The Strip (NZ TV series)

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The Strip
Genre Drama
Created by Alan Brash
Developed by The Gibson Group
Starring Luanne Gordon
Renee Ellwood
Stephen Bain
Jodie Rimmer
Janice Finn
Robbie Magasiva
Eddie Campbell
David Fane
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40
Original channel TV3
Original release 5 March 2002 – 11 November 2003
External links
Production website

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[edit]

  • 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
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

External links[edit]