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Short Poppies is a mockumentary-style television show that aired on TV One in 2014. The show was created by Rhys Darby, known for his comedic performances in Flight of the Conchords and What We Do in the Shadows. Darby also starred in the show, playing multiple roles alongside a cast of guest stars in each episode.
The premise of Short Poppies is that it follows journalist David Farrier (played by himself) as he interviews a group of eccentric and offbeat New Zealanders in their hometowns. Each episode features a different guest star, who plays a fictional character with a unique personality and behavior.
The show's format is similar to that of a documentary, with Farrier narrating the action and conducting interviews with the townspeople. However, the show often features scripted comedic moments and surreal situations, as the guest star interacts with the real people of the town.
The guest stars include a wide range of characters, such as a self-proclaimed psychic named Mary Ledbetter (played by Darby), a struggling actor named Terry Pole (played by Jonno Roberts), and a young girl named Esther who is convinced that she is the reincarnation of Princess Diana (played by Georgia Hatzis).
The show takes a humorous look at the eccentricities and quirks of small-town life, as well as the larger-than-life personalities who inhabit these communities. Some episodes are more lighthearted and purely comedic, while others delve into deeper themes and emotions.
Critics praised Short Poppies for its witty writing, strong performances, and unique approach to the mockumentary genre. The show was also noted for its use of New Zealand landscapes and small towns as a backdrop, bringing attention to the country's often-overlooked rural areas.
Overall, Short Poppies is a quirky and entertaining show that showcases the comedic talents of a variety of actors. Its mockumentary-style approach adds a layer of realism to the absurd scenarios, making it a fun and engaging watch for fans of comedy and satire.
Short Poppies is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on April 4, 2014.