The Strip (New Zealand TV series)

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The Strip
Created by Alan Brash
Composer(s) Gareth Farr
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40
Producer(s) Dave Gibson
  • Simon Baumfield
  • Richard Bluck
  • Neil Cervin
  • Rocky Hudson
  • Paul Sutorius
  • Owen Ferrier-Kerr
  • Simon James
  • Gary Hunt
Production company(s) The Gibson Group
Original network TV3
Original release 5 March 2002 (2002-03-05) – 11 November 2003 (2003-11-11)
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 2002–03 and has been syndicated in the United States on Vibrant TV Network.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Luanne Gordon as Melissa Walker, owner/manager of "Man Alive", mother to Paige
  • Jodie Rimmer as Kathryn Moore, another corporate lawyer and Mel's best friend
  • Renée Ellwood as Paige Walker, Melissa's teen tearaway daughter
  • Robbie Magasiva as Adam Lima, the sexy head stripper at Mel's club
  • David Fane as Jack Sione, the barman at Mel's club
  • Susana Lei'ataua as Samara Sione, Jack's cousin, choreographer at "Man Alive" (season 1)
  • Stephen Bain as Glenn Walker, Paige's father, Mel's soon-to-be ex-husband
  • Stephen Lovatt as Det. Shane Robertson, a cop who Mel gets involved with (season 1)
  • Janice Finn as Leslie Lonsdale, Mel's slightly crazy mother
  • Eddie Campbell as Vince Cleaver, manager of the neighbouring Gates of Heaven men's strip club
  • Michelle Langstone as Tre, somewhat eccentric choreographer at "Man Alive" (season 2)
The Strippers
Other regulars
  • Loren Horsley as Danielle, a stripper at "Gates of Heaven"
  • Nicole Whippy as Chocolate, a stripper at "Gates of Heaven"
  • Brian Sergent as Ian "Dogwood" Douglas, Mel's boss at the law firm
  • Jess Peters as Cherie, co-worker of Mel & Kathryn
  • Sally Martin as Gemma, co-worker of Mel & Kathryn
  • Dan Caddy as Josh, Paige's boyfriend
  • Jeff Whiting as Mick, landlord of the premises, who Mel hooks up with in Season 2

External links[edit]