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12:40 NZ On Screen - Christmas On Screen

There's no escaping the fact that Christmas is now just days away, so Irene Gardiner has been rummaging through NZ on Screen's Christmas Collection on our behalf.

12:50 The Great South Road Revisited

Previously we interviewed a filmmaker and historian who were just about to start their 200 kilometre walk along the Great South Road, from the edge of the King Country to Central Auckland. By the time we spoke to them Paul Janman and Scott Hamilton had already met strangers with stories to share about the historic road. While Paul works on the documentary which he hopes will be ready for 2016's New Zealand International Film Festival, Scott is writing a book about their trip.

1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris looks back on 2015 - a year of blokey triumphs at the start, followed by a surprising number of films led by, and aimed at, women. It was the year of the Franchise, though two of the most successful ended their run this year. And it was also a year of some intriguing one-offs, new faces and the year's smallest super-hero.

2016 Todd Scholar & new member of Royal New Zealand Ballet Georgia Powley

2016 Todd Scholar & new member of Royal New Zealand Ballet Georgia Powley Photo: New Zealand School of Dance.

1:35 Dancer to dancer

Second year New Zealand Dance School student Georgia Powley has been awarded a scholarship that will allow her to become part of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2016. The company will convene in in mid-January to prepare for their next show Speed of Light which will tour Dunedin, Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. Lynn Freeman spoke to Georgia along with her fellow Royal New Zealand Ballet dancer Laura Jones; who won the same Todd Scholarship prize back in 2012.

1:45 New Zealand performers entertain festive memories

The festive season is a time to let your hair out. But spare a thought for the entertainers who take the opportunity to make hay while the sun shines and for whom the festive season brings a mixed bag of offerings.

Life on the road brings with it unexpected circumstances for musician Laughton Kora; stage and screen actor Miriama McDowell tells us how a little gigantic Pukeko got caught in a trap, and DJ Sticky Fingaz shares some memories of his Christchurch days that have gone down in dance floor history. Sonia Sly finds out more.

2:06 The Laugh Track - Summer Report's Teresa Cowie & Ian Telfer

On The Laugh Track are the hosts of Summer Report. For the rest of the year Ian Telfer is RNZ News’ Otago Regional Reporter, while Teresa Cowie is a Journalist in the RNZ Wellington Newsroom. Their comedy choices are Tom Lehrer, sketch duo Armstrong and Miller, standups Adam Hills and Sarah Silverman, and Flight of The Conchords.

Summer Report presenters Teresa Cowie and Ian Telfer

Summer Report presenters Teresa Cowie and Ian Telfer Photo: RNZ

2:30 Teching out museums

Museums and galleries around America are experimenting with technology in an effort to keep visitors coming in while also getting them hooked on snazzy websites.

The Dowse Art Museum's director Courtney Johnston visited several of the big name galleries there while on a Winston Churchill Fellowship, to find out what's working and what's not.

Entangled Islands by Serie Barford

Entangled Islands by Serie Barford Photo: Supplied

2:40 Entangled Islands

A revealing collection of poems and ultra-short stories introduces us to many characters in the life of writer Serie Barford. Most are real, some are hybrids of people she's known, and together they look at what it means to be a Samoan New Zealander. Serie Barford’s Entangled Islands is published by Anahera Press.

2:52 Objectspace's crafty plans

A big push against technology, stress and mass production has seen the rise of movements like slow cooking, adult colouring, and the demand for handmade and bespoke arts and crafts. Craft remains a loaded work in the art world, but Auckland's Objectspace is this country's only public gallery dedicated to exhibiting craft, applied arts and design. The gallery's new director Kim Paton has big plans to take Objectspace into new territory. She's keen to push innovation and that includes the way work is exhibited and the kind of work being commissioned.

Objectspace's new director Kim Paton

Objectspace's new director Kim Paton Photo: Supplied

3:06 The Drama Hour - Voices of Gallipoli

The Drama Hour is Voices of Gallipoli by Maurice Shadbolt adapted for radio by Antony Grocer. One hundred years ago today the last NZ soldier was evacuated from Gallipoli.

Music played in this show

Artist: The Killers
Song: The Cowboys' Christmas Ball
Composer: Michael Martin Murphey, William Lawrence Chittenden
Album: (Red) Christmas EP
Label: Island Records
Played at: 12:12

Artist: The Darkness
Song: Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
Composer: J. Hawkins, D. Hawkins, Poullain, Graham
Album: Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
Label: Warner 708812
Played at: 12:38

Artist: Ghostface Killah
Song: Ghostface X-Mas
Composer: Coles, Simmons
Album: GhostDeini The Great
Label: Def Jam B0012442
Played at: 12:58

Artist: The Brunettes
Song: Christmas In The Summertime
Composer: J. Bree
Album: Christmas In The Summertime
Label: Zero Xmas 1
Played at: 1:10

Artist: Dick Hormer and the Comerader
Song: Futuristic Christmas Tree
Played at: 1:46

Artist: James Brown
Song: Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
Composer: Hank Ballard, James Brown, Alfred Ellis
Album: The Complete James Brown Christmas
Label: Hip-O Select, Polydor, Universal Music
Played at: 1:59

Artist: Ariana Grande
Song: Santa Tell Me
Composer: Grande, Saven Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadech
Album: Christmas Kisses
Label: Republic
Played at: 2:04

Artist: Tom Lehrer
Song: The Elements
Composer: Tom Lehrer, Arthur Sullivan
Album: An Evening Wasted with Tom Lehrer
Label: Reprise 927435
Played at: 2:10

Artist: Sarah Silverman
Song: That's What I Do
Composer: Sarah Silverman
Album: Jesus Is Magic
Label: Interscope B0003932
Played at: 2:16

Artist: Flanders & Swann
Song: First and Second Law
Composer: Flanders & Swann
Album: At The Drop Of Another Hat
Label: Parlophone
Played at: 2:20

Artist: Flight of The Conchords
Song: The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)
Composer: Jermaine Clement, Bret McKenzie
Album: Flight of The Conchords
Label: Sub Pop 870715
Played at: 2:25

Artist: Rufus Wainwright
Song: Spotlight On Christmas
Composer: Rufus Wainwright
Album: Maybe This Christmas Too?
Label: Nettwerk 303272
Played at: 3:59