It’s a night fraught with pres­sure, rated ’ re­ally. It is to­tally over-

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD - WITH AGONY OF NEW YEAR’S EVE CRE­ATOR, ADAM ZWAR THE AGONY OF NEW YEAR’S EVE 8.25PM, THURS­DAY, ABC With Deb­bie Schipp

“I WAS sur­prised by the re­cep­tion Agony of ... [his fac­tual se­ries in­clud­ing Agony Aunts, Agony Un­cles and the Agony of Life] so far has had.

I al­ways hoped they would res­onate and you al­ways think when you are mak­ing some­thing that hope­fully peo­ple will find the same things ap­peal­ing that you do. That doesn’t al­ways hap­pen so when you get a heart­felt re­sponse you are very grate­ful for it.

The Agony of New Year’s Eve fea­tures seven or eight of our reg­u­lar aunts and un­cles in­clud­ing Lawrence Mooney, Fiona O’Lough­lin, Jess Har­ris, Tom and John El­liott and Dave O’Neil

I tried to se­lect peo­ple who would have had heart­break­ing as well as fun New Year’s Eves.

There are some sad sto­ries there. Dave O’Neil tells a very sad story of hitch­hik­ing to Mil­dura be­cause he’d fallen in love with a girl and he de­cided New Year’s Eve would be a good time to tell her that he loved her.

So he hitch­hiked to Mil­dura and then knocked on the door and she had a boyfriend. So he spent New Year’s Eve in the Mil­dura car­a­van park by him­self in a tent.

New Year’s Eve brings that sort of stuff out.

My New Year’s Eve story in­volves a girl as well. You know, you go out with hope and she ends up with some­one else – I re­mem­ber that when I was prob­a­bly 21.

I ask other ques­tions like how im­por­tant is it to get the venue right? How far should it be from home? Should you make res­o­lu­tions? Who shouldn’t you stand next to as the clock strikes 12?

It’s a night fraught with pres­sure, re­ally. It is to­tally over-rated. So many peo­ple just hop­ing they’ll have a good time be­cause there’s some sort of sus­pi­cious thing that if you’re not hav­ing a good time on New Year’s Eve that your whole year will some­how be ter­ri­ble.

You will see more of the Agony of … se­ries in 2015. We are or­gan­is­ing all of that now.

I think it will be just called Agony and each week it will be a dif­fer­ent kind of ‘hot but­ton’ or is­sue.

We’ve got more Agony on the ball and are writ­ing Low­down for the Amer­i­can mar­ket.

I don’t know when that will go into pro­duc­tion but we have been de­vel­op­ing it for a while now.”

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