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Howzat! Kerry Packer's War 

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 ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Lachy Hulme ...  Kerry Packer 2 episodes, 2012
Abe Forsythe ...  John Cornell 2 episodes, 2012
Damon Gameau ...  Greg Chappell 2 episodes, 2012
Brendan Cowell ...  Rodney Marsh 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Le Nevez ...  Dennis Lillee 2 episodes, 2012
Clayton Watson ...  Ian Chappell 2 episodes, 2012
Craig Hall ...  Gavin Warner 2 episodes, 2012
Richard Davies ...  David Hookes 2 episodes, 2012
Alexander England ...  Tony Greig 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Cooper ...  Gary Cosier 2 episodes, 2012
Hamish Michael ...  Doug Walters 2 episodes, 2012
Tony Briggs ...  Clive Lloyd 2 episodes, 2012
Ryan O'Kane ...  Jeff Thomson 2 episodes, 2012
Peter Houghton Peter Houghton ...  Richie Benaud 2 episodes, 2012
Mandy McElhinney ...  Rose Mitchell 2 episodes, 2012
Cariba Heine ...  Delvene Delaney 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Bell ...  Clive Bell 2 episodes, 2012
Paul Ireland Paul Ireland ...  Joel Parker 2 episodes, 2012
Adam Zwar ...  Peter McFarline 2 episodes, 2012
Dave Lawson ...  Alan Shiell 2 episodes, 2012
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Harry Chester 2 episodes, 2012
Robert Grubb ...  Tagge Webster 2 episodes, 2012
Neil Melville ...  Ray Steele 2 episodes, 2012
Helmut Bakaitis ...  Bob Parish 2 episodes, 2012
Justin Smith ...  David Hill 2 episodes, 2012
Angus Sampson ...  Allan Johnson 2 episodes, 2012
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ...  Paul Hogan 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Coghlan Nicholas Coghlan ...  Austin Robertson 2 episodes, 2012
Ken Radley Ken Radley ...  Len Maddocks 2 episodes, 2012
Andrew Carbone Andrew Carbone ...  Max Walker 2 episodes, 2012
Mallory Jansen ...  Sharon 2 episodes, 2012
Debbie Zukerman ...  Kylie 2 episodes, 2012
Mike Bishop Mike Bishop ...  Doug Insole 2 episodes, 2012
Darrel Brown Darrel Brown ...  Andy Roberts 2 episodes, 2012
Angus Grant Angus Grant ...  Warren Berkery 2 episodes, 2012
Nicholas Bendall Nicholas Bendall ...  Colin Stephenson 2 episodes, 2012
Paul Ashcroft Paul Ashcroft ...  John Crilly 2 episodes, 2012
Richard Young Richard Young ...  John Maley 2 episodes, 2012
Bruce Hughes Bruce Hughes ...  Journalist at Lords 2 episodes, 2012
Heidi Weatherald Heidi Weatherald ...  Daphne Benaud 2 episodes, 2012
Daniel Worrell Daniel Worrell ...  Mick Malone 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Bright Matthew Bright ...  Ray Bright 2 episodes, 2012
Aiden March Aiden March ...  Rick McCosker 2 episodes, 2012
Guy Walker Guy Walker ...  Ian Davis 2 episodes, 2012
Tristan O'Shannessy Tristan O'Shannessy ...  Len Pascoe 2 episodes, 2012
Matthew Brown Matthew Brown ...  Kerry O'Keefe 2 episodes, 2012
Simon Cormie Simon Cormie ...  Ritchie Robinson 2 episodes, 2012


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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Packer wins again
27 June 2013 | by psp22929See all my reviews

What a pity that Kerry Packer was such an unlikeable bloke. He had the money to be able to step on anyone's toes to make a buck, and the bottom line of this show is that he does it again - doesn't matter who or how many are in the way. Look at the way he humiliates his staff - fact or fiction? There is enough evidence around to know it was fact, but that was Kerry Packer all over - just that this time it was cricket.

What is good about the show is that it gave a chance to many younger Aussie actors - too often we see the same old faces time and again. It was refreshing to watch some other actors all doing a decent job. I am sure many watched to see how their old cricket heroes appeared in this series. And I don't think anyone would have been disappointed. The producers really did spend time and money to groom appearances.

It's just a pity that Packer's obnoxiousness keeps getting in the way.

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19 August 2012 (Australia) See more »

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