The 20 year medical soap, NZ’s longest running drama, has previously been on Australian television before, including 7TWO and even the ABC.
Arena will pick up at episode 5111, which is 15 weeks behind NZ.
As the discussion about NZ content on Australian screens, especially during summer, widens in this case it isn’t being run for local content quota. Foxtel is subject to a different set of criteria which is that “drama” channels must spend 10% of their annual budgets on locally scripted content.
One of the highest-rating programs on New Zealand television, Shortland Street is a serial medical drama; an engaging and entertaining mix of medical crisis, human drama, romance and suspense.
Set in the high-pressure environment of an inner city district hospital, Shortland Street follows the day to day romances and professional dilemmas of a team of caring professionals, committed to their patients, and to each other.
Shortland Street first premiered on 25 May 1992 and last year celebrated its 20th Anniversary, which also marked the screening of the 5000th episode.
5.00pm AEDT weeknights from Monday February 4.