Children of Fire Mountain: episode guide


Tom

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Episode 1
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Sir Charles Pemberton, his granddaughter, and her governess arrive in Wainamu where he is to seek treatment from the thermal baths for his arthritis. Sarah Jane's first meeting with Tom, the son of the hotel owner where Sir Charles will be staying, isn't a success when he is rude to their English guests. Sarah Jane tells Tom that the strange Maori man who helped save their train from disaster is now in town but Tom insists he never left. Sid frames Tom and his friends for breaking Doomy Dwyer's shop window. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, Maggie Maxwell as Miss Proctor, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Mark Bennett as Tamati, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans, Arthur Wright as Engine Driver, Brian Bell as Stoker, Sydney Jackson as Guard

Miss Prim

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Episode 2
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Tom and Hema go to work for Doomy Dwyer to pay for the broken window but also to locate Dwyer's illegal alcohol still. Gilfillan investigates Te Pourinui's involvement with the train incident. Tamati has new competition for guiding on the lake. Sir Charles Pemberton begins his theraputic treatments. Sarah Jane is haunted by nightmares. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, Maggie Maxwell as Miss Proctor, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Bill Johnson as School Master, Peter McCauley as Captain Bloom, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Mark Bennett as Tamati, Karl Bradley as Ferry Man, John Givins as Christopher Bain [uncredited]

Double Trouble

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Episode 3
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

A military officer arrives in Wainamu to recruit volunteers for Her Majesty's war effort in South Africa. Tamati signs up leaving his boat in Tom and Davies hands. Geologist Christopher Bain continues his research at the lake. Sarah Jane thwarts Tom and his friends' efforts to get Gilfillan to investigate Doomy Dwyer. Tom witnesses Doomy doing some suspicious late-night butchering. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Maggie Maxwell as Miss Proctor, Tom Bradley as Captain Brown-John, Peter McCauley as Captain Bloom, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Mark Bennett as Tamati, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans, Adrian Keeling as Sergeant Major, Martin Jackson as 1st Recruit

The Taniwha

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Episode 4
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Having found relief from the local thermal waters, Sir Charles announces his plans to build a grand hotel in Wainamu with the goal of making it the most famous spa in the world. Tom's parents are divided about what the development will mean for the future of their own hotel. Hema is punished for speaking Maori in school. Miss Proctor reluctantly partakes in the "black magic" thermal baths to ease her chronic sickness. Tom asks Mr Bain to warn Sir Charles against building in the seismically active region. When Sir Charles and his architect dismiss the concerns, Tom decides to scare off Sarah Jane's governess in hopes Sir Charles will leave as well. Sir Charles finds his ideal building site. That it is sacred Maori land is of little concern. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Maggie Maxwell as Miss Proctor, Bill Johnson as School Master, Don Farr as Rushworthy, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui

The Initiation

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Episode 5
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Sarah Jane's academic prowess quickly sends her to the top of the class but Tom advises her not so show herself as being too clever in class. Encouraged by his mother to be more friendly towards Sarah Jane, Tom tries spending time with her only to have his friends tease him. Sir Charles approaches the Dwyers with an offer to buy the disputed land from them but the price rises considerably when Mabel Dwyer learns he wants to build a hotel on the land. Christopher's study of the hot pools yields some curious results. Sarah Jane is invited to join the boys' gang but to pass the initiation she must visit the old buried Maori village at night. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Bill Johnson as School Master, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui

Confrontation

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Episode 6
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Tom, Sarah Jane and Davie visit the buried village but are scared off by Te Pourinui. Mr Bain continues to study the increasing thermal activity. A 25 reward has been announced for information about the person selling illegal liquor to the Maoris but for Gilfillan it only means more paperwork. Mabel Dwyer tries to form a business partnership with Sir Charles to develop their land but he's no longer interested in dealing with them having received legal advice identifying someone else as the proper owner of the land. The kids search for the location of Dwyer's illegal still. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Peter McCauley as Captain Bloom, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans

Dark Secrets

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Episode 7
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

The kids are found at Doomy Dwyer's alcohol storehouse by some of the local Maori who destroy everything inside. Gilfillan arrives to investigate but with no still on site and no evidence linking Dwyer to the location, all Gilfillan can do is warn the kids against interfering in his investigation. Tom endures more teasing from Davie about his friendship with Sarah Jane. Hema tries to convince Tom to drink sulphur water to stop him from thinking of girls. Sir Charles welcomes a guest, George Samuels, a Maori gentleman who believes his forefathers are the rightful owners of the disputed land. Sir Charles agrees to purchase the land from him. Sarah Jane and Kiri discover Dwyer's still is hidden in a sacred Maori burial cave but Tom doesn't want to tell Gilfillan believing he must be working with Dwyer. Tom, Davie and Sarah Jane investigate the cave and destroy Dwyer's still. Sir Charles dismisses Mr Bain's suggestion that there is a connection between the increasing thermal activity and Sir Charles's interest in buying the disputed land. Gilfillan brings Sir Charles news of George Samuels' sudden death. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Bill Johnson as School Master, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Grant McFarland as George Samuels, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader

Black Magic

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Episode 8
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Tamati's boat is sunk, seemingly as payback for the kids destroying Doomy's still. Sir Charles returns to Wainamu having won a court challenge against Dwyer for ownership of the disputed land. Pending a stronger claim, the land will be his. In a desperate attempt to claim ownership via occupation, Doomy and Sid set up camp on the land. Two agents from Customs and Excise arrive inquiring about Gilfillan's progress in stopping the illegal alcohol trade. Doomy collapses upon seeing the two agents on their way to question him. No one can prove it but everyone believes he is faking. Tom and his friends confess to Gilfillan and the agents about destroying the still in the cave. Doomy walks off in the middle of the night in a trance-like state and disappears. Tom finds his hat at the edge of the hot mud pools causing people to assume the worst. Tom and Davie see Sid digging what appears to be a grave. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Alan Carlisle as Doctor, Desmond Woods as Findlay, Norman Fletcher as Davies, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans

