The final episode of The Governor offers a portrait of a once powerful man in fitful decline. An ageing Sir George Grey (Corin Redgrave) engineers a career comeback, but his 'radicalism' rubs Parliament up the wrong way while his obsession with his legacy isolates him. The story begins in Grey's mansion on Kawau Island, where the ex-Governor vents about New Zealand's direction. His political fortunes reignite but his inability to compromise seals his fate. Grey is also haunted by failed relationships and the many injustices suffered by Māori. Rewi Maniapoto (Wi Kuki Kaa) observes the "demon" in his old enemy's eyes.
The old fool thinks he's a revolutionary on some barricade.– Ex Premier Sir William Fox (Antony Groser), as Sir George Grey (Corin Redgrave) makes one of his fiery speeches in parliament
Produced by Television One in association with the National Film Unit
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Actor Kika Markham on the final days of Governor lead actor Corin Redgrave, The Guardian, September 2014
Article on George Grey & his Kawau Island mansion, NZ Geographic, July 1998
Article on the death of Eliza Grey, The NZ Herald, October 1898 (Papers Past website)
Summary of George Grey's political career, NZ Parliament website