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Gloss

Gloss was a 'glitter-soap.' The series was first conceived by producer Janice Finn in 1985, in the heady days of Rogernomics (the new-right economic changes of the Labour government) and a booming share market, when urban high living was taking off, especially in Auckland. It concerned a wealthy family, the Redferns, and their high-fashion magazine edited by smart yuppie Maxine Redfern (Ilona Rodgers). Rosemary McLeod wrote the initial concept and James Griffin prepared the scripts. By the time the 55 50-minute episodes screened, from 1987 to 1990, the stockmarket boom was over, but the excesses and melodrama of the show made Gloss popular viewing. This clip is from the first episode.

Watch the whole programme on the NZ On Screen website.

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Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - Television drama', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/45705/gloss (accessed 23 November 2019)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014