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.

The series has drawn acclaim for its handling of topical social issues such as safe sex, AIDS, child abuse, alcoholism, cot death and suicide.

Shortland Street will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017 and has the distinguished honour of being New Zealand’s longest-running drama series.

Shortland Street has been one of the highest-rating drama programmes on New Zealand television since it began screening on 25 May 1992, and is a national institution, inspiring study guides, web sites, theses, exhibitions and much speculation over the nation’s coffee cups. In New Zealand the half-hour show screens at 7pm every weeknight.

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