This episode of The Deep End asks whether a navy captain has the skill set to direct television. Aided by Royal NZ Navy officer Peter Cozens, navy veteran Ian Bradley agrees to direct a teleplay starring an occasionally troublesome team of Kiwi actors. Bradley's mission had its roots in an earlier episode, where he forced normal Deep End host Bill Manson to walk the plank of the frigate HMNZS Waikato. The result is a rare behind the scenes glimpse into local TV production — and a chance to witness the grace under pressure of both Bradley, and veteran TV Production Assistant Dot LePine.
...make sure that when Ian comes here, he is really tested as a director. Without being deliberately obstructive, clearly I want you to raise those questions and show him the problems that a director in the field has to handle ... who knows, there might even be a little flash of temperament here and there.– Producer Michael Scott-Smith primes the actors, before Ian Bradley's arrival