Coun­try a plen­ti­ful source of sto­ries

The TV Guide - - MR TELLY -

Coun­try Cal­en­dar is an in­sti­tu­tion on New Zea­land tele­vi­sion, but let’s face it, we have re­cently had an ab­so­lute sur­feit of farms, farms, farms. Oc­ca­sion­ally we are given a change with fish­ing or wine. Well, how about these for ideas. As the ‘coun­try’ con­sists of more than just farm­ing, why not put to­gether some pro­grammes on ... What has be­come of the old dairy fac­to­ries around the coun­try? There must be hun­dreds of them with great sto­ries to tell. Also, tim­ber and milling; the many won­der­ful branches of Ru­ral Women would have sto­ries of achievement to share; truck­ing com­pa­nies and the huge va­ri­ety of goods, stock etc they carry; vin­tage ma­chin­ery mu­se­ums; how our milk gets from cow to table; hay mak­ing from the ‘olden days’ to to­day; wool from the sheep’s back to the blan­ket or hu­man back; grain from seed to shop. I am sure that if the pro­duc­ers of Coun­try Cal­en­dar put their col­lec­tive heads to­gether they would come up with such a va­ri­ety of pro­grammes, we would never be bored again.

Poppy’s Nan (In­ver­cargill)

Ryan O’Kane as Dy­lan on Short­land Street

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