Willy Nilly

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The Willy Nilly Show
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mike Smith
Written by Ken Duncum
Mike Smith
Cal Wilson
Paul Yates
Directed by Mike Smith
Starring Sean Duffy
Mark Hadlow
Katrina Hobbs
Tandi Wright
Stuart Devenie
Ellie Smith
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 22
Producer(s) Judith Trye
Cinematography Phil Burchell
Editor(s) John Gilbert
Running time 30 mins (including adverts)
Original network TV1 (New Zealand)

Willy Nilly Show is a New Zealand television series originally based on a short film by the same name.[1] It follows the lives of two middle-aged farming brothers, Eric (Sean Duffy) and Harry (Mark Hadlow) who are catapulted into the modern world when their bossy and overprotective mother dies and Joy Full (Tandi Wright), the lovely undertaker’s assistant, comes to stay.[2] It is set in the fictional town of Pokapoka [3] A total of 3 series were made which have all been made available on DVD at filmshop. It was winner of Best Comedy Performance, Script and Direction - NZ TV Awards [4] In 2002, a TV Guide poll found the series to be the most popular New Zealand comedy.[5] The series' most prominent fan base is made up of women over the age of 60.[6]


Series One[edit]

Episode 1 - Under the Stinkwattle Tree
Episode 2 - Five Left Feet
Episode 3 - Down the Tube
Episode 4 - The Ram Who Knew Too Much
Episode 5 - In the Nudey
Episode 6 - The Ghost and the Dinner Party
Episode 7 - Spring Fever

Series Two[edit]

Episode 1 - The Vet
Episode 2 - Harrys Can Do Anything
Episode 3 - Are You My Daddy
Episode 4 - Birth and Death
Episode 5 - Through the Looking Grass
Episode 6 - Mum's Little Treasure
Episode 7 - Rain Rain Go Away

Series Three[edit]

Episode 1 - Twisted Sister
Episode 2 - Dr Harry's Casebook
Episode 3 - Pokapoka Pokerface
Episode 4 - Silage is Golden
Episode 5 - The Black Stump
Episode 6 - Don't Worry Be Harry
Episode 7 - St Eric of Pokapoka
Episode 8 - Just Another Day


Eric - Sean Duffy
Harry - Mark Hadlow
Joy - Tandi Wright
Mr Bott - Stuart Devenie
Lubyanka - Ellie Smith (Series 2-3)

DVD Releases[edit]

All 3 series have been made available on DVD in New Zealand at filmshop.[7]