An anthology series based on works of major New Zealand writers. From the swaggies on the country road at the turn of the century to the city streets of the seventies, these stories reflect the loneliness and laughter, the problems and pleasures of life in New Zealand.

book coverShining with the Shiner: (5/4/1976)
By John A. Lee.
When times were hard, and men roamed the countryside searching for a day's work to buy a meal or a drink, one man danced scornfully above the hardship and privations. Ned Slattery, better known as Shiner, refused on principle to work, yet never lacked a meal, a bed, or a tot of whisky.
Sjiner Slatery - Ivan Beavis
The Hon. Mckey - Ian Mune
Publican - Ian Watkin
Ballarat Bertie - Harold Kissin
Harry the Lemon - Bernard Moody
Adapted by Roger Simpson
Directed by Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune

Big Brother, Little Sister (12/4/1976)
By Witi Ihimaera
Tow Children, Hema and Janey, try to run away from the violence and isolation of the city and the destruction of their family and home.
Hema - Dale Williams
Janey - Julie Wehipeihana
Wiki - Sue Hansen
Pera - Don Selwyn
Husband - Miritana Hughes
Adapted by Roger Simpson
Directed by Ian Mune

Blues for Miss Laverty (19/4/1976)
By Maurice Duggan
Miss Mary May Laverty, teacher of pianoforte and violin, clutching to hold the pieces of her life together with one hand, reaches out with the other... but motives and intentions can often be misread.
Miss Laverty - Yvonne Lawley
Mr Mooney - Russell Duncan
Paul - Leslie Day
Mirs Mooney - Pam Merwood
Adapted by Alan Smythe
Co-Directed by Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune

A lawful Excuse (26/4/1976)
by Barry Crumb
When a bloke makes a commitment, it’s for lile . . .or until things change. But for Mick and Charlie there are better things in life than prison.
Mick - Ian Mune
Charlie - Ivan Bevis
Johnny - John Black
Lawyer - Colin Duckworth
Adapted by Ross Jolly and D. Begbie
Directed by Roger Donaldson

A Great Day (3/5/1976)
By Frank Sargeson
Some People seem to get everything, while other get nothing. But when a man does own everything, he wants to keep it - even if it is only the fish in the sea.
Fred - William Smith
Ken - David Weatherley
Adapted by Arthur Baysting
Directed by Ian Mune

Alter the Depression (10/5/1976)
by Maurice Shadbolt
At the end of the great depression times were getting better for men who had been prepared to go anywhere, do anything, so long as it meant work. But for William Morrison, in 1938, the past could be a handicap and old enemies still held power.
William Morrison - Clyde Scott
Mrs Morrison - Jane Dyer
Ian Morrison - Cass Donald
Adapted by Arthur Baysting
Directed by Roger Donaldson

In 2018 restored versions of all the episodes were released for viewing on NZOnscreen:

Winners & Losers: Shining with the Shiner

Winners & Losers: After the Depression

Winners & Losers: Big Brother, Little Sister  

Winners & Losers: Blues for Miss Laverty

Winners & Losers: A Great Day

Winners & Losers: A Lawful Excuse

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