It’s in the Bag

Sunday 8 May 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

We head further down the East Coast this week. After queuing for a seat in Kaiti, the packed hall showed its aroha by singing to Stacey and Pio in a pre-show burst of musical spontaneity.

Sunday 15 May 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

It was extremely hot in the Nuhaka school but the locals didn’t let the heat get to them. They pushed Stacey and Pio all the way to make them hand out cash and prizes to their community.

Sunday 29 May 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

In the beautifully restored Gaiety Theatre of Wairoa, Pio and Stacey put on a show to be remembered. It’s in the Bag celebrates why small town Wairoa is the place to be!

Friday 22 April 2011, 8.00 pm on Maori Television

Part two of the Grand Final from the Auckland Town Hall from the 2010 series finale. All 12 winners from all the regional shows head to the big smoke to play for the big prizes and to see who will be the toast of their town.

Sunday 24 April 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

Stacey Morrison and Pio Terei hit the road again for a brand new series of this iconic New Zealand game show. Ruatoria packs the whare out and then tries to lift the roof off with laughter and cheering.

Sunday 17 April 2011, 6.30 pm on Maori Television

Stacey Morrison and Pio Terei hit the road again for a brand new series of this iconic New Zealand game show. First up, the beautiful east coast township of Te Araroa. What’ll it be, the money or the bag?

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison take the laughs across heartland New Zealand – and even on The Interislander ferry – in the third series of Kiwi favourite IT’S IN THE BAG, starting on Sunday April 17 on Māori Television.

The bi-lingual entertainment show travels to the East Cape, Hawke’s Bay, Cook Strait and the top of the South Island wowing the locals with fancy frocks (but generally not on Pio) and prizes ranging from the fabulous to funny as locals vie for a cash prize – or the mystery item in the peke (bag).

“The new series of IT’S IN THE BAG is hugely entertaining,” says Terei, “and because it’s a relaxed, unscripted show, that dry, quick Kiwi humour comes bubbling out. There are a vast number of natural-born comedians in small-town New Zealand.”

Stacey says IT’S IN THE BAG is “real-deal reality TV that shows us getting back to who we really are as New Zealanders. Everyone knows what they are in for and everyone comes with their cheeky undies on, ready for a good night out.”

The format of IT’S IN THE BAG remains much the same as it was in the 1970s, when Selwyn Toogood toured the show around New Zealand. Contestants must answer three questions relating to their region to get a chance to play for the money or the bag.

Poker-faced Pio offers an increasing amount of cash in exchange for the bag … and with the audience chipping in, the pressure is on.

What’ll it be, New Zealand – something flash like a multi kai cooker, or a hula hoop? Or an iPad or a red mustang car – a toy one that is!

The two highest-scoring contestants from each show have a chance to compete in the grand final, to be held in Porirua in June.

More than 6,800 people attended the 12 regional shows that were filmed over summer, says producer Libby Hakaraia, and entry koha raised more than $8,500 for local charities. “We were amazed how patiently and for how long people would queue in all weathers to take part,” she says. “And they came out determined to enjoy good family entertainment that really celebrates who we are.”

Sunday October 31 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

Part two of the Grand Final, filmed at the Auckland Town Hall. All 12 winners from all the regional shows head to the big smoke to play for the big prizes and to see who will be the toast of their town!

Sunday October 24 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

What’ll it be Aotearoa, the money or the bag? Join Stacey Morrison and Pio Terei for the Grand Final at the Auckland Town Hall! All 12 winners return from all the regional shows – plus one lucky competition winner. Find out who will be toast of the town as they pack up their whanau and head to the Big Smoke to play for the big prizes. Part one of a two-part programme.

Sunday September 5 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison blaze through Bay of Plenty, Waikato and the Far North, for a second Maori Television series of a truly iconic New Zealand game show. Tonight features a kuia with 45 grandchildren, and a young Murupara man who is determined to put his town on the map.