TVNZ promised lots in the promos for Seven Sharp.
They delivered three presenters who managed to keep up traction without falling over each other’s lines, which isn’t easy to do.
The first segment took us to the PM in his office and a behind the parliamentary scenes tour led by Paula Bennett. It moved so quickly it had a strobe effect which was a bit off-putting.
I’m a political tragic and a fan of both MPs but I guess this would have wider appeal. Anyone who thought the PM had a glamorous life would have had their illusions shattered by his tale of dinners of cold baked beans from the can.
The dig at the three Labour David’s was witty enough- though people without my blue bias might not have enjoyed the ghost of leader-past as much as I did.
A soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious issue and one worth covering but something distracted me minutes into the interview and by the time I tuned back it was over.
Viewer suggestions and a poll on who should escort the PM onto the marae at Waitangi was supposed to be funny but felt a bit too try-hard for feedback.
The programme ended with an interview with a singer who gave me the impression he was a pleasant bloke. His name escapes me – which could be an indication I’m not the target audience.
The promos promised more than the first show delivered – it might be Seven Sharp but it was more just sharpish in places.
However, it’s is going to be filming live in Oamaru on Wednesday when the Scott 100 celebrations get underway so I’ll reserve judgement and give it points in advance for getting out of Auckland and Wellington.