The makers of Shortland Street have gone the extra mile to make sure the show stays up to date with all the latest Rugby World Cup news.
Scenes shot the morning after a match will be seamlessly integrated into the on-screen action that very same night.
“It means leaving gaps in the show that will be filled on the day,” explains Zanoski. “It’s nerve-wracking. Everyone must be at the top of their game in terms of continuity and preparedness.”
While a margin for error remains, the production team is confident that they have covered all bases – for now. Zanoski is more concerned what happens when it comes to the final.
“It’s great for the country that it falls on Labour Weekend with Monday being a holiday but it means we aren’t shooting on the day with our next episode screening at night. What happens when New Zealand wins the Cup? Shortland Street has to acknowledge that.”
Anticipating an All Black victory, Zanoski assures that there is a plan to celebrate on the show.
“I’ll be calling in some big favours from cast and crew on the day.”
In a scene aired tonight, Brooke Freeman and TK Samuels discuss the All Blacks win over Tonga.
Of course, that moment with Sonny Bill Williams’ jersey gets a mention too…