The Golden Hour

iemmyThe New Zealand documentary “The Golden Hour” has been nominated for an International Emmy.

The nominees were revealed Cannes, France. It is up against three other nominees – South Korea, Mexico and France – in the Documentary category of the awards from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

At the November ceremony the Academy will also present film and television creator (Revolution, Person Of Interest), writer and director J.J Abrams with the 2013 Founders Award. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 25. Continue reading »

8:30pm Sunday, July 22 on TV One

TV ONE’s Sunday Theatre – The Audi New Zealand series continues with the inspirational story of New Zealand’s greatest ever day at the Olympics, in The Golden Hour.

Based on the true-life heroics of iconic New Zealand Olympians Peter Snell and Murray Halberg, and their visionary coach Arthur Lydiard, The Golden Hour is the story of three men who shared the same dream. A dream almost no one thought they were capable of achieving.

Spanning the years between the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 1960 Rome Olympics, The Golden Hour follows Halberg as he reaches out to a new coach, Lydiard. Halberg starts a new training regime that is so far outside of conventional 1950’s thinking, that others warn him that he is putting his life in danger. But the results speak for themselves.

Tensions are raised when a new-comer is introduced to Lydiard’s tightly-knit training group. 19-year-old Peter Snell becomes a special project for Lydiard, who immediately sees his winning potential, much to the annoyance of Halberg and the other runners.

As the three men make their long journey to Rome, the hopes of a nation rest on their shoulders. And on 2nd September 1960, within one hour, they will make New Zealand history.

The Golden Hour features compelling candid interviews from the men today and combines archived film with original drama scenes to give an incredibly intimate picture of these exceptionally driven men. Together, these three men provide us with the truly inspirational story of New Zealand’s greatest ever day at the Olympics.

The Golden Hour has being showing on TV One and seems to have been largely unnoticed by most people. It features ordinary people under pressure, sometimes doing heroic things and in comparison the “heroes” in Heroes are not really the ordinary people nor necessarily the heroes that the promos claim.

The Golden Hour is about a team of helicopter doctors in London. Each ep focuses on an event in which seveal people are injured, where lives are lost and/or are at risk. It’s thought that the doctors need to help people within the first hour after the accident, explosion etc. ie the golden hour.

Each ep begins with the disastrous event. Throughout the ep we get flash backs to the personal relationships of the doctors as they struggle to save lives often in dangerous conditions. And interwoven with this we get flash backs to the disaster and what the victims were doing immediately before it happened. This gradually builds up a picture as to what caused the disaster. So the story is partly the unfolding of a mystery that is usually explained towards the end of the ep.

These doctors and victims seem to be more like ordinary people to me than the main characters in Heroes. In Heroes the main characters are the glossy, pretty people we usually get in mainstream US shows. I also don’t think they come across as any more ordinary than someone like spiderman for instance. And the Heroes aren’t so much heroes as people with extraordinary abilities. they don’t necessarily do heroic things with them. I’ve enjoyed watching the first 3 eps of Heroes, but I don’t think it’s what it claims to be.

In contrast The Golden Hour hasn’t had the same amount of hype. It’s about flawed people with ordinary abilities who some times do heroic things under pressure in dangerous situations. It was made in 2005. It stars Richard Armitage who went on to play Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood.

I’ll be watching it rather than Lost on Wednesdays 8.30 pm TV one.


When a medical emergency incident occurs, the hour immediately following is the most critical period in a victim’s survival. ‘The Golden Hour’ can make the difference between life and death.

In new drama series ‘The Golden Hour’, Dr Alec Track (Richard Armitage) and his elite team of medics for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, race against time to save seriously injured patients while struggling to keep their personal relationships from interfering with the job.

Dr Jane Cameron (Zoe Telford) prides herself in being the lone female on the team, but against her better judgement finds herself falling for the professionally dedicated Track; the quick-spoken Dr Paul Keane (Ciaran McMenamin) makes sure his displeasure is known, but not his true intentions; and rounding out the team is bachelor Dr Naz Osbourne (Navin Chowdhry).

Richard Armitage, who recently appeared on our screens in the modern adaptation of Macbeth with James McAvoy and Keely Hawes, jokingly maintains that he has picked up a few life-saving skills from his real-life counterpart who accompanied him on the set.

“I think I could do a cardiopulmonary resuscitation – massaging the heart – but whether I would know when to do it is another question entirely. I can now suture wounds, take someone’s pulse, give them an aspirin and in fact, I could probably do quite a few procedures now. Not legally though. It all sounds a bit messy.”

Fellow cast member Navin Chowdry believes having actual surgeons on hand made a huge difference to the filming of the series. “They were on set advising us when we did procedures,” says Chowdry. “I think it’s the attention to detail that we strove for that will set this show apart from other medical series.”

“That, and the specifics about the helicopter emergency team, because it’s the only one in the country where they fly doctors to the scene of an accident as opposed to working in an emergency room.”

Zoe Telford agrees. “‘The Golden Hour’ is totally different from either ‘Casualty’ or ‘Holby City’. We did quite a lot of research, and joined some crash teams. We also had specialists whenever we were filming, and they would keep us right with medical knowledge about what goes where and so on. Each episode actually picks up from the accident and follows the hour after that. It tells the story of how the people came to be in the accident through flashback. I suppose it’s quite a similar technique to the one they use in ‘Lost’ at the moment. It’s really punchy stuff, and I really enjoyed making it.”

In the first episode, the HEMS team struggle to save a young boy who has been knocked down by a bus.