The Ghost of Doomy Dwyer

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Episode 9
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Tom tells Sgt Gilfillan about seeing Sid digging a grave the night of Doomy's disappearance. Gilfillan does not react well to this latest tale. Sir Charles dismisses the Maori's beliefs as mere 'stories' and pushes ahead with his hotel development. Sir Charles' surveyor arrives but the man's Maori assistant has refused to work on sacred land forcing Sir Charles to do the man's job himself. Tom tries to convince his friends Doomy has faked his disappearance and to prove his theory, recruits his friends to help dig up whatever they saw Sid burying. Christopher is confronted by a group of Maori while studying the thermal pools. The boys dig up Sid's 'grave' and find a cow hide with a brand on it. While pondering Sid's reason for burying it, they are scared off by the appearance of Doomy's ghost. Sir Charles is irate to find out his survey stakes have all been removed. Gilfillan warns the Maori about interfering and Sir Charles promptly begins redoing the work. The survey site is surveilled at night and Hema is caught removing the new survey pegs. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Geoffrey Clendon as Surveyor, Desmond Woods as Findlay, Norman Fletcher as Davies

Heroes

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Episode 10
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Sir Charles is upset at Hema's actions and continues to be confounded by the Maori's opposition to his development. A newspaper report links the branded cow hide the boys unearthed to cattle thieves in the area. Christopher is puzzled by the sudden changes in the lake's water level. The widow Dwyer sets her sights on Sgt Gilfillan. The boys follow Sid's runway horse and find Doomy hiding out in the bush. They tie him up and take him back to town along with the new still and stolen cattle he was found with. The boys are lauded as heroes by the town. Sarah Jane sees a Maori war canoe on the lake but none of the other kids do. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Desmond Woods as Findlay, Norman Fletcher as Davies

Mafeking

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Episode 11
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

Guide Anna believes Sarah Jane's vision of the war canoe may may be a sign of a great eruption. In the midst of a heat wave, the townsfolk celebrate the end of the Siege of Mafeking but not everyone is impressed by Sir Charles speech praising the glory of the British Empire and the Englishman's superiority. Christopher asks Tom to take him across the lake to study the mountain, believing an eruption in imminent. Sir Charles' health takes a sudden turn for the worse after the laying of the hotel's foundation stone. Sarah Jane pleads with Sir Charles to give up the land but he won't hear a word of it. Sarah Jane and Kiri row across the lake to the buried village. As the town gathers to watch the eruption, Tom ponders the safety of anyone still on the mountain. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Bill Johnson as School Master, Alan Carlisle as Doctor

Evacuation

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Episode 12
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

With the volcano in full eruption, Tom alerts his father that Christopher is still on the mountain and that Sarah Jane and Kiri have gone to the nearby buried village. Gilfillan requisitions Captain Bloom's boat to mount a rescue. Christopher is found right away on the shore of the lake but there is no sign of the girls. The rescue party is forced to retreat back to town where the girls soon return having been lead to safety by Te Pourinui. Sarah Jane pleads with her grandfather to give up his claim on the land but he is steadfast in his belief that the eruption is simply natural forces at work. An evacuation of the town begins but the fleeing townsfolk are forced to seek refuge in the schoolhouse. Sir Charles, having refused to leave, plays chess with his doctor as fire rains down around them. However, when the destruction intensifies, Sir Charles goes to meet with the Maoris and relinquishes his title to the land, chastising them for believing it will make any difference to the mountain. ©tzuk

Cast: Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Peter McCauley as Captain Bloom, Alan Carlisle as Doctor, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans

Farewell

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Episode 13
Written by Roger Simpson
Directed by Peter Sharp

The townsfolk emerge from the schoolhouse and survey the damage to their homes in the light of the new day. Doomy Dwyer is prepared to please guilty and pay his debt to society and Mabel promises to wait for him. Christopher asks Emily's father for her hand in marriage. Sir Charles has decided to abandon his hotel plans for good and return home to England, leaving behind this 'uncivilized' and 'backward' land. Sgt Gilfillan informs Tom that Customs and Excise has agreed to give the boys the reward for Doomy's capture. However, due to their age, the reward will be in the form of educational books. Christopher and Emily's engagement party is interrupted by news from the war — Tamati was performed heroically in battle and will be honoured upon his return to Auckland. Before boarding the train with her grandfather, Sarah Jane bids a tearful goodbye to her friends and promises to never forget her visit to Wainamu. ©tzuk

Paul Airey as Tom, Rachel Weston as Sarah Jane, Ian Narev as Davie, Ross Duzevich as Hema, Melissa-Aroha Baker as Kiri, Terence Cooper as Sir Charles Pemberton, Peter Vere-Jones as James Gregory, Marion Parry as Elizabeth Gregory, Waric Slyfield as Gilfillan, Keri Johnson as Emily Gregory, John Givins as Christopher Bain, Martyn Sanderson as Doomy Dwyer, Helen Dorward as Mabel Dwyer, Mark Hadlow as Sid, Esther Davis as Guide Anna, Tamahina Tinirau as Te Pourinui, Jacqui Dunn as Mrs. Evans, Paki Cherrington as Vigilante Leader, Bill Johnson as School Master, Alan Carlisle as Doctor