Meet Doug — He’s Here to Help

If you’re overwhelmed by what’s new to view in HD on TV, the country’s most accomplished reviewer of the small screen, Doug Coutts, is here to help.

He joins’s expanding stable of writers with a new column called A Personal View that will highlight what’s worth watching (and what’s not) before it screens.

Doug’s not just a witty, insightful observer of all things TV — unlike just about any other TV critic, he imbues his reviews with an insider’s understanding of the medium, having worked in it from the days when colour broadcasting was almost as novel as 4K.

He spent 13 years as a floor manager at Avalon Studios before going freelance and never earning as much again.

His writing work has spanned all genres – he’s been paid for Shortland Street dialoguery, quiz shows, documentaries and comedy writing for the telly, he was the longest serving contributor to the film and TV magazine OnFilm before it was killed off and he’s worked on the Prison Service staff newsletter.

A lengthy stint as TV reviewer in the Auckland Star – before that, too, was killed off – earned him two mentions in Metro magazine’s Hot List and an angry letter from Jon Gadsby. He was once a finalist in the best factual script section in the TV Awards show, for a documentary featuring a talking porridge packet.

Doug currently lives in Woodville where, if he holds rabbit ears out the window, he can get reasonable reception on all the free-to-air channels.

One Response to “Meet Doug — He’s Here to Help”

  1. Welcome to Screenscribe Doug!

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