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The Fire-Raiser - Kitty Plays the Piano (Episode Three)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1986

Created by author Maurice Gee, The Fire-Raiser pits a quartet of small-town school kids against a balaclava-clad figure with fire on the brain. In this episode, the children sneak onto the property of the man they suspect of terrorising their town. The police arrive after Kitty is trapped inside a room that has tragic memories for the suspect’s mother, the memorably moody Mrs Marwick. This WWI-era gothic adventure went on to score four Listener TV awards, including Best Drama. Go here to read pieces on the show's birth and making, by writer Gee and director Peter Sharp.

We bowled a few buildings over, aged a few, and built some new ones.
– Designer Dean Cato, on refashioning the Upper Hutt set from TV show Country GP, for The Fire-Raiser


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