Best of the Web: April 9, 2016

by Fiona Rae / 08 April, 2016
Including tributes to Country Calendar's Frank Torley, and historian Mary Beard's Meet the Romans.
Frank Torley: his legacy lives on.
Frank Torley: his legacy lives on.


COUNTRY SUPERSTAR: RIP to Country ­Calendar’s Frank Torley who died ­suddenly on March 26, after more than 50 years in broadcasting. His legacy lives on in the way the show goes about filming our rural people and places, producer Julian O’Brien told us in March. “Frank has always said that we’ve got to make that week as much fun and as enjoyable as we can.” NZ on Screen has a down-to-earth chat with Torley from 2011 as well as a collection of items from his career, including programmes he produced, such as 2001’s From Here to Maternity and the 1981 final of A Dog’s Show. RNZ National also has a collection of audio.

ORDINARY ROMANS: Another down-to-earth presenter is British historian Mary Beard. If you like the look of Rome: Empire Without Limit in our Documentaries section, here’s Beard’s 2012 series Meet the Romans, in which she looks at what life was like for ordinary ancient Romans. “We can still have a conversation with them, even 2000 years later.”



SVOD HIGHLIGHT: What’s good in subscription video on demand. It’s been a huge droughtlander, as the fans say, but season two of “kilty pleasure” Outlander lands on April 10 on Lightbox (lightbox.co.nz). Our time-travelling hero Claire Fraser is in France, where the tartan makes way for the sumptuous, elaborate gowns of the 18th century.

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