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Mercy Peak - What She Least Expected Television – 2001 Drama

Mercy Peak - What She Least Expected

Television – 2001 Drama

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Produced by John Laing and featuring a star-studded cast (Sara Wiseman, Tim Balme, et al), South Pacific Pictures' 'seachange' series Mercy Peak hit just the right note with its down-home sincerity and quirky-but-complex characters. In this excerpt from the first episode Dr Nicky Somerville (Sara Wiseman) discovers the cheating ways of her partner (a deliciously oily Simon Prast) and decides it's time to get out. On her way to finding her bliss in the tiny town of Bassett she has an inauspicious beginning: a minor collision with the town's iconic pig.

In just 60 episodes, Mercy Peak was a fully realised world in a small town ... its strengths were the subtle interplay of characters' lives and themes combined with careful and clever scripts.
– New Zealand Herald reviewer, Fiona Rae.