New Zealand’s economy is in serious trouble in the first episode of this award-winning drama series about The Great Depression. An ailing Prime Minister and a weak government seem powerless in the face of a downward spiral caused by rising unemployment and falling export prices. Meanwhile, the plight of a boot maker seeking work while people are being laid off all around him, and a jeweller struggling to keep his business afloat and food on his family’s table bring home the human cost and social divisiveness being caused by the worsening crisis.
A dramatic and atmospheric recreation of an era that lingers like a nightmare in the consciousness of many New Zealanders.– Jill McCracken (NZ Listener, 7 Dec, 1974)
NZ Broadcasting Corporation
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