Drama based on events surrounding New Zealand's 1984 snap election, when the Labour Party, led by David Lange, was elected on an anti-nuclear platform.






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Series cast summary:
Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell ...  David Lange 2 episodes, 1995
Ian Mune ...  Sir Robert Muldoon 2 episodes, 1995
John Dybvig John Dybvig ...  Richard Armitage 2 episodes, 1995
Desmond Kelly Desmond Kelly ...  Monroe Browne 2 episodes, 1995
Jonathon Hendry Jonathon Hendry ...  Richard Prebble 2 episodes, 1995
Carol Smith Carol Smith ...  Margaret Pope 2 episodes, 1995
Jeffrey Thomas ...  Rod Deane 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Elliott ...  Simon Walker 2 episodes, 1995
Joanne Mildenhall Joanne Mildenhall ...  Naomi Lange 2 episodes, 1995
Allen O'Leary Allen O'Leary ...  Ross Vintiner 2 episodes, 1995
Bruce Allpress ...  Sir Ewan Jamieson 2 episodes, 1995
Guy Boyce Guy Boyce ...  Warren Cooper 2 episodes, 1995
Susan Brady Susan Brady ...  Labour MP 2 episodes, 1995
Walter Brown Walter Brown ...  George Schultz 2 episodes, 1995
Matthew Chamberlain Matthew Chamberlain ...  Chuck Donovan 2 episodes, 1995
David Copeland David Copeland ...  Joe Ronayne 2 episodes, 1995
Lee Donoghue ...  Byron Lange 2 episodes, 1995
David Douglas David Douglas ...  Bill Birch 2 episodes, 1995
Whetu Fala Whetu Fala ...  Fa'alele 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Gledhill Stephen Gledhill ...  Ken Richardson 2 episodes, 1995
Ross Jolly Ross Jolly ...  Brian MacDonnell 2 episodes, 1995
William Kircher ...  Richard Harmon 2 episodes, 1995
Nicholas Leggett Nicholas Leggett ...  Roy Lange 2 episodes, 1995
Colin McColl Colin McColl ...  Dick Griffin 2 episodes, 1995
Jim McLerty Jim McLerty ...  Jim Kelly 2 episodes, 1995
Madeline McNamara Madeline McNamara ...  Helen Clark 2 episodes, 1995
Brian McNeill Brian McNeill ...  Bernard Galvin 2 episodes, 1995
David McPhail David McPhail ...  Roger Douglas 2 episodes, 1995
Helen Moulder Helen Moulder ...  Thea Muldoon 2 episodes, 1995
Bruce Phillips ...  Geoffrey Palmer 2 episodes, 1995
Duncan Smith Duncan Smith ...  James Bolger 2 episodes, 1995
Patrick Smyth Patrick Smyth ...  Spencer Russell 2 episodes, 1995
Geoffrey Snell Geoffrey Snell ...  Don McKinnon 2 episodes, 1995
Zoe Squires Zoe Squires ...  Emily Lange 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Tozer Stephen Tozer ...  Jim McLay 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Vere-Jones ...  Gerald Hensley 2 episodes, 1995


Drama based on events surrounding New Zealand's 1984 snap election, when the Labour Party, led by David Lange, was elected on an anti-nuclear platform.

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3 February 2016 | by RoyalcourtierSee all my reviews

The summary is entirely wrong. The Labour Party was not elected in 1984 on an anti-nuclear policy. The Lange government banned American ship visits, and later introduced legislation to ban nuclear weapons, virtually by accident. Lange had miscalculated American policy and politicians, and found himself in a corner he could not get out of. As with any blustering left wing populist leader, he then resorted to petty nationalism and anti-Americanism.

Supporters of the anti-nuclear policy still like to refer to "our" anti-nuclear stand. The policy was neither popular nor was it a stand by the people. It was a mistake. Opinion polls at the time showed a majority supported ANZUS and opposed the ship ban.

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