Nine’s anticipated Beaconsfield telemovie, depicting the 2006 rescue of Todd Russell and Brant Webb, will premiere at 8:30pm Sunday April 22.
The rescue after more than two weeks underground attracted the attention of a global media. Both were famously signed by the Nine Network by then CEO Eddie McGuire.
The telemovie joins a rejuvenated Nine schedule that includes The Voice, The Block and Celebrity Apprentice.
On Anzac Day 2006, Todd Russell (Lachy Hulme) and Brant Webb (Shane Jacobson), along with fellow miner Larry Knight (Simon Lyndon), were trapped deep inside the Beaconsfield gold mine in Tasmania after a cave-in.
Todd and Brant were enclosed nearly 1000 metres underground, caged in a space so small they couldn’t sit up straight or lie down.
Most Australians know that Todd and Brant survived the mine collapse that killed their mate Larry. However, they don’t know much more than that. Now Beaconsfield tells the whole story.
After discovering the two men were alive, the search became a dramatic rescue mission. Working in conditions that could see another cave-in at any moment, colleagues worked tirelessly to get them out alive.
It was an event Australia and the world watched unfolding with bated breath. As every news outlet in the country scrambled to cover the story, the frantic work of the rescuers continued.
Beaconsfield recounts the story of two very different men who were trapped together while their wives, Carolyn Russell (Michala Banas) and Rachel Webb (Sacha Horler), waited anxiously above ground.
It tells how Matthew Gill (Cameron Daddo), Pat Ball (Anthony Hayes) and their resourceful teams rescued Todd and Brant.
But most of all, it is the story of how two amazing survivors, who had nothing in common, kept their heads together and their hope alive for 15 days and nights – and how Todd Russell and Brant Webb were finally freed from their own version of hell.
Sunday, April 22, at 8.30pm on Nine.