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Hyundai Country Calendar

New Zealand’s longest-running TV show is moving to Sunday nights on TVNZ 1, starting on February 12.

Hyundai Country Calendar’s shift takes the series back to where it first started in March 1966, at 7 p.m. on Sundays. 

The programme held that slot until 1990, when it moved to a 27-year run on Saturday nights. 

Producer Julian O’Brien says he is delighted with the new slot, which will see the show go to air following 1 News and before the Sunday current affairs programme.

‘Sunday nights attract a larger overall TV viewing audience, so this will give Country Calendar the opportunity to further broaden its appeal,’ he says. 

The series already pulls in well over half a million viewers every week, making it one of New Zealand’s top-rating TV shows. 

The home-grown staple celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016 by increasing its output to 40 episodes – and 2017 will see another 40 new shows go to air. 

The first episode of 2017 visits North Canterbury after the November 2016 earthquake to see how the people running a large farm there handle the initial shock, cope with immediate damage and still keep the farm running.

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