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Episodes 1 & 2 - Children of the Dog Star

Children of the Dog Star

Director Chris Bailey

Screenplay Ken Catran

With Sarah Dunn, Jason Wallace, Hamish Bartle, Roy Billing and Susan Wilson

In this six-episode television programme for children, produced in New Zealand in 1984, strange things start to happen shortly after twelve-year-old Gretchen comes to stay on her uncle's farm for the holidays. Gretchen befriends Ronny, a Māori boy with a troubled city past, and Bevis the bird watching son of a loathed developer. Tension is already high as the developer wants to buy and drain a local swamp for a housing estate, but Ronny's uncle is the guardian of a traditional Māori tapu upon the swamp. The swamp must not be touched—something sleeps there that must not be awakened. Something unnatural.

Episode One: The Brass Daisy

Gretchen has a passion for science and a talent for all things mechanical, which is why the old brass weathervane on her uncle's farm fascinates her...

Episode Two: Power Stop

Ronny tells Gretchen about surveyors' interest in the farm's swamp, which his people consider tapu. Ronny challenges Gretchen to a race but she loses control of her bike and crashes in the swamp. There they discover a brass artifact and take it back to the barn.

Book for the other episodes here:

Children of the Dog Star Episodes Three & Four

Children of the Dog Star Episodes Five & Six