Sunday 18 November, 8.00am
This Sunday brings What Now’s final show of the year, and what a year it has been!
The What Now team have a Families Commission ‘Family Day Out’ show, with five families from Christchurch and Wellington competing for some amazing prizes and the glory winning the title of top family. “We love the Family Shows, its great fun seeing families from all walks of life work together as a team, and they have so much fun”, says presenter Charlie Panapa.
The show also presents the winning makeover from the ‘Family Space At Your Place’ competition, and what a transformation it is! This brings to close a fun-filled What Now for 2007… But the team have experienced a lot in the past year so can’t wait to start planning for 2008.
This year, What Now took 24 lucky kids from Ascot Community School, Invercargill, to Dreamworld in Brisbane, after the creative class made a prize-winning poster. It was a trip the whole team will never forget. Speaking of unforgettable, another highlight of the year happened in Waikato, where over 5,000 people turned up to the Hamilton Gardens to join in with the Guiness World Record Attempt – it was amazing to see that many people all doing the locomotion dance together on live TV.
What Now also had to say a big farewell to their much-loved presenter Tamati Coffey after four years of travelling around the country with Spyrider, bringing What Now out of the studio and into New Zealand communities. But this goodbye was followed by a warm welcome for the hilarious new Spyrider presenter, Tumehe Rongonui, who we’ve discovered is good enough to fill Tamati’s boots! Tumehe will continue his travels next year meeting lots of fun Kiwis from Balclutha to Waiheke Island.
Charlie, Serena and Richie are proud that there have been so many great competitions, amazing prizes and fantastic gunges throughout the year… such a lot of excitement that the team have decided to count it all up!
So in 2007: 66,116 kids entered to win What Now’s ‘Ultimate Freebie’ of the week and 17,654kms have been travelled in the Spyrider, visiting 86 small towns and only running out of petrol once. 6,300 children entered the monthly Star Greet and got to meet a famous person, 1,011 children designed a circus toy, 240 Goodie Bags were given away live on the show, 187 kids have been gunged, 30 kids have had a Birthday Bust in. Plus, 3 Pianos, 2 cars, 22 televisions, a carton of Brussel Sprouts and 363 broken toys have been destroyed in Crunch, Drop, Blast!
It’s been big and 2008 will be bigger. The House of Pain is getting a revamp, it will be all-new with more mess, and the interaction on the phones will bring the Ferocious Food Run and a cool ‘play-from-home’ telephone game so viewers can be involved in all the action. And as they have been doing every year, What Now will offer an incredible chance-of-a-lifetime trip out of New Zealand… this time taking two Kiwi families – with the presenters and the cameras – to Disneyland!
Say farewell to What Now this week, and start getting excited for next year as NZ’s best-loved kids show enters it’s 27th year.
Sunday 18 November, 8.00-10.00am on TV2.