Part one of two from this full length episode.
Part two of two from this full length episode.
The credits for this episode.
Writer Maurice Gee’s experiences growing up in West Auckland during World War II were the basis for this home front drama expertly realised by the producer/director team of Ginette McDonald and Peter Sharp. Twelve-year-old Rex Pascoe (Milan Borich — future singer in the band Pluto) is a war-obsessed schoolboy worried about his father’s black-market dealings. Meanwhile, American soldiers are making their presence felt but not all of their attitudes are welcome. The locals’ prejudices are about to be tested by the arrival of a GI to stay with Rex’s family.
The champion doesn’t have such a strong storyline. This is much more a story of character than incident, which is why I think it will appeal to older children.– Maurice Gee in The Listener, 7 October 1989, page 29
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