More strategically, it served as the warm-up act for tonight’s main event: Gallipoli.
But both Gina Rinehart and Rose Porteous in separate statements, have condemned the miniseries.
Hancock Prospecting executive director Tad Watroba said Nine’s David Gyngell had been advised of errors prior to the production airing.
He described the show as “a tacky grab for ratings, damaging the memory of good Australians along the way.”
A spokesperson for TEN shareholder Gina Rinehart also released a list of “glaring errors” in the show:
- Despite the portrayal, Mr Hancock and Mrs Rinehart had a loving, father/daughter relationship, and were together throughout the funeral of Hope Hancock, and to portray otherwise is wrong.
- Mrs Rinehart was very close to her mother and did not continue to holiday or honeymoon in the United States when her mother was dying as the show has suggested. That is a disgusting implication. There was no phone call to Mrs Rinehart to come home during her short honeymoon.
- Mrs Rinehart did not participate in or condone doing deals with Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu, nor did she or her father endorse a presentation to an investor group using a nuclear device for anti-environmental intent. That never happened.
- Mr Hancock never told Mrs Rinehart that no one could ever love her, or that her husband never loved her. The scene was made up and untrue. Her relationship with Mr Frank Rinehart was very loving, and her mother loved her son in law also.
- Nor was there a scene where Mr Hancock said terrible things about his daughter’s appearance.
Australian Mining contacted Channel Nine this morning, however they have refused to comment.
It’s not the first time dramatic license has been used to compress or massage actual events in order to create further television drama. One such case for Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo led to legal action.
Last week Rose Porteous wrote:
I know this program will just be another tangled web of fiction based on sensationalising the truth.
They really do not know what happened behind closed doors. I do not talk about such things.
What happens between a man and a woman in a closed room is a private and sacred affair.
Of course I can understand why people are interested.
My life is very colourful.
My personality is very complex. I always speak my mind and I have an acid tongue.
I love a witty one-liner. Friends call me “Typhoon Rose” because wherever I go there is drama.
A spokeswoman for Channel Nine said.”At this point we are not making any formal comments. But to be clear House of Hancock is a television Drama event.”