Howzat! The Kerry Packer Story

Premieres Sunday, August 19

The most-anticipated drama of the year, HOWZAT! KERRY PACKER’S WAR is how legendary media mogul Kerry Packer, played by Lachy Hulme fought a cricket war by secretly signing up 50 of the world’s greatest players to form a breakaway tournament.

Packer took on the Australian Cricket Board and MCCC in a war over TV rights and threw the cricket world into turmoil by creating ‘World Series Cricket’.

He knew the players, who had been underpaid for years, were on the point of rebellion against the cricket authorities. His rebel games clashed head-on with official test matches, and the war was on.

Polishing an idea by John Cornell (Abe Forsythe), Packer fought a bitter two-year battle against the cricket establishment doing its best to protect the hundred-year legacy of pride.

in the traditional nature of the poorly paid game.

The result changed cricket forever. Howzat also stars Damon Gameau as Greg Chappell, Brendan Cowell as Rodney Marsh, Clayton Watson as Ian Chappell, Mathew Le Nevez as Dennis Lillee, Richard Davies as David Hookes and Alex England as Tony Greig.

User comments
I am really look forward to seeing this. I wonder who will play Richie Benaud as he a major involvement behind the scenes in the formation of World Series Cricket. Would Billy Birmingham take the role I wonder as he is the only man that does Richie Benaud so well. Well done to Channel 9 for putting this together and I cannot wait to see it.
I was present at the first One Day International held under lights at the SCG. I had met Mr Packer earlier in the day, however I had a second encounter with him around dusk. The story from there would make an interesting scene for your mini series, and probably not for his foresight and contacts it would have seen day night cricket severely hampered.
When will the series go to air?
Is this a proposed series andor is it available ? Thank you

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