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Children of the Dog Star 

An alien lands on Earth and is taken in by Earth children.




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Series cast summary:
Sarah Dunn Sarah Dunn ...  Gretchen Kierney 6 episodes, 1984
Jeison Wallace Jeison Wallace ...  Ronny Kepa 6 episodes, 1984
Hamish Bartle Hamish Bartle ...  Bevis Elliott 6 episodes, 1984
Roy Billing ...  Donald Kierney 6 episodes, 1984
Susan Wilson Susan Wilson ...  Kathleen Kierney 6 episodes, 1984
Catherine Wilkin Catherine Wilkin ...  Helen Elliott 6 episodes, 1984
Raymond Hawthorne Raymond Hawthorne ...  Herbert Mitchell 6 episodes, 1984
David McKenzie David McKenzie ...  Vic Mitchell 6 episodes, 1984
Anzac Wallace ...  Mataui Kepa 6 episodes, 1984
John Mellor John Mellor ...  Constable Ben Willis 5 episodes, 1984
Whatanui Skipwith Whatanui Skipwith ...  Hemi 4 episodes, 1984


12-year-old Gretchen Kierney is fascinated by the stars and hopes one day to explore them for herself. She comes closer than she ever expected to this dream when she stays at her uncle's farm one summer. There seems to be an alien presence there, but what is it, and what is the mysterious weather vane on top of the barn that seems to know Gretchen's every step? Meanwhile, the local Maori tribe is battling property developers over the nearby swampland - a sacred site their legends tell them must be forever off-limits to humans. Gretchen, along with her new friends, Ronny and Bevis, discover the two things may be related when mysterious power cuts begin to occur all over town and strange things start to come out of the swamp. Somehow, the answer is linked with the distant star Sirius B and the mythology of the Dogon people a continent away, but who is the mysterious Kolob, and what does he want with the children? Written by Muldwych

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Sci-Fi | Thriller




New Zealand



Release Date:

2 April 1984 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Het kolob-Mysterie See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Kolob is a name from Mormon mythology. See more »


Gretchen Kierney: We'll dig it up again when we're older.
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References Battlestar Galactica (1978) See more »

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21 December 2009 | by MaxamusSee all my reviews

I was like four or five when I saw this on TV. Used to try and watch it but sometimes was too scary. Think it was because the music the played when the showed Daisy The Weather Vane and the shape of it was like something that was going to hurt me. Just got it on DVD and still love it Gretchen is like me always wanting to play with mechanical and technical things and sometime felt left out because people I knew didn't understand or didn't like what I liked to do. It was cool how spaceys(video games) were 20c to. I think Children Of the Dog Star is better then what kids are watching to day. Thanks to TVNZ for letting me relive this classic.

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