The battle between the Murdoch and Packer empires has long since divided Australians and even for someone who didn’t grow up in the country, the story has intrigue.
The first half of Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story aired on Channel Nine on Sunday. This two-part drama, which actually covers six episodes, spans 1960 to 1972 and takes you behind the empires of Australia’s most notorious media families. From the creators of Howzatt! Kerry Packer’s War, Power Games features many of the same actors, albeit in different roles. Lachy Hume, having played Kerry in Howzatt! features as his father Frank in Power games and Alexander England who played Tony Greig in the earlier series, stars as Clyde packer in this version.
Making his name in rural newspapers in the early 1960s soon brought a young Rupert Murdoch (Peter Brammall) to the attention of media mogul Frank Packer. Inviting Rupert to cocktails and tennis at the family pile, Frank soon leaves him in no doubt that he’s watching every move he makes. The cunning of Murdoch is pitted against the experience of Packer and the rest as they say is history. However, history, when well written and acted, is incredibly interesting to watch. From Frank’s often half-cocked ideas and troublesome relationship with his sons, to Rupert’s inability to maintain a relationship, Power Games really does have something or everyone.
If you missed the first three episodes which screened on Sunday, you can catch up at Catchup.ninemsn.com.au
The second installments go to air on Sunday, 15 September at 8.30pm.