Conman and victim face off in the first, and arguably funniest Winners & Losers episode. Legendary vagabond The Shiner (Coronation Street's Ivan Beavis) sets out to prove to his fellow swaggers that he can con alcohol from a dour publican (Ian Watkin). Co-director Ian Mune dons a fake eye; singer Tommy Adderley plays harmonica. The real life Shiner — Irishman Ned Slattery — was immortalised in a series of stories by John A Lee. Although Lee claimed to have "once walked thirty miles side by side" with Slattery, he admitted that his Shiner stories were far from gospel truth.
Good script, good characterisation, comic incidents comically filmed. Probably the only film ever made in New Zealand which had a laugh in every minute.– John A Lee, in 1977 Department of Education booklet The Shiner - Shooting Script
Winners & Losers series produced in association with the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council, Television One, the Department of Education and the National Film Unit
Restoration by Park Road Post Production made possible through funding from the NZ Lottery Grants Board and NZ On Air, with support from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
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