Congratulations to Roger Hall on being made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours. With his knighthood, the 80-year-old becomes the country's most honoured playwright and the first to be knighted. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, he's written about 46 plays and pantomimes and played a key role in the development of this country's theatre. It all started for the British-born writer in the mid-70s when his public-service satire, Glide Time, premiered in Wellington. It was so successful it went on to spawn a popular TV series, Gliding On. Sir Roger's next play, Middle-Age Spread, premiered at Circa Theatre in 1977. After being staged at London's West End Lyric Theatre in 1978, it won Britain's highest theatrical honour, an Olivier award for Comedy of the Year, in 1979, beating Richard Harris's Outside Edge and Michael Frayn's Clouds.