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Children of the Dog Star

TV Mini-Series

Country: New Zealand

Genre: Sci-Fi



On holiday at her uncle's farm in New Zealand, Gretchen befriends Ronny, a Maori boy with a troubled city past, and Bevis, the birdwatching son of a loathed developer. Tension is already high as the developer wants to buy and drain a local swamp for a housing estate; but Ronny's uncle is the guardian of a traditional Maori 'tapu' on the swamp. The swamp must not be touched, for something sleeps there that must not be awakened - something unnatural. Gradually, the children discover the pieces of an ancient alien space probe; and as they assemble the missing parts strange things begin to happen...


  • Comprising 6 episodes of approximately 24 minutes each.
  • The main idea of the plot of this miniseries was lifted from "The Sirius Mystery" (1976), a work of pseudoarchaeology written by Robert K. G. Temple (b. 1945).
  • The complete series is available to view on YouTube - link to episode 1 below.

Reviews and Other Resources

Picture for Children of the Dog Star


  • Sarah Dunn
    (Gretchen Kierney)
  • Jeison Wallace
    (Ronny Kepa)
  • Hamish Bartle
    (Bevis Elliott)
  • Anzac Wallace
    (Mataui Kepa)
  • Roy Billing
    (Donald Kierney)

BoyActors Reviews

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Great little series with a simple enough but layered and compelling plot. Its biggest strength is how well-drawn the characters are. Very creditable performances by the young amateur actors. Also see the 1981 series Under the Mountain.

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