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

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1986

Created for television by author Maurice Gee, The Fire-Raiser pits a quartet of smalltown 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; and Gee’s accompanying novel was published both here and overseas.

... I got more pleasure from writing The Fire-Raiser than I've had from any of my pieces for TV.
– Maurice Gee, writing in 1986

Acknowledgements

NZ On Screen acknowledges the talent and creatives for allowing NZ On Screen to reproduce this title on this website.

Music

Music composed by Terry Gray

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