It’s in the Bag

Sunday August 15 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. Packed with laughter, great contestants, heaps of aroha, and prizes that range, as ever, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Who will win the overseas trip? And who will push their luck, only to go home with a humble mousetrap? Tune in to this much-loved Kiwi classic to find out. Tonight: They queued for a seat and they got what they came for in Kawakawa – big prizes and big laughs!

Sunday August 8 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

The money or the bag, New Zealand? The country’s favourite game show returns for a second Maori Television series, in the capable hands of Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison. Tonight: Kaeo packs its school hall for a night of laughter as locals try to pick the big prize. One character leaves the hosts speechless as he promises to ride his horse to the grand final in Auckland!

Sunday August 1 at 7.00 PM on Maori Television

Season premiere! 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. Packed with laughter, great contestants, heaps of aroha, and prizes that range, as ever, from the sublime to the ridiculous. Who will win the overseas trip? And who will push their luck, only to go home with a humble mousetrap? Tune in to this much-loved Kiwi classic to find out.

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison are set to blaze through the halls and theatres of our heartland towns for a second Maori Television series of IT’S IN THE BAG.

The perfect antidote to a cold winter’s evening, this Kiwi classic will beam into homes for family entertainment from Sunday August 1 at 7.00 PM.

New Zealand’s favourite game show – with a te reo twist – returns packed full of laughter and real people.

“This series we travelled to twelve towns in Northland, Bay of Plenty and Waikato. Pio and Stacey and our 30-strong crew all agreed it was the best show we’d worked on – full of great people and hilarious moments!” says producer Libby Hakaraia, of Bluebach Productions.

The format of the show remains much the same as it was in Selwyn Toogood’s era, with a few adjustments for the 21st Century. Contestants are chosen from the audience in a warm up game, and must answer three questions to get a chance to play.  Once through, contestants play poker-faced Pio, and walk a fine line between netting the cash and taking a chance on the mystery prize in their chosen kete.

Join in the fun as competitors weigh up their chances of winning cash, an overseas holiday, power tools, tvs and other fantastic prizes. For those who push their luck too far, an array of delightful booby prizes awaits, from tins of gerkhins to mousetraps!

At the end of each game the two highest scoring contestants return to the stage to play for a chance to compete in the grand final to be held in Auckland in October.

“Much more than the prizes, the name of this game is fun!” says Stacey Morrison. “We’ve met some great people and had a great time, it’s the locals who have been the real talent.”

This season will see Pio pull out his guitar for the first time, as the audience members play Face The Waiata. The first person in the room to name the famous tune he sings in Maori gets to play for the money or the bag. The rest of New Zealand can also enter via the online Web Bag game at www.itsinthebag.co.nz

Over 3,500 people came to see the shows during filming, and their koha raised over $8,000 for local charities.

That’s real money from real people.” says Pio. “And they are what the show is all about. It has real heart and it’s a real celebration of small town New Zealand.”

Classic Kiwi television re-made for a modern audience – IT’S IN THE BAG premieres on Maori Television on Sunday August 1 at 7.00 PM.

 

Sunday July 5 at 7.00 PM

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison team up to bring back this classic family entertainment show. This week: from Waikanae. Local contestants qualify with their general knowledge for a chance at the big question; the money or the bag?

Sunday June 28 at 7.00 PM

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison team up to bring back this classic family entertainment show. This week: from Shannon. Local contestants qualify with their general knowledge for a chance at the big question; the money or the bag?

Sunday June 21 at 7.00 PM

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison team up to bring back this classic family entertainment show, this week from the Manawatu community of Halcombe. Local contestants qualify with their general knowledge for a chance at the big question; the money or the bag?

It’s in the Bag is heading to Otaki this week & Pio Terei & Stacey Morrison ask them the questions.

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Sunday June 7 at 7.00 PM

Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison team up for the first time to bring back this classic family entertainment show, made famous by Selwyn Toogood. This week: from the town of Foxton. Local contestants qualify with their general knowledge for a chance at the big question; the money or the bag?

Packed with catchphrases that delighted a nation, like ‘by hokey!’ and ‘the money or the bag?’, New Zealanders first took this television show to their hearts decades ago.

Now the bona fide homegrown hit, IT’S IN THE BAG – the show that travels to the halls and theatres of our heartland towns and beams into homes for family entertainment – is set to make a comeback, and premieres on Maori Television from Sunday May 31 at 7.00 PM.

Two of this country’s warmest and most entertaining presenters – Pio Terei and Stacey Morrison (nee Daniels) – team up for the first time to lead the revival of this popular programme.

The core format of the show remains much the same as people remember it from Selwyn Toogood’s era. Contestants must still answer questions to get a chance to play, usually on topics that rely on local area knowledge.  Once through, players must still walk the fine line between netting the cash on offer, and taking a chance on the mystery prize contained in their selected bag.

But this time, producers have taken account of the changing times to make the show bi-lingual, calling on Morrison’s undoubted strengths as a reo Maori speaker.

There has also been a move to make the male and female roles equal, which means if Stacey is ever asked to ‘give us a twirl’ to show off her frock, Pio might well find he is required to do the same.

“It’s the 2009 version, which means both presenters have equal footing,” says producer Libby Hakaraia. “They’re really excited, and really into the kaupapa of going into heartland towns.  They are both so quick-witted, and their ability to work off each other means non-stop entertainment. We just think people are really going to get into the spirit of it.”

Those who take part in the show still run the risk of being sent home with an imaginative booby prize – anything from a sack of kina to a loaf of Aunty Wai’s rewana bread – which many may argue is still well worth playing for.

At the other end of the spectrum, some lucky winners may get to take home a new TV or take an exotic holiday.

But more than the prizes, the show will be about fun, whether as a night out or a television viewer.

Says Terei: “I have been waiting all my life to do this show.  I think I may have been in training for it all along!”

And Morrison: “I love that this show is putting positive energy and fun back into our small towns, which so often get missed by entertainers and television.  This show has a huge heart, and that’s certainly what attracted me.”

Classic Kiwi television re-made for a modern audience – IT’S IN THE BAG premieres on Maori Television on Sunday May 31 at 7.00 PM.