Saturday Morning for Saturday 25 November 2023
8:10 Michael Rosen: getting over it, and getting through it
"Passionate linguist, gifted humanist, national treasure and ambassador of gibberish" is a judge's description of this year's PEN Pinter prize winner, Michael Rosen.
The British poet, author and performer has written more than 200 books, including Sad Book, which chronicles Rosen's grief over the loss of his son Eddie, and children's classic We're Going on a Bear Hunt.
That book inspired the Covid lockdown teddy bear hunt - which saw bears appearing in windows, really to be spotted by children out walking.
Rosen was unaware of all of this however, as he was in intensive care with severe Covid.
His memoir Getting Better explores his experiences of trauma and grief and how to live in the aftermath of tragedy.
8:50 The coalition government and the Treaty
The new National-ACT-NZ First coalition government says it will introduce a Treaty Principles Bill, based on ACT policy, and support it to a Select Committee.
So what could this mean for Māori?
Annabelle Lee Mather is a producer and reporter on TVNZ's Mata Reports and co-host of The Spinoff's political podcast Gone by Lunchtime.
9:05 Adrian Edmondson: the more you hurt yourself the more they laugh
British comedian, actor and writer Adrian Edmondson found fame in the 1980s, playing anarchic medical student Vyvyan alongside Rik Mayall in The Young Ones. They also starred together in Bottom and in The Comic Strip Presents, along with Dawn French and Edmondson's wife Jennifer Saunders.
Edmondson went on to star in Filthy Rich & Catflap while taking roles in Blackadder, Absolutely Fabulous and even Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi.
His new memoir Berserker! traces his journey through life and comedy, from a Methodist, boarding school upbringing to his loving but complicated relationship with Mayall, who died in 2014.
9:30 Richard Flanagan: chain reactions
Booker Prize-winning Tasmanian writer Richard Flanagan's new novel looks at the choices we make and the chain reaction that follows.
By way of a literary love affair through nuclear physics to Flanagan's father's time as a Japanese POW, to Richard's own near-death experience, Question 7 explores the power of language, and of dreaming.
Richard Flanagan's novels are published in forty-two countries. He won the Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North and the Commonwealth Prize for Gould's Book of Fish. A rapid on the Franklin River is named after him.
10:05 Tim Minchin: Seriously funny
Australian musical comedian Tim Minchin is a swiss army knife of entertainment.
He can be political, silly, and tear-inducing - all within the course of a song.
As a composer he's written super-catchy songs for the mega-hit musical based on Roald Dahl's Matilda, which won a record 7 Olivier Awards, and 5 Tony Awards.
In 2020 he released a studio album of more serious songs, "Apart Together".
He also acts on stage and the screen - with credits including Upright, Californication, and the upcoming Disney Plus series, The Artful Dodger. He has released a graphic novel and two children's books.
10:30 Gary McCormick: Karaoke, Kim and me
At the tender age of 72 Gary McCormick has no plans for retirement. The breakfast radio host is still touring small town New Zealand, as he did with Kim last century.
Gary explored a different Kiwi community for each episode of Heartland, his documentary series, and was a regular contributor from the Blue Bird Caferina in Gisborne every Thursday, when Kim hosted Nine to Noon.
Gary joins with stories of being stuck in small towns and singing karaoke with Kim until dawn.
11:00 Playing favourites with Kim Hill
In a turning of turn-tables, Kim chooses the tracks and answers the questions, as our host of Saturday Morning bows out after 21 years.
Along with the nation, Bryan Crump asks "Why Kim? Why?"
Books featured on the show
Getting Better - Life lessons on going under, getting over it, and getting through it
by Michael Rosen
Published by Ebury Press
by Adrian Edmondson
Published by Macmillan
by Richard Flanagan
Published by Knopf Australia