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Facelift

01/01/2007

About

Selected sketches from Facelift are available to view on our YouTube channel. The topical weekly show Facelift returned for a fourth series in 2007. This popular show comprised ten episodes full of satirical sketches featuring Kiwi politicians, sportspeople and celebrities. The famous faces are rendered first as 2D caricatures by the talented Trace Hodgson, then given a third dimension via sculpting as foam prosthetics and finally brought to vibrant life by the Facelift cast, a talented bunch of comic impersonators.  

Unlike most other TV shows where a small group of professional writers generate all the scripts, Facelift received 200-300 pages every week from over 50 writers up and down the country. This ensured the show had a wide range of material available from writers of every political hue.

This mass of material was edited and re-edited until the script department had identified the 30 pages of script which were shot each Friday. Facelift  boasted a very experienced team of staff writers and editors including Dave Armstrong, Paul Yates and Jane Clifton.

Facelift's unique 'take' on Kiwi politics, popular culture, sports and celebrities ensured that the humour remained accessible and mainstream.

Awarded

Air New Zealand Screen Awards - finalist: Television - Best Comedy Programme (series 3) - 2006

Technical Specifications

TV Production

Title: Facelift - Series IV Production

Outline: A bizarre mix of traditional sketch comedy and the talking, rubber puppets used in Public Eye, a local political comedy based on Britain's Spitting Image. But unlike either of these shows, Facelift uses live actors instead of puppets.  

Category: Comedy  

Producers: Dave Gibson & Chris Ellis

Year: 2007 Description: 10 x 1/2 hour

Title: Facelift - Series III  

Production Year: 2005 (produced to coincide with the general election)

Description: 7 x 1/2 hour + 1 x 1/2 hour "Best Of"

Title: Facelift - Series II  

Production Year: 2005

Description: 7 x 1/2 hour + 1 x 1/2 hour "Best Of"

Title: Facelift - Series I  

Production Year: 2004

Description: 7 x 1/2 hour   10pm Mondays TV ONE. 9 July - 10 September 2007 Selected sketches from Facelift are available to view on our YouTube channel.

The topical weekly show Facelift returned for a fourth series in 2007.

This popular show comprised ten episodes full of…"