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The Governor

Television, 1977

Spanning decades, historical epic The Governor offers many angles on New Zealand's third Governor, George Grey. Designed to reveal how "good Governor Grey" was also an adulturous, drug-taking dictator, the series chronicles key conflicts between Māori and Pākehā during the 1800s — alongside episodes devoted to Grey's run-ins with his wife (episode two), his second in command (three) and an increasingly disillusioned general (five). A rare Kiwi stab at a TV epic, the six-part drama proved timely and controversial, with "test match sized" audiences and a parliamentary inquiry over its costs. The Governor won Feltex Awards for Drama and Script.