Airdate: Beaconsfield

By David Knox on April 11, 2012 / Filed Under Programming, Top Stories 10

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.


  1. Carringbush April 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm -

    @ Ronnie
    I felt the same way but was interested to here that Hulme actually was chosen for the part but couldn’t commit because of another project.

  2. Ronnie April 13, 2012 at 8:41 am -

    Another thing about Nine I don’t get is why they push certain actors into everything they do (Peter Phelps, Gigi Edgly etc). Casting Lachy Hume in this perfect, but then casting him as Kerry Packer in Howzat, (particularly after Rob Carlton’s dazzling performance in Paper Giants) is a bit odd. I will LOL if Rob gets the Logie for most outstanding actor for his portrayal of KP on Sunday night.

  3. Craig April 12, 2012 at 7:57 am -

    Looks good but the problem with Nine right now is these one off specials are not doing much to rein-in the Seven ratings juggernaut.

  4. Beckala April 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm -

    LOL Clofts!! That was a definite LOL! Maybe he’s hoping he’ll be in the inevitable One Direction film too after today!!

  5. clofts April 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm -

    So who is going to play the part of the ambulance chaser..?

  6. steve sydney April 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm -


    I believe that’s the same premiere date for TEN’s show “Touch”… that’s where I’ll be

  7. universe93 April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm -

    “caged in a space so small they couldn’t sit up straight or lie down.”

    In the preview commercial on Nine, they’re shown in a spacious area lying down. Sigh.

  8. Fitzah April 11, 2012 at 6:45 pm -

    Looks great, really can’t wait.

  9. tvtwitic April 11, 2012 at 6:35 pm -

    Makes sense, being the anniversary week of the event. Tipping this to rate quite well, it really is do or die for Nine over the next few weeks.

  10. D@GP April 11, 2012 at 6:14 pm -

    Show looks good.

    But, at the risk of having this comment “awaiting moderation” for several days, my previous praise of 9 “keeping the Alcatraz dream alive” has been nobbled.

    Mon Apr 16 sees the second last episode ‘shafted’ (couldn’t resist in this particular post) back into the graveyard shift (10.30pm),

    My source: 7’s TV Guide.

    I guess (hope & pray) that the final episode still gets scheduled.

    “awaiting moderation”? Check the time this post was posted…

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