Craig Harrison began lecturing in English at Massey University in 1966, soon after emigrating from the UK. A decade later he turned an odd couple tale of a Māori and a Yorkshireman into pioneering cross-cultural TV comedy Joe and Koro, and an award-winning play. Harrison also scripted one-off comedy A Question of Integrity; and his novel The Quiet Earth inspired the classic Bruno Lawrence science fiction film.
He has in his writing touched the lode which may ease New Zealanders’ ability to laugh at themselves. For there is a great deal to both laugh and think about in Ground Level. [It] may well help set the scene for more comedy from local writers. Mike Nicolaidi in 1975, reviewing the play which inspired TV series Joe and Koro