3rd Degree: current affairs show, brom-com, or Freemason ritual?

by Toby Manhire / 06 March, 2013
Some shallow thoughts on the promotional video for TV3's new show.
Third Degree burns: Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner.


Only two days to go until New Zealand television screens are lit up by the first flashy new current affairs programme with a number in its name for at least a month.

You’ll have seen by now TV3’s promotional video for 3rd Degree, with frontmen Duncan Garner and Guyon Espiner in a high-level strategy meeting.

It makes Agent Anna seem like a science documentary.

“We’re gonna get flak for this,” says Espiner, looking mildly embarrassed at what he’s agreed to take part in.

Maybe he means they’re going to get gently mocking flak for their silly promo.

“I don’t care,” says Garner.

“Don’t you want the answer?” asks Garner.

“I do,” says Espiner.

“If we don’t get to the bottom of the story ...” begins Espiner.

Garner: “Then what’s the bloody point?”

Espiner does not answer, for fear that Garner would just talk all over him again.

Such a comedy classic hardly needed any further embellishment, but it nonetheless has inspired a bromance, or brom-com, reinterpretation (via Dan News).

Meanwhile secret footage of the opening episode has emerged.

Authenticity has not been confirmed, but to my untrained eye this appears to be Espiner and Garner.

Update, March 6: Campbell Live double-act Tristram Clayton and Lachlan Forsyth have, how to put it, paid homage to their TV3 comrades in advertising this evening's show. Sadly the camera cuts away just moments before their embrace.

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