Airdate: Gallipoli

2014_03_26 Gallipoli_0103 matt runningIn case you missed it, Gallipoli is confirmed for a premiere Monday February 9th on Nine -avoiding that battle (presumably) with Downton Abbey and Broadchurch.

Nine began screening watermarks with the date yesterday.

No time is confirmed as yet, but presumably it plays “after The Block.” As there will be a lot of viewers who want to watch one show but not the other hopefully Nine locks in a start time and sticks to it. This is a story that should be given due care.

The first episode is a double, thereafter it should continue with one a week.

Gallipoli, a landmark television event, tells the story of 17-year-old Thomas “Tolly” Johnson (rising international star Kodi Smit-McPhee) who lies about his age to join his brother Bevan in the Great War.

Gallipoli is the definitive dramatisation of the bloody Anzac battles against the Turks that did so much to shape the Australian identity 100 years ago.

This seven-part series which covers the entire eight-month campaign is the must-see television event of 2015.

The First Day begins as dawn breaks on April 25, 1915, and Anzac troops go into battle on the beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula. Landing in the dark, Tolly, Bevan and their mates are thrust into the chaos, heartbreak and despair of the doomed campaign that embodied the courage and mateship that forged the Anzac legend.

One month later, in My Friend, The Enemy, we find the young soldiers dug in, struggling to hold their position against unrelenting Turkish attacks. But amidst all the fighting both sides agree to an armistice to bury their dead. They trade gifts, cigarettes and broken conversation, and the Anzacs are confronted with the realisation that the Turkish soldiers are just like them.

Gallipoli also features Harry Greenwood, Lachy Hulme, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Lincoln Lewis, James Callis, Grant Bowler, Anthony Hayes, Justine Clarke, Damon Gameau, Ashleigh Cummings, Gracie Gilbert, Dan Wyllie, Sam Parsonson, Tom Budge, John Bach, Nicholas Hope and James Stewart, as well as a host of Australia’s most exciting young actors.

Gallipoli is produced for the Nine Network by John Edwards, Imogen Banks and Rob Connolly from Endemol.

Directed by Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues), with scripts by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue), Gallipoli is inspired by Les Carlyon’s best-selling book of the same name.

10 Comments:

  1. Lets hope it gets better than this, so far can’t stop yawning, very been there done that, if this is the best we can hope for from this mini series God help Australian TV

  2. Lets hope 9 figure out that letting a stupid reality program overrun by 10 or 15 minutes is a bad idea… before they attempt to air this after said stupid reality program.

  3. @Nate — I agree 100%.

    I’ll try watching the first episode. If Nine ruins it with pop-ups, intrusive watermarks, etc, I’m going to stop watching and wait until the DVD set is released later in the year.

  4. One of the extremely few things out of 9 I’ll watch albeit via timeshifting so I don’t have to put up with the 20min Block overrun and umpteen ad breaks.

    9 you’ve got one job with this, be respectful, don’t telecast it with a giant watermark advertising the Block, Hancock, BBT or some other rubbish and no pop-up adverts advertising your trashy shows.

  5. This is good to know. Obviously Love Child will be later in the year (last year it began in February) thus won’t impact on Monday’s Revenge or the predicted time slot for HTGAWM (both of which I’ll watch).

  6. Secret Squirrel

    “In case you missed it,..”
    Ha-ha. I’m guessing that it’s been given saturation advertising on Nine.

    I’m interested in seeing this but I’m not going to have The Block on mute while I’m waiting for it to start at some indeterminate time.

  7. Why oh why can’t we have this in HD?! Surely the scale and epic nature of a series like this would be better served in the hi-def format.

    Hopefully they will sling it over to Stan quick smart so we can get it there in all its glory.

  8. Actually, I did miss it! They have been advertising it for so long that we don’t even see or hear the adds anymore …but they never seem to understand that do they?? Same with The Block, MKR, and on and on and on!
    In one ear … out the other!

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