Character: Kane Jenkins
Created by: Bettina Hollings, Caterina De Nave, Jason Daniel
Other cast: Michael Galvin, Ben Mitchell, Amanda Billing
Premiere date: May 25, 1992
Episodes: December 11, 2013 – July 6, 2015
Running time: 30 minutes
|Shortland Street is a New Zealand prime-time soap opera centring on the fictitious Shortland Street Hospital, first broadcast on TVNZ 2 on 25 May 1992. It is the country’s longest-running drama and soap opera, being broadcast continuously for over 6,000 episodes and 24 years, and is one of the most watched television programmes in New Zealand. The show was originally screened as five half-hour episodes each week and initially receiving mixed reviews on its premiere. After its launch it dropped in ratings and would have been cancelled if TVNZ had not ordered a year’s worth of episodes in advance. TVNZ renewed the production in early 1993 when the show’s rating had picked up, and it now has “long-term public enthusiasm”. Today, it is one of New Zealand’s highest-rated shows, frequently making AGB Nielsen Media Research’s top 5 programmes of the week.
Shortland Street is a serial medical drama centred around the lives and loves of the staff and patients of Shortland Street Hospital; an engaging and entertaining mix of medical crisis, human drama, romance and suspense. 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 issues such as safe sex, AIDS, child abuse, alcoholism, cot death and suicide. Shortland Street is New Zealand’s longest running drama series.
Parents: Jimmy Isaac, Jennifer Jenkins
Siblings: Dayna Jenkins, Stevie Isaac (half-sister)
First appearance: December 11, 2013
Kane Jenkins is a fictional character from the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He is the estranged brother to Dayna. In contrast to his mercurial sister, Kane is a very stable character – reliable, unflappable, loyal and a straight-talker, even to the point of accidental rudeness. He’s also extremely competitive and isn’t good at coping with losing, in any sphere. Kane has learned to keep his opinions to himself and keep his head down and not make a fuss . But deep down he’s very strong willed, even obstinate as he pursues his own goals.
Kane has spent most of his life in private boarding school, so doesn’t have a close relationship with Dayna or their wider family. Kane’s community are his team mates – he loves sport and finds it an uncomplicated, easy past-time. He responds well to the rules and boundaries implicit in playing sport – it’s a world he understands. He’s very conservative as a result, and tends to force others to obey rules and social conventions.
Kane wants to form a “team” of mates as soon as he can in Ferndale, no matter what that takes. He’s a good friend – and highly skilled at keeping secrets, as he has a few himself. Jaded by his experiences of Dayna’s emotional behaviour, he avoids emotional situations whenever possible, and prefers the more familiar world of boys and men. In fact, he finds the female gender utterly baffling. After arriving to stay with the Coopers, Kane quickly bonded Murray over their love of sports and he has found a group of mates in Toby and Harry.
Check out our episode guide, with information on every episode KJ was in from 2013 to 2015. This guide is divided by season– Click the season you want to view for more information below!