-like product that money can buy. “Not much money though,” she said. “Budgets are tight and it’s not like we can really afford to pay anyone good. But we have a kid in the promos department who can add some music and effects so you won’t be able to tell the difference. Unless you look. Or Listen.”
WWNews has been lucky enough to gain a sneak preview of some of the programming on offer:
Posties. The hour-long 24-part series follows veteran postal delivery operative Warren on the delivery route he’s made his own over 30 years. In the first episode we find him having to backtrack because he’s inadvertently put No 22’s Chrisco catalogue into No. 28A’s letter-box. It’s going to cost him valuable time and there are showers forecast for later in the day.
The Real Real Estate. Brian and Wendy run a real estate agency in Marton. Sometimes they have a house to sell and once they had a buyer come in off the street. In this ten-part fly-on-the-wall series we’re with them 24/7 and catch all the action – in Episode One, they run out of tea-bags just minutes before the superette is due to close. To make matters worse, there’s a fly on the wall.
Blow Your Own. The search is on to find New Zealand’s best recorder virtuoso. Graham Brazier, Brendan Dugan and Hayley Westenra are the judges and the fun kicks off with the first of twelve audition weeks, starting in Twizel.
Kool in ‘Koura. Teenage girls everywhere like to dress up, wear make-up and pretend they’re the lively lasses on Jersey Shore. The Kool in ‘Koura team sets up in the mid-market seaside town of Kaikoura to capture the antics of the locals in the weeks leading up the School Ball season, but the catering van gets broken into and the Gaggia is missing.
Kitchen Rescue. Led by Dominic Bowden with his sleeves rolled up (and tie loosened), the team arrives unannounced to help remedy kitchen disasters. Series One discovers a nasty soup spillage – the first three programmes concentrate on mopping up the patch by the cat-flap. (Also available On Demand and There’s Nought Else Worth Watching.)
You Arsked For It unveils on February 7 on Sky Channel 765.9. Freeview viewers won’t miss out as it’s not available free-to-air.