A documentary that caused a stoush between an SBS filmmaker and the ABC will have its airing next month.
The Howard Years is a four part series looking at the Liberal Government’s 11 year reign.
As previously reported, SBS has also been developing its own series, Liberal Rule. Independent producer Nick Torrens said the ABC agreed to sell archival footage in April last year, but later decided to put conditions on a sale to make sure that the SBS series is not screened before The Howard Years.
More than 50 interviews were conducted for the series, with John Howard giving 20 hours from his now more leisurely schedule.
Sneak Peek: The Howard Years
It airs at 8:30pm Monday November 17th.
During his 11 years as Prime Minister, John Howard led his government through a decade of monumental upheaval. Throughout it all, he proved himself to be the ultimate political master. Now, The Howard Years goes behind the scenes to present the inside story of the Howard Government and examine the legacy of his time in office.
Almost one year to the day after he lost government and his seat, John Howard speaks openly about the key moments that defined his Prime Ministership – among them the war on terror, East Timor, waterfront reform, the GST and his relationship with Peter Costello.
In the tradition of Labor In Power (the story of the Labor Government from 1983 – 1993) this four-part series is told through the words of the key players including John Howard, Peter Costello, George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Peter Reith, Alexander Downer, as well as key advisors and public servants.
More than 50 interviews were conducted for the series, with John Howard giving 20 hours of his time for interviews with Fran Kelly as well as background briefings. All up, over 180 hours of interviews were recorded in Australia and overseas.
The definitive television record of the Howard Government, the series documents the life and times of Australia’s second longest serving Prime Minister and the key events, achievements and controversies of his government.
The Howard Years premieres on ABC1 with extended interviews and exclusive information available at http://abc.net.au/howardyears