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 5, TW Wall is shown being bowled by WR Hammond, when in fact he was given out LBW. 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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A story of one mans quest to win
2 November 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you like to watch cricket then this is a show for you.

An excellent Australian mini series that could do with being repeated and repeated.

This series is not and never has been available on tape or dvd.

Based on True events.

The show is based upon a series of cricket matches between England and Australia for the Ashes. Played in Australia between 1932-1933.

The Australians were the top team of the times and England just were not good enough to beat them, that is until they made a certain Douglas Jardine the English captain.

He was the man for the time and he did the unthinkable. He brought the ashes back to England and was hailed a hero.

He devised a style of bowling that the Australians did not like and indeed it was very dangerous and called Bodyline as the aim was to bowl at the body and not the stumps.

Some of the English bowlers even refused to bowl at the man. If this was the case they were dropped and another bowler used.

After returning from Australia and using Bodyline in England Mr Douglas Jardine was stripped of his captaincy and dropped from the English team never to play for England again.

Bodyline Bowling was then made illegal.

He was the man for the time and boy could English cricket do with him back.

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