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Host Stu Dennison hosted live New Zealand children’s show Nice One for three years from 1976 to 1978, making the catchphrase “Nice one, Stu” and Stu’s thumbs-up salute a part of television legend for Kiwi kids.
English-born Dennison developed the naughty schoolboy persona in short live segments for Ready to Roll before graduating to his own TV One show. Series regulars on the show included singer/songwriter Steve Allen and chef Alison Holst.
The final episode of Nice One – aired at Christmas 1978 – branched out from the show’s usual after-school interstitials length to a half-hour special.
After Dennison ended his on-air career, he became a sports producer at TVNZ.