Shearing Gang

nz-on-air-logo-300The December announcements for what is coming to our screens in 2014 are coming thick and fast.  This time it’s the announcement for documentary and factual programming.

NZ On Air has invested $4.8m in high quality local documentary and factual programmes in its latest funding decisions, including three one-off documentaries for prime-time. Topics covered range from art, science and architecture, to history and health.

“We had an incredible batch of stand-out local documentary proposals this round. There is no shortage of strong, well-researched ideas for documentaries,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

Three one-off documentaries on significant events for New Zealanders have been supported. Diamonds In The Rough, on TV One, will tell the stories of the women who lost their loved ones in the Pike River mine. Continue reading »

NZ On Air has given the green light for a number of new programmes and some established favourites in its latest TV funding round.

Keeping It Pure will be an ambitious six-part documentary series examining environmental practices in New Zealand, the challenges, and how the country measures up to its 100% Pure ambition.

The series has been supported through the Platinum Fund and will screen on Prime. Continue reading »

9:40pm Tuesday, April 10 on Prime

Reality Series

It’s the final stay out of the year and the rain keeps the gang out of the shed. At first they enjoy a bit of diving for seafood. But soon the days off hit their pockets and the gang starts getting grumpy. When Lily, the gang’s mascot dog, makes a disgrace of herself, it all hits the fan.

9:40pm Tuesday, March 27 on Prime

Reality Series

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing… to be shorn! Shearing Gang is a series that goes behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs. In this episode, Peter Lyon has two very different shears to get under way. Kawarau is an old shear with old gear that is always threatening to break down, and Branches is a very new shed but with a dodgy electricity supply. Then the unthinkable happens…

9:40pm Tuesday, April 3 on Prime

Reality Series

Peter Lyon is under pressure. He’s choosing the sheep for New Zealand’s only merino shearing competition – but the boys just can’t make up their minds as to what makes a “good looking” sheep. Then the Australians arrive to steal the silverware and its game on!

9:40pm Tuesday, March 13 on Prime

Reality Series

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing… to be shorn! Shearing Gang is a colourful character-driven series that goes behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs. In this episode, a mob of All Blacks are arriving to celebrate 100 years at Stonehenge. But first, farmer Jim Hore has a mob of sheep to shear for picky Italian wool buyers. Meanwhile, leading shed hand Tia sees an opportunity to take over the prestigious job as Stonehenge’s wool classer.

 

Tuesday 6th March 9.35pm

 

Reality Series

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing… to be shorn! Shearing Gang is a colourful character-driven series that goes behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs. In this episode, a mob of All Blacks are arriving to celebrate 100 years at Stonehenge. But first, farmer Jim Hore has a mob of sheep to shear for picky Italian wool buyers. Meanwhile, leading shed hand Tia sees an opportunity to take over the prestigious job as Stonehenge’s wool classer.

9:35pm Tuesday, February 28 on Prime

Reality Series

With a huge mob to shear, Peter Lyon decides to send in the O’Neill brothers. They’re his fastest gang – but get them together in a woolshed and they’re trouble. Adding to the conflict is brother Mouse O’Neill, who needs to get the two day shear done in a day and half so he can get to his son’s birthday party.

9:35pm Tuesday, February 21 on Prime

Reality Series

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing… to be shorn! Shearing Gang is a colourful character-driven series that goes behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs, all set against some of our most jaw-dropping beautiful landscapes. In this episode, shearing on one of Central Otago’s iconic stations takes a tricky turn when lead ganger Goz has to rein in hard partying Eric. Meanwhile, Pete has his hands full dealing with restless workers back at his Alexandra base.

9:35pm Tuesday, February 14 on Prime

Reality Series

There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand and they all need one thing… to be shorn! Shearing Gang is a colourful character-driven factual series that goes behind the scenes to reveal the tensions, humour, pressures and expertise of New Zealand’s premiere shearing gangs, all set against some of our most jaw-dropping beautiful landscapes. In this episode, can John hold it together and cut out the sheep, so his daughter’s wedding reception can be held in the woolshed this weekend? Meanwhile, lead shearer Mouse O’Neill has family issues of his own.