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ScreenTalk: The Almighty Johnsons

The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons: A myth in the making...

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The Almighty Johnsons is a fantasy/comedy series that screened on New Zealand television over three series from 2011 to 2013. The show is about a family of brothers who are descended from Norse gods, desperately trying to restore their powers. While not a huge ratings success in New Zealand, the series has won a cult following in a number of countries.

In this special edition of ScreenTalk, some of the key cast and crew talk about the memorable time they had in creating The Almighty Johnsons... 

  • Actor/writer Tim Balme on the basic storyline, and how the show is 'essentially a battle of the sexes story'
  • Producer Simon Bennett on the creative challenges of dealing with characters who are descended from Norse gods
  • Ben Barrington on how the special abilities of the Johnson brothers are 'just very male qualities with the knobs turned up'
  • Actors Dean O'Gorman, Jared Turner and Michelle Langstone on the writing of co-creator James Griffin
  • Alison Bruce on the show's edgyness
  • Dean O'Gorman on how the actors were perfectly cast for each of their roles
  • Ben Barrington on trying to stay in character, while other cast members act like idiots 
  • Dean O'Gorman and Alison Bruce on their very different roles
  • Director Mark Beesley on loving how a commercial show was built on such a 'bold quirky idea'
  • Simon Bennett on how badly The Almighty Johnsons rated against The Big Bang Theory
  • Michelle Langstone on how special the show is for her 
  • Jared Turner on how people continue to 'love the shit out of' the programme 

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

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