Airdate: False Witness

By David Knox on December 31, 2008 / Filed Under Pay TV 18

A new two part thriller from the people behind Underbelly will have its World Premiere on the UKTV Channel in January.

False Witness starring Dougray Scott, Rachael Blake, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Claire Forlani, Don Hany and Richard Roxburgh weaves terrorism, espionage, conspiracies and action sequences into a story set in Sydney, Tajikistan and London.

With Screenwriter Peter Gawler and AFI-awarded director Peter Andrikidis, this is a mammoth co-production by the local channel,produced by Screentime.

It’s largely due to local content rules that UKTV has to produce local drama -it previously delivered Make or Break. You can catch this on Sunday January 11 at 8:30pm, concluding Monday night January 12th.

Press Release:
Set against the back drop of bickering intelligence agencies, fallible police forces and international tensions; False Witness is a supercharged two part thriller with factual foundations.

False Witness is set in present day Sydney, Tajikistan and London. The mini-series is inspired by real incidents known to international security agencies, including the 1997 theft of five Soviet built nuclear “suitcase bombs”, and explores a scenario that could lead to the West’s worst nightmare – a nuclear attack.

British diplomat Ian Porter is apprehended at Heathrow airport in possession of 20 kilos of heroin. Porter’s unwillingness to co-operate leaves Scotland Yard Inspector Julie Hales believing he is doing business with Russian arms and drugs trafficker Sergei Krousov.

Unaware that Krousov has intentions to sell a suitcase bomb, Scotland Yard offers to cut Porter a deal to turn on Krousov. In return, they’ll grant him immunity from prosecution and entry into their International Witness Protection Scheme.

Chief Inspector Hales accompanies Porter and his wife Pippa to Sydney, where chameleon Porter believes his handler at MI6 (Richard Roxburgh as Van Koors) can manipulate the Australian Federal Police protection team to allow him to complete his mission.

Australian Federal Police agent Mark Wilson and Hales have no idea of Porter’s MI6 links, so when their security is stunningly breached all hell breaks loose.

Taking you to the edge of your seat and beyond, False Witness navigates the murky world of international intelligence with an explosive and unstoppable chain reaction of events.

Stars: Dougray Scott as Ian Porter (Desperate Housewives; Mission Impossible II); Rachael Blake as Chief Inspector Hales (Lantana; Suburban Shootout); Jeremy Lindsay Taylor as Mark Wilson (Sea Patrol, Something in the Air); Claire Forlani as Pippa Porter (CSI:NY); Richard Roxburgh as Van Koors (Like Minds; Mission Impossible II) and Don Hany as Sergei Krusov (Underbelly, East West 101)

Writer, Peter Gawler; Director/Producer, Peter Andrikidis; Producer/Concept, Greg Haddrick; Executive Producers, Des Monaghan and Brendan Dahill.


  1. David Knox January 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm -

    Being cable TV yes there are a stack of repeats. Check your guide or EPG.

  2. kate January 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm -

    Will it be on again. I missed the second episode on Monday. How many episodes are there?

  3. David Knox January 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm -

    Song was cover of “The Real Thing” but the titles were too small for me to read who sang it.

  4. isabelle January 12, 2009 at 11:14 pm -

    I’m looking for the name and artist of the song that features on the ad too.
    Anyone know?

  5. Catie C8 January 12, 2009 at 1:36 pm -

    The stunts look really cool, did they use Australian stunt people in the show? Do all the actors have stunt doubles?

  6. Georgia January 6, 2009 at 8:23 pm -

    Does anyone know what the song is that features in the ad for False Witness?

  7. Alex January 5, 2009 at 11:00 am -

    To Russell..

    I just thought i’d mention.. that UKTV dont actually chase ratings very much… I’ve met their head programmer and this production is purely for the purpose of spending their money for being a drama channel…

  8. newtaste January 1, 2009 at 1:39 am -

    Airs in the US on 24 January 2009 as ‘The Diplomat’ on ION Television.

  9. David Knox December 31, 2008 at 6:04 pm -


  10. alex December 31, 2008 at 5:47 pm -

    Wasn’t Channel Nine originally making this???

  11. Marco December 31, 2008 at 5:38 pm -

    It’s going to be on BBC HD too. Ad looks really good.

  12. Russell December 31, 2008 at 4:57 pm -

    craig, 2 reasons

    1.UKTV is considered a drama channel and is thus subject to spend a certain amount of their programming budget a year on original Australian productions

    2. Original Australian productions rate. UKTV like everyone is chasing ratings

  13. Evan December 31, 2008 at 3:37 pm -

    It’s also on BBC HD the same night.

    Evan :->

  14. matt December 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm -

    Yeah there is a chance the abc might show it eventually, stupid stupid man, which aired originally on TV1, was one example of FTA channels airing Pay programs.

  15. Craig December 31, 2008 at 2:12 pm -

    You’re probably right Matt,

    I’d say the only chance for FTA is ABC since UKTV is part of BBC now.

  16. matt December 31, 2008 at 11:17 am -

    maybe because UKTV put money into the production of the show?

  17. RichoTB December 31, 2008 at 10:25 am -

    This might be alright as long as their accents aren’t too thick. Any chance of an FTA airing?

  18. Craig December 31, 2008 at 8:03 am -

    Why is a local production premiering on UKTV?

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