Quick Bytes, including a collection of Jon Gadsby's work

by Fiona Rae / 31 December, 2015
Is there any way Donald Trump can be made more palatable?
JON NOT FORGOTTEN: After Jonah Lomu, New Zealand lost another icon last year – Jon Gadsby, comedian, writer and, as his funeral in Christchurch was told, an “all-round good bastard”. NZ on Screen has put together a collection of some of his work on the classics A Week of It, Letter to Blanchy and McPhail and Gadsby, as well as the sitcom written by Gadsby, Rabbiter’s Rest, which features Michael Haigh, Annie Whittle and Billy T James. There’s also his Intrepid Journey to Myanmar in 2004: tinyurl.com/NZLGadsby.

POSH DON: Is there any way Donald Trump can be made more palatable? Not really, although British actor Peter Serafinowicz has some fun ­overdubbing an interview the Republican ­candidate gave Barbara Walters in which he gives him a posh English accent: ­tinyurl.com/NZLBritTrump. Trump was a target in the latest GOP debate; in an item reminiscent of Jon Stewart, ­Stephen Colbert had a look at the fight: tinyurl.com/NZLGOPDebate.

SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. Short series Flesh and Bone on Lightbox (lightbox.co.nz) was a surprise inclusion in this year’s Golden Globes (see Monday), with noms for the series and lead actress Sarah Hay, who plays a troubled dancer in the fairly toxic world of New York ballet. Intense stuff from a former Breaking Bad writer and producer.

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