Miniseries on Alan Bond’s life

The Nine Network is creating a miniseries about Alan Bond’s life.

The Nine Network, once famously bought for $1 billion by Alan Bond, is creating a miniseries about the controversial businessman’s life.

With help from veteran ABC journalist Paul Barry, the two-to-three part miniseries will reveal hidden truths about the life of a man who was portrayed as both a legend and a villain to the Australian public. Paul Barry has written two books and presented two Four Corners documentaries about the late businessman.

As well as buying the Nine Network from Kerry Packer in 1987, the former Australian of the Year supported Australia’s win of the America’s Cup in 1982. He declared bankruptcy in 1992, having clocked up a debt of $1.8 billion, and was sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud five years later.

Bond died on 5 June this year after suffering complications following open heart surgery.

Head of drama for the Nine Network, Andy Ryan said the network was excited to develop the miniseries for the small screen. “Alan Bond was a larger-than-life character and a controversial figure in Australian public life,” he said.

The project, currently in development stages and will be produced by Cordell Jigsaw. It is expect to reach Australian television screens within two years.  

Read more at Sydney Morning Herald.

Will you watch the miniseries of Alan Bond’s life? Do you think it will reveal more about the prominent businessperson’s life or have Australians heard it all before?


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    25th Jun 2015
    Well I suppose that they have done plenty of aggrandisement on Ned Kelly and Alan Bond was just the modern day version of Ned Kelly. He robbed the rich and the poor to his own advantage. He took over companies and sold the assets to fund further takeovers. Who cares if they do a series on him as long as they portray him as the criminal that he was. I know that he had children and that they have to live with this history but how much of their wealth is due to their fathers misdoings.
    Tassie Devil
    25th Jun 2015
    Well said dougie ,
    what a waste of money creating a miniseries , I am for one will not watch it
    26th Jun 2015
    How much of their wealth? ALL of it - which goes to show how much was skimmed before and during the slow motion collapse of a PONZI system.
    Waiting to retire at 70
    25th Jun 2015
    What? The Thief from the West!!! Plan 10 episodes but only deliver 0.6cents in the dollar
    25th Jun 2015
    Who cares about Alan Bonds life he was a con man to say the least, a complete waste of money by the nine network hope they lose bigtime with this one.
    26th Jun 2015
    I'm waiting for the Underbelly franchise to make a mini series about Australia's union activity since the 1980's. Shorten's time with the AWU should prove prove especially interesting.
    26th Jun 2015
    Allan Bond was a Union man? Just goes to show....
    Precious 1
    27th Jun 2015
    And me lolol
    Precious 1
    27th Jun 2015
    Mini series about A Bond....well I always knew they make glowing comfort from criminal activities.....not watching...rather being in bed listening to ABC Radio lolol
    Precious 1
    27th Jun 2015
    When I lived in HK a Marine Architect asked me at the Kowloon Green Bowling club if I would or could recoup the money owing from said man for his nautical patterns of his one boat there for the Americas cup...of course when I brought documents back to Perth I was told not un flatteringly that he was away overseas for an unprecidictable time...

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