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.

 
MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

A post-mortem on Todd Barclay and Matt McCarten's fiascos
76497 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z Politics

A post-mortem on Todd Barclay and Matt McCarten's …

by Jane Clifton

In the catalogue of disaster, is a Todd Barclay worse than a Matt McCarten?

Read more
The Trump family's Kremlin connection
76655 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z World

The Trump family's Kremlin connection

by Paul Thomas

From “nothing to see here” to a Cold War-era spy story played out in real life, the Trump family’s Kremlin connection is a source of fascination.

Read more
The Journey – movie review
76661 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z Movies

The Journey – movie review

by James Robins

A van isn’t a great vehicle for a drama on how old enemies ended the Troubles.

Read more
Gaylene Preston on the difficulties of filming at the United Nations
76664 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z Movies

Gaylene Preston on the difficulties of filming at …

by David Larsen

Tracking Helen Clark’s tilt for the top job at the United Nations, Gaylene Preston documented the creatures of the diplomatic world.

Read more
Jackie van Beek puts the gags aside for The Inland Road
76815 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z Movies

Jackie van Beek puts the gags aside for The Inland…

by Russell Baillie

Best known for her comedy roles, Jackie van Beek takes a dramatic detour in her feature-directing debut.

Read more
Parisian Neckwear plays the long game, even as its centenary approaches
76427 2017-07-24 00:00:00Z Small business

Parisian Neckwear plays the long game, even as its…

by Rob O'Neill

Parisian Neckwear, founded in 1919, has survived depression, war, deregulation and a deluge of cheap imports. How? Just feel the cloth.

Read more
David Tamihere case: Key witnesses' doubts about murder of Swedish tourists
76738 2017-07-23 00:00:00Z Crime

David Tamihere case: Key witnesses' doubts about m…

by Donna Chisholm

Nearly 30 years after young Swedish tourists Urban Hoglin and Heidi Paakkonen disappeared in the Coromandel key witnesses say the mystery haunts them.

Read more
Modern slavery and tourism: when holidays and human exploitation collide
76728 2017-07-23 00:00:00Z Social issues

Modern slavery and tourism: when holidays and huma…

by The Conversation

With the advent of orphanage tourism, travellers think they're doing good. But they can often just be lining the pockets of the orphanages' owners.

Read more