TV Preview: Nigel Latta Blows Things Up

Nigel Latta Blows Things Up: TV1, 8.00 Sunday


By Doug Coutts

It goes without saying that a psychologist would have a field day with any one of the three soon-to-be-former presenters of Top Gear.

NZ’s favourite shrink Nigel Latta is certainly having a good time channelling Richard Hammond in Nigel Latta Blows Things Up.

In the first episode he sits inside a car that’s about to be struck by synthetic lightning, just like Hammond did in an episode of Top Gear a few years back.

And he’s taking the same sort of approach – explaining things by using lots of hand gestures and walking towards the camera in such a way that relatively simple concepts are made to sound a lot grander and mysterious than they probably are – that Hammond takes in any of the series he’s presented about science, stupid people and /or the weather.

The key difference is that Nigel Latta has a brain the size of a planet and Richard Hammond likes being famous.

Nigel knows what he’s talking about while Richard turns up on the day, has a quick squiz at the autocue and demands a kopi luwak espresso before he’ll do anything. Hammond’s your Mike Hosking while Latta’s more of your … I was going to say Campbell but I’ll go for Ian Johnstone for longevity’s sake.

Enough of Richard Hammond and I sincerely hope that’s the case. Nigel Latta … well, he’s got a light but deft handed approach to presenting the facts and in the case of electricity, there are a lot of fun facts to be presented – tesla coils, faraday cages and volts by the million.

The series can only get even more interesting – let’s just hope he stays away from test-driving a dragster.

Doug Coutts has had a career in and around television for close to 40 years. He spent 13 years as a floor manager at Avalon Studios before going freelance and never earning as much again. His writing has spanned TV genres — from Shortland Street dialoguery and quiz shows to documentaries and comedy — while a lengthy stint as TV reviewer in the Auckland Star earned him two mentions in Metro magazine’s Hot List and an angry letter from Jon Gadsby. You can read more of Doug (the satirist) at: Weakly Whirled News.
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One Response to “TV Preview: Nigel Latta Blows Things Up”

  1. Ep2 Latta blows himself up? Can’t stand the pompous git!

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