House of Bond

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House of Bond
GenreDrama
Written bySarah Smith
Directed byMark Joffe
Starring
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Andy Ryan
  • Jo Rooney
  • Michael Cordell
Producer(s)Paul Bennett
Running time2 x 75 mins
Production company(s)CJZ
Release
Original networkNine Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 April –
25 April 2017
External links
Production website

House of Bond is an Australian two-part drama mini-series about the life of business tycoon Alan Bond which was produced in 2016 and aired on the Nine Network on 24 and 25 April 2017.[1][2][3]

Synopsis[edit]

House of Bond