Edi­tor’s let­ter

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - What a Week! - SIDO KITCHIN EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF, WO­MAN’S DAY

Irushed through Auck­land traf­fic to get to the Short­land Street 25th party last week, but the spe­cial screen­ing of the fea­ture­length episode was al­ready un­der­way. I snuck into the back row in the dark­ness, ask­ing a guy to let me squeeze past, and did a dou­ble take when Lionel (aka John Leigh) said “Sure, Sido” – the first of many bizarre mo­ments of an un­for­get­table evening.

Wow, it was an ex­plo­sive episode – a vol­canic erup­tion send­ing the lives of those we know and love on Shorty into ab­so­lute chaos – all on the very day Chris Warner, who has been di­ag­nosed with leukaemia, was hav­ing a party to cel­e­brate mak­ing it to 50. The may­hem that un­folded was so in­tense, cul­mi­nat­ing in fi­nal scenes that had me reach­ing for my tis­sues.

But in true Shorty style, the heart­break of the worst day in Ferndale’s his­tory was beau­ti­fully bal­anced with hu­mour and warmth. It was lovely to see the re­turn of beloved Marj, Nick, Waver­ley and Stu­art (swoon!). What a treat. And I loved Lionel’s cameo! Nick’s one-lin­ers were a wel­come re­lief from all the panic. He had some ab­so­lute pearlers – who will for­get, “Yes, I’m a sperm vol­cano!” I’m sure that line con­trib­uted to dar­ling Marj’s dicky ticker giv­ing way. But her fi­nal words, “Life’s too short and won­der­ful for re­grets”, were just beau­ti­ful.

All of us at the party – in­clud­ing past and present cast – felt huge pride as we cel­e­brated the 25-year mile­stone.

Re­al­ity TV is hot these days – and our cover story with sweet­hearts Zac and Viarni marks the suc­cess of The Bach­e­lor this year – but for me, there is noth­ing that com­pares to the thrill of great drama on tele­vi­sion. And Short­land Street may be a soap, but the 25th episode proved what a fabulous drama se­ries it is. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Shorty!

s s, SIDO WITH CLAIRE CHITHAM, THERESA HEALEY & TEUILA BLAKELY

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