Bodyline (1984)

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Series cast summary:
 Douglas Jardine (7 episodes, 1984)
 Donald Bradman (7 episodes, 1984)
Jim Holt ...
 Harold Larwood (7 episodes, 1984)
 Pelham Warner (7 episodes, 1984)
John Gregg ...
 Percy George Fender (7 episodes, 1984)
Heather Mitchell ...
 Edith (7 episodes, 1984)
John Walton ...
 Bill Woodfull (7 episodes, 1984)
Alan David Lee ...
 Eddie Paynter / ... (2 episodes, 1984)


Dramatization of the 1932/33 Test cricket series between England and Australia. Played in Australia, the series gained notoriety in Australian and worldwide cricketing history for the fact that the English team (headed by captain Douglas Jardine) applied a bowling technique called "leg theory", or more commonly, Bodyline. This technique involved bowlers bowling the ball directly at the batsman's body, and resulted in many of the Australian team receiving numerous bruises and injuries, with batsman Bert Oldfield sustaining a cracked skull. The series generated much anger and resentment towards the English team within Australia and seriously damaged Anglo-Australian cricketing relations at the time. Written by Dave Bowyer <>

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The day England declared war on Australia.


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16 July 1984 (Australia)  »

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(7 episodes)


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In Episode 7, the series portrays Woodfull being bowled by Larwood. However, the records show Woodfull was bowled by Mitchell in the first innings. See more »


Douglas Jardine: I demand an apology, one of your team mates called me a bastard.
Australian Player: Which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?
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Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Episode #2.7 (2009) See more »

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Dont you just love sentimental Aussies.
5 February 2001 | by (London , England) – See all my reviews

Bodyline was a good TV film. It gave the Australian Film Industry the chance to celebrate an Aussie "legend" and paint the poms as mean , vindictive and unsporting in a story centred around the events of 1932-33 Ashes series. Ian Holts, Harold Larwood was great and the actor who played Eddie Painter was a stunning portrayal of an often forgotten English cricket hero.Capt Douglas Jardine was portrayed as a racist and a man who would bend the rules to win at any cost.Whilst Capt Bill Woodfield was the great noble battler trying in vain to play the game against unscrupulous opponents. Bradman (played by Gary Sweet) is the hero , as he is bowled out 1st ball and then proceeds to try and get into journalism so he can get a career.Bradman is swiftly brought back into line and then proceeds to score the centuries he was famous for. Though the producer or director didn't delve into Bradmans popularity with his fellow players...An Aussie will know what I mean.

Tempers fly and International recriminations dog the tour , also the Australian attempt at fairness was the portrayal of Guppy Allen who wouldnt bowl Bodyline , so that the viewer was assured that not all poms are bad.. The sick in the bucket moment was when one of the Aussie cricketers was comparing there experience to there fathers experience in Gallipoli and then urged his players "to kop it sweet". After all the justifiable criticisms , this Made for TV Film should be welcome to any English home , because we just love sentimental Australians.

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