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 Douglas Jardine (7 episodes, 1984)
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 Donald Bradman (7 episodes, 1984)
Jim Holt ...
 Harold Larwood (7 episodes, 1984)
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 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)
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 Eddie Paynter / ... (2 episodes, 1984)
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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 <aussie@ccnet.com>

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The day England declared war on Australia.

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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 »

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Richardson: [to Jardine] You cannot dictate terms to the MCC!
Douglas Jardine: Well, in that case, my resignation with be on your table in the morning!
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Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Episode #2.7 (2009) See more »

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An epic mini-series for Australia; featuring the most controversial scandal in Australian sporting history.
5 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This mini-series depicts the most scandalous portion of Australian sporting history; when the touring English cricket team employed controversial tactics in order to try and win back "the ashes"; the symbolic cricketing trophy between England and Australia. Australians play all the major roles, including those of Englishmen, showing that for 1984, Australian acting and cinema had come of age and Australians could portray other nationalities in their own films.

Of special note in "Bodyline" is the early appearance of veteran Australian actor, Hugo Weaving ("Priscilla; Queen of the Desert", "Russian Doll", "The Matrix" etc)as the fussy and feisty England captain, Douglas Jardine. Look also for pretty-boy Gary Sweet as the evergreen Australian cricketing hero, Don Bradman and the venerable Frank Thring as Lord Jackson, the English cricketing president.


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