Part one of four from this full length episode.
Part two of four from this full length episode.
Part three of four from this full length episode.
Part four of four from this full length episode.
The credits for this episode.
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