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The Games Affair - The Porcelain Runner (Episode Two)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1974

Set during the 1974 Commonwealth Games, thriller-fantasy series The Games Affair was NZ telly's first children's serial. Remembered fondly by 70s kids, it follows three teenagers battling a miscreant professor who's experimenting on athletes. The second episode begins with the trio finding a performance-enhanced (by nifty stop-motion) beach runner. The trail takes them to QEII Park for the Games' opening ceremony where they confront the villains, and — via pioneering DIY FX — deflate John Bach Flat Stanley-style. Note: the episode has nothing to do with toilets.

What’s your scientific answer to that bloke running like Superman?
– One of the kids begs the question

Key Cast & Crew

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Bruce Clark

Director, Story creator

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Grahame McLean


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Michael Noonan


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Lyndsay Laws

As: Villain

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Herb Gott

As: Villain

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John Bach

As: Villain

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Produced by

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Endeavour Television Productions