So how did the failure that was Melody Rules affect the people involved? In this final episode, Geoff's on the road to find out and to discover what he's learned about himself and his perceived failure.
What were the Network people thinking when they made Melody Rules? Geoff gets their - surprisingly positive - take on the experience.
What were the network people thinking when they made Melody Rules? Geoff gets their - surprisingly positive - take on the experience.
Melody Rules is finally unleashed on a hyped-up New Zealand public and is greeted with virtual (and actual) hostility.
Geoff tracks down John Vorhaus, the sitcom guru. How did John get the job of training the young writers and what did he make of it all?
Geoff tracks down the man who directed all 40 episodes of Melody Rules and hears about the challenges he faced: inexperience,arguments with the actors, news cameras on loan, making a sitcom in a broom closet.
Even a badly chosen idea and a micro-managed script needs someone to play it. And casting is crucial ... especially with inexperienced actors.
Geoff and some of the original writing group talk about the 'odd' way Melody Rules came to be chosen, and how micro-management from the outset set the course for sitcom-disaster.
Just how bad was the sitcom? When did the rot set in? The quest begins to make sense of what went wrong after such a promising start.
Presented by Geoff Houtman
It's been a monkey on his back for 25 years. It's time to try to understand what happened to bring about such a monstrous failure