As Shortland Street turns 25, New Zealand on Screen opens the archives to bring us 25 years of trivia.

Before lyrca-clad nights on Dancing with the Stars, getting all god-like on The Almighty Johnsons, being nice-guy Mac on Nothing Trivial (and a career in real estate) Shane Cortese once played a character so vile, fans relished his eventual death.

Terrorising Ferndale for almost two years, Dominic Thompson managed to marry, murder or menace a fair whack of the Shortland Street cast. Here Cortese remembers going to the dark side - and loving every minute of it.

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