1 9 8 4 (Australia)
7 x 60 minute episodes
This seven-part Australian miniseries from the Kennedy-Miller production team presented a dramatisation of the 1932/33 Ashes cricket series between England and Australia.
Played in Australia, the series gained notoriety in cricketing history for the fact that the English team – headed by captain Douglas Jardine (Hugo Weaving in his first major role) – applied an intimidatory bowling technique called “leg theory” (or “bodyline” as the Australians call it) to curb Donald Bradman’s freakish batting and win back the Ashes.
The technique involved bowling the ball directly at the batsman’s body, resulting in many of the Australian team receiving injuries, with batsman Bert Oldfield (Les Dayman) sustaining a cracked skull and creating much anger and resentment towards the English team within Australia.
A large amount of dramatic license is taken with the facts, and the $5 million series was criticised by those who had participated and were still alive.
If you’re not interested in cricket or don’t understand it, this series has nothing for you.
Percy George Fender
Alan David Lee
Nawab of Pataudi
Prime Minister Lyons
Celia De Burgh
Sir Reevers Randall Rogers
Lady Randall Rogers