The Strip (NZ TV series)
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|Created by||Alan Brash|
|Developed by||The Gibson Group|
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Original run||5 March 2002 – 11 November 2003|
The Strip is the story of corporate lawyer Melissa Walker, who decides her life needs a new direction and quits her job after finding her husband in bed with his male lover. She opens a male strip club, catering especially for women. The series aired in New Zealand from 2002-2003 and is currently in syndication in the United States on Vibrant TV Network.
Cast and characters
- Luanne Gordon plays 'Melissa Walker', owner/manager of "Man Alive", mother to Paige
- Renee Ellwood plays 'Paige Walker', Melissa's teen tearaway daughter
- Stephen Bain plays 'Glenn Walker', Paige's father, Mel's soon-to-be ex-husband
- Jodie Rimmer plays 'Kathryn Moore', another corporate lawyer and Mel's best friend
- Janice Finn plays 'Leslie Lonsdale', Mel's slightly crazy mother
- Robbie Magasiva plays 'Adam Lima', the sexy head stripper at Mel's club
- David Fane plays 'Jack Sione', the barman at Mel's club
- Eddie Campbell plays 'Vince Cleaver', manager of the neighbouring "Gates of Heaven" men's strip club
- Susana Lei'ataua plays 'Samara Sione', Jack's cousin, choreographer at "Man Alive" (season 1 only)
- Michelle Langstone plays 'Tre', somewhat eccentric choreographer at "Man Alive" (season 2 only)
- The Strippers
- Kelson Henderson plays 'Cal'
- Craig Hall plays 'Clint'
- Dion Murphy plays 'Daniel'
- Stephen Handisides plays 'Billy'
- Mike Edward plays 'Finn'
- Mark Sant plays 'Ian'
- Taika Cohen plays 'Mostin'
- Boyd Bishop plays 'Richard'
- Other regulars
- Loren Horsley plays 'Danielle', a stripper at "Gates of Heaven"
- Nicole Whippy plays 'Chocolate', a stripper at "Gates of Heaven"
- Brian Sergent plays 'Ian "Dogwood" Douglas', Mel's boss at the law firm
- Jess Peters plays 'Cherie', co-worker of Mel & Kathryn
- Sally Martin plays 'Gemma', co-worker of Mel & Kathryn
- Dan Caddy plays 'Josh', Paige's boyfriend
- Stephen Lovatt plays 'Det. Shane Robertson', a cop who Mel gets involved with in Season 1
- Jeff Whiting plays 'Mick', landlord of the premises, who Mel hooks up with in Season 2
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