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12:15 No Such Thing As A Fish live!

We need to talk about fish - or rather English podcast No Such Thing As A Fish. The researchers of quiz show QI have produced an online phenomenon, and are bringing it out to New Zealand. Simon Morris spoke to lead Fishman/Elf Dan Schreiber.

No Such Thing As A Fish. Dan Schreiber is first on the left

No Such Thing As A Fish. Dan Schreiber is first on the left Photo: Supplied


12:30 Photographer Ans Westra’s digital drive

An Ans Westra exhibit at Suite Gallery marks the end of a 3-year project by the National Library to digitise and preserve her life's work.

Ans is the photographer behind many famous images of life in New Zealand including the legendary Washday at the Pa series in 1963.

There are 150,000 images in total documenting life since Ans arrived sixty years ago.

The driving force behind both the exhibition and digitization project is her friend and agent David Alsop. Charlotte Wilson talked to him and Ans' half-sister Yvonne.


12:46 Dick Frizzell & Johnson Witehira’s Art Ache

Art Ache is for the budding art-lover who wants to connect with New Zealand art, but isn't quite sure where to start.

It's a twice-yearly exhibition started some five years ago in Auckland, and is now being rolled out around the country. The intention of director Aimee Ralfini is to make art affordable. With that purpose she's invited some established, and opinionated artists like Dick Frizzell and Johnson Witehira - to sell and chat about their works.


1:10 At The Movies

Simon Morris looks at the latest star-studded version of the old Agatha Christie war-horse Murder on the Orient Express, the social media satire Ingrid Goes West, and a story about real-life fire-fighters – Only The Brave.

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 Murder on the Orient Express Photo: supplied


1:30 An unlikely Kiwi Christmas

New Zealand film-makers certainly make a lot of genres - from Middle Earth spectaculars and horror spoofs to the experimental drama of Waru. But we do tend towards the dark side. It's very rare we go in for bright, family comedies. Until now...

Simon Morris speaks to Tony Simpson, the writer and director of the unashamed family film Kiwi Christmas.


1:45 Screen Gems – Artists on celluloid

What is it about the movies and artists? We love watching people slapping that paint on - whether it's Timothy Spall as Turner, Colin Firth creating The Girl with a Pearl Earring, or Jack painting Rose on the Titanic.

Clearly it's much more visually engaging than watching someone writing a book or composing a symphony. Irene Gardiner was inspired for this week's Screen Gems by a new film about Vincent Van Gogh – Loving Vincent. Irene’s picks include Pollock and Colin McCahan I Am.


2:06 The Laugh Track – Terror-Fi’s James Partridge

Terror-Fi Film Festival

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It's a strange thing, but so many people love scary movies - particularly in New Zealand. Now there's a new source of scares on the scene - the Terror-Fi Film Festival at Weta Workshop's favourite cinema -The Roxy in Wellington. The organiser of the premiere Terror--Fi Festival is James Partridge, who picks selections from Jack Whitehall, Jim Gaffigan, Dave Chappelle, and Jimmy Kimmel Live.


2:25 The Benefactor

The Benefactor by Sebastian Hampson.

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When an older man takes in a struggling artist in New York City, tongues are bound to wag. But in Sebastian Hampson's novel The Benefactor Henry Calder's intentions really are kindly rather than sinister.

The magazine editor has been widowed for less than a year and he's lonely, while at the same time at a crossroads in what's been a lucrative career.



2:35 False River

False River by Paula Morris.

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In False River, writer Paula Morris takes us from the dark days of Hurricane Katrina to a witch burning in Denmark to very personal reflections on her remarkable mother.

Paula told Lynn Freeman why some of the works in her latest collection are described as fiction that are now essays, while others were essays she now calls fiction.



2:45 My Heels Are Killing Me – A new eclecticism

New Zealand's design landscape is starting to reflect our multiculturalism. Four designers discuss how their cultural heritage inspires and challenges them and why being 'different' is an asset.


3:06 Drama at 3 – LifeAfter and Words Of Love

In episode 9 of sci-fi serial LifeAfter the FBI taskforce is getting desperate to find what has happened to hundreds of 'HereAfter' cultists who have suddenly vanished. FBI scientist Octavia has a brutal confrontation with the cult's mastermind.

New Zealand play Words of Love by Fiona Samuel has a cast that includes Robyn Malcolm, Dorothy McKegg, and Denise O’Connell.

Music played in this show

Artist: James Brown
Song: Night Train
Composer:Forrest, Washington
Album: James Brown Live at the Apollo 1962
Label: Polydor 861370
Played at: 12.12

Artist: Shangri Las
Song: The Train from Kansas City
Composer: Barry, Greenwich
Album: Myrmidons of Melodrama
Label: RPM 295506
Played at: 12.30

Artist:The O'Jays
Song: Love Train
Composer: Gamble, Huff
Album: The Essential O'Jays
Label: EPIC 690632
Played at: 12.58

Artist: Billy J Kramer
Song: Trains and Boats and Planes
Composer: Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
Album: 25 Years of Rock'N'Roll: 1965
Label: Connoiseur 739126
Played at: 1.07

Artist: Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour & His Orchestra
Song: It Takes a Long Long Train With a Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)
Composer: Peggy Lee with Dave Barbour & His Orchestra
Album:  All Aboard!
Label: ACE 670737
Played at: 1.42

Artist: Kelly Clarkson
Song: Just Missed the Train
Composer: Brisebois/Cutler
Album: Thankful
Label: RCA 168159
Played at: 1.58

Artist: Ringo Starr & The Fat Controller
Song: Thomas the Tank Engine
Composer: O'Donnell, Campbell
Album: Thomas the Tank Engine
Label: ABC Music
Played at: 2.04

Artist: Sidney Torch & Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
Song: Coronation Scot (signature tune for 'Paul Temple')
Composer: Martin
Album: The early Works of George Martin
Label: NOTNOW 495618
Played at: 2.35

Artist: Joe Cocker & The Mad Dogs and Englishmen
Song: Hitchcock Railway
Composer: Dunn
Album: The Best of Joe Cocker
Label: EMI 746190
Played at: 2.58

Artist: Rosetta Tharpe
Song: This Train
Composer: Tharpe
Album: Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Up Above My Head
Label: Indigo 264108
Played at: 3.04

Artist: Steve Winwood
Song: Night Train
Composer: Jennings, Winwood
Album: Arc of A Diver
Label: Island 842365
Played at: 3.58