Story: Television

Making of The governor

This clip shows some of the detailed planning that went into ensuring the historical authenticity of The governor, the most ambitious New Zealand television drama of the 1970s. The governor was a creation of Michael Noonan and Tony Isaac, who won a commitment to the programme as a reward for their role in the soap opera Close to home. The programme consisted of six long episodes, and told the story of Governor George Grey from a questioning, revisionist perspective. Don Selwyn ensured that there was active Māori involvement, and since the drama appeared in 1977, a time when there was considerable Māori protest about land rights, it attracted wide public interest. The governor's cost also caused some controversy at the time, but most critics praised its historical integrity and some fine acting, with British actor Corin Redgrave as Grey.

Using this item

TVNZ Television New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Trisha Dunleavy, 'Television - Television drama', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Trisha Dunleavy, published 22 Oct 2014