NZ On Screen's legendary TV moments

20:43, May 26 2014

NZ on Screen is releasing a new edition of TV's most legendary TV moments. This time the public has spoken.  NZ On Screen Content Director Irene Gardiner introduces the 10 most watched clips.

Police Ten 7 (always blow on a pie) has come in at number one, and that is probably no great surprise to anyone as it has become such a well-loved part of our folklore. It's interesting to note, however, that it was barely noticed when it first screened on Police Ten 7. It was uploaded to YouTube some time later and went viral from there. People from all around the world now watch it on NZ On Screen.

The Loose Enz one-off TV play The Venus Touch caused such a stir when it first screened in 1982. Angela D'Audney was one of our top newsreaders, but also an occasional actress. And when her role demanded a topless scene, she duly obliged. I worked with Angela in the latter years of her life, and I know she thoroughly enjoyed the controversy at the time. She would love it that her famous moment is number two in our Top 10.

The number three title, Thingee's Eye Pop, is also an interesting one in terms of its origin. While people swear they saw it live as children and were traumatised by it, it didn't in fact screen live. It was an out-take which only became famous when it was used in a bloopers special some time after the event.

Numbers four and five in our countdown take a violent turn, with would-be politician Bob Jones bloodying the nose of TV journalist Rod Vaughan, and Eating Media Lunch pretending to kill Shrek the star sheep.

Chloe of Wainuiomata and her tiger slippers make a warm and fuzzy number six, and then things get combative again with two infamous TV current affairs interviews - Simon Walker and Rob Muldoon on Tonight, and Kim Hill and John Pilger on Face to Face with Kim Hill.

At number nine, we have the lovely David Tua "O for Awesome" moment from a celebrity edition of Wheel of Fortune. This too has some interesting history. Tua later tried to explain that he had actually said "O for Olsen", and if you listen hard it does sound like this may be the case. But the moment became so loved, even Tua gave up trying to explain himself and graciously went along with the common perception.

Number 10 is episode one of Shortland St and the immortal "You're not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata" line uttered to Temuera Morrison's globetrotting doctor by feisty Nurse Carrie Burton. What better way to close our countdown than with one of the most famous lines ever uttered on New Zealand television, from one of our longest-running and most-loved shows.

What is your most memorable TV moment?