ScreenTalk: Stu Dennison

Stu Dennison
Stu Dennison: Giving the thumbs up to kids TV…

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Stu Dennison was a much-loved TV presenter in the 1970s who introduced the ‘naughty schoolboy’ and thumbs up to a generation of Kiwi kids on the show Nice One Stu. He went on to host a range of TV shows, often as sidekick to popular TV host Roger Gascoigne. After Dennison ended his on-air career, he re-invented himself as a sports producer at TVNZ.

In this ScreenTalk, Dennison talks about:

  • Being the ‘everyman’ on Ready to Roll
  • Creating the outrageous persona on Nice One Stu
  • Becoming famous by being controversial
  • How a spontaneous ‘thumbs up’ became his signature gesture
  • Winding up the prim and proper Roger Gascoigne on Top Town
  • Getting a pie in the face on Telethon
  • Enjoying the mix of live entertainment and skits on How’s That
  • Moving from presenting to editing and producing sports
  • Carrying the torch at the Beijing Olympics


This video is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.

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