Story: Television

A dog's show

A dog's show seemed an unlikely candidate for television success. It simply recorded sheepdog trials around the country, with gumbooted farmers coaxing their dogs to herd sheep through gates and into pens with the aid of whistles and shouted commands. People loved the show, which ran from 1977 to 1992, partly because commentator John Gordon built up the tension of the battle between dog and unruly sheep, and partly because it played into New Zealanders' sense of their rural identity. This clip is from the 1984 final.

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Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - The rural and natural world on television', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/45719/a-dogs-show (accessed 18 November 2019)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014