Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (2012)

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 Kerry Packer (2 episodes, 2012)
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 John Cornell (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Greg Chappell (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Rodney Marsh (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Dennis Lillee (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ian Chappell (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Gavin Warner (2 episodes, 2012)
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 David Hookes (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Tony Greig (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Gary Cosier (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Doug Walters (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Clive Lloyd (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Jeff Thomson (2 episodes, 2012)
Peter Houghton ...
 Richie Benaud (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Rose Mitchell (2 episodes, 2012)
Cariba Heine ...
 Delvene Delaney (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Clive Bell (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Joel Parker (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Peter McFarline (2 episodes, 2012)
Dave Lawson ...
 Alan Shiell (2 episodes, 2012)
Russell Newman ...
 Harry Chester (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Tagge Webster (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Ray Steele (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Bob Parish (2 episodes, 2012)
Justin Smith ...
 David Hill (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Allan Johnson (2 episodes, 2012)
Travis McMahon ...
 Paul Hogan (2 episodes, 2012)
Nicholas Coghlan ...
 Austin Robertson (2 episodes, 2012)
Ken Radley ...
 Len Maddocks (2 episodes, 2012)
Andrew Carbone ...
 Max Walker (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Sharon (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Kylie (2 episodes, 2012)
Mike Bishop ...
 Doug Insole (2 episodes, 2012)
Darrel Brown ...
 Andy Roberts (2 episodes, 2012)
Angus Grant ...
 Warren Berkery (2 episodes, 2012)
Nicholas Bendall ...
 Colin Stephenson (2 episodes, 2012)
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 John Crilly (2 episodes, 2012)
Richard Young ...
 John Maley (2 episodes, 2012)
Bruce Hughes ...
 Journalist at Lords (2 episodes, 2012)
Heidi Weatherald ...
 Daphne Benaud (2 episodes, 2012)
Daniel Worrell ...
 Mick Malone (2 episodes, 2012)
Matthew Bright ...
 Ray Bright (2 episodes, 2012)
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The Ashes is the pinnacle of world cricket with two old enemies, Australia and England, going head to head. This series is the story of World Series Cricket and its creator, Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who signed up the world's greatest players and set up a parallel cricket competition. The Australian cricket team, visiting England in 1977 for the Ashes series, fields a team full of legends. Cricket is undergoing a revolution and the cricket establishment will be brought to its knees. Written by Ben Loane

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Highly Entertaining Retelling of a Cataclysmic Event in World Cricket
8 July 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

HOWZAT! recounts the growth and development of World Series Cricket, helmed by Kerry Packer (Lachy Hulme), who signed up over fifty of the world's best players to play a series of "Super-Tests" in opposition to the established version of the game. Through his efforts the pay and conditions of most Test cricketers were radically improved; his other innovations - accepted as standard today - included colored clothing, white balls and day/night one-day matches. This is a highly entertaining, if somewhat romanticized version of events: Hulme's Packer is an obsessive, with absolutely no manners whatsoever, whose dedication to the cause remains admirable nonetheless. The Australian cricket team are portrayed as co-conspirators, while Richie Benaud (Peter Houghton) becomes Packer's willing ally, even though reduced to silence during one of the magnate's spectacular tirades. Following the BODYLINE series of the Eighties, the British are portrayed as supercilious and old- fashioned - especially the cricket administrators of the MCC, and the lawyers charged with defending Packer's cause. On the other hand England captain Tony Greig (Alexander England), becomes an enthusiastic and articulate supporter - perhaps because he is not British but South African. While the story keeps close to the historical facts, it nonetheless shows how post-colonial attitudes still pervade the Australian psyche - at least in terms of its media products.


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