Children of Fire Mountain

Children of Fire Mountain was a 13-part miniseries from New Zealand made in 1979. That year it received the Feltex Television Awards for "Best Drama", "Best Script", and Terence Cooper as "Best Actor" for his role as Sir Charles Pemberton.

Children of Fire Mountain
Written byRoger Simpson
Directed byPeter Sharp
StarringTerence Cooper
Mark Hadlow
Helen Dorward
Maggie Maxwell
Martyn Sanderson
Country of originNew Zealand
United Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Roger Le Mesurier
John McRae
Production location(s)New Zealand
Original networkBBC
Audio formatMonaural
Original release1979

In the UK it was shown on BBC1 three times between 3 March 1981 to 26 May 1981, 1 June 1984 to 24 August 1984 and 5 October 1985 to 28 December 1985. It was also shown on Channel 4 between 9 April 1989 to 2 July 1989.

This series was also broadcast in Czechoslovakia where it was dubbed into both the Czech language and the Slovak language. In 2010, a DVD was released in the Czech Republic and also in Slovakia (with original Slovak dubbing for both countries).

Plot summary

Sir Charles Pemberton travelled to New Zealand from the United Kingdom on the advice of his doctor. Once there, he forms an idea to build a health spa on Maori land. The story took place in New Zealand in 1900 and portrays the conflict between the world of the Maori and the white settlers. A sub plot is the friendship between Tom (the son of the hotel owner where Sir Charles stays) and Sarah Jane (the granddaughter of Sir Charles). While it initially gets off to a rocky start, with Tom getting into a lot of trouble with his friends for being rude to their English guests, it leads to a friendship through which Sir Charles is shown the error of his ways in trying to push through his plans. Eventually, they come to nought as a volcano erupts on the land showing the danger of interfering with Maori land.

Doomey Dwyer had an illicit still, which he used to supply his 'grog'.

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