It's Academic (New Zealand game show)
It's Academic was a general knowledge quiz show for high school students in New Zealand, broadcast by TVNZ in the 1980s. It's Academic was hosted by Lockwood Smith, who later became a member of the New Zealand Parliament, eventually serving as its speaker. The show was produced and directed by Kevan Moore (creator of Mortimer's Patch) with Patrick Macaskill as adjudicator.
School teams of three pupils competed for digital watches, handheld calculators and sets of the Encyclopædia Britannica for their school. The quiz followed the format of its long-running American counterpart. The theme tune, 'Piano Parchment', was written as library music in 1968 by Johnny Pearson and was well known in New Zealand living rooms about the same time as the theme for BBC drama series All Creatures Great and Small.
List of winning schools
- 1981: Onslow College, Wellington
- 1985: Takapuna Grammar School, Team-Sarah Ell, Erica Heppleston, Suzanne Nola
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