Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby

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Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby
Starring David McPhail
Country of origin New Zealand
Running time 25 minutes per episode
Original channel TVNZ
Original release 2005 – 8 May 2006

Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby is a satirical New Zealand television series, created and written by Danny Mulheron (who also directs and co-produces), Dave Armstrong and Tom Scott.[1] It stars David McPhail as the titular Mr Gormsby, whose politically incorrect attitudes and "old school" teaching style clash and contrast with the environment at the fictional Tepapawai High School. The show pokes fun at the New Zealand education system but also at modern New Zealand social attitudes more generally.

The series ran for two seasons; the first was broadcast in 2005 on TV ONE in New Zealand and the ABC TV in Australia. The second series was shown in New Zealand in 2006 and in Australia, on ABC2, April 2008. DVDs of the series are sold in Australia through the ABC Shop. The series was nominated for Best Script and Best Comedy in the 2006 NZ Screen Awards.[2]

The program was filmed at two disused schools in the suburbs of Lower Hutt: the first season at Wainuiomata College[3] and the second at Petone College.


Class 5F[edit]

Episode titles[edit]

Series One[edit]

  • The Appalling Mr Gormsby
  • Comrade Gormsby
  • Human Relationships
  • Open Day
  • The Retarded Boy
  • Coon Tunes
  • The ERO Parade

Series Two[edit]

  • Heads Will Roll
  • Crime And Punishment
  • The Slave Trade
  • Dancing With The Staff
  • Camp Tepapawai
  • An Inspector Calls
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls


  1. ^ IMDB listing
  2. ^ "Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Wood, Stacey (12 July 2010). "Teens charged over Wainuiomata blaze". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 

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