Shortland Street

Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera centering on the fictitious Shortland Street Hospital, first broadcast on TVNZ 2 on 25 May 1992. It is New Zealand's longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 7,000 episodes and about 28 years, and is one of the most watched television programmes in New Zealand.

Shortland Street
GenreMedical drama
Soap opera
Created byBettina Hollings
Caterina De Nave
Jason Daniel
Directed byOliver Driver
Kiel McNaughton
Katherine McRae
Ian Hughes
Richard Barr
Geoff Cawthorn[1]
Opening themeGraham Bollard
Ending themeGraham Bollard
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languagesPrimary: English
Secondary: Māori,[2] Samoan,[3] Mandarin Chinese,[4] Filipino,[5] Persian
No. of seasons30
No. of episodes7,332 (as of 29 October 2021)
Executive producers
  • Don Reynolds
  • Alan Coleman
  • Tim Sanders
  • Caterina De Nave
  • Rachel Lang
  • Tony Holden
  • Simon Bennett
  • John Barnett
  • Caterina De Nave (1992)
  • Brian Lennane (1992–1993)
  • Tony Holden (1994–1995)
  • Gavin Srawhan (1995–1996)
  • Alan Coleman (1995)
  • Judith Trye (1996–1997)
  • Lisa Page (2000–2001)
  • Harriet Crampton (2001–2005)
  • Katie Wolfe (2005)
  • Jason Daniel (2005–2008)
  • Steven Zanoski (2009–2013)
  • Simon Bennett (1997–2000, 2013–2016)
  • Maxine Fleming (2016–20)
  • Oliver Driver (2019–)
Production locations8 Tolich Pl, Lincoln North, Waitakere, Auckland 0610 New Zealand
EditorsAnna Benedikter
Matthew Allison
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production companiesSouth Pacific Pictures
Grundy Television (1992–2006)
Fremantle Australia (2006–present)
Original networkTVNZ 2
Picture format576i 4:3 (1992–2007)
576i 16:9 (2007–2011)
1080i (2011–present)
Audio formatStereo
Original release25 May 1992 (1992-05-25) 
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The show was originally screened as five half-hour episodes each week and initially receiving mixed reviews on its premiere.[6] After its launch, it dropped in ratings and would have been cancelled if TVNZ had not ordered a year's worth of episodes in advance. TVNZ renewed the production in early 1993 when the show's rating had picked up, and it now has "long-term public enthusiasm".[7] Today, it is one of New Zealand's highest-rated shows, frequently making AGB Nielsen Media Research's top 5 programmes of the week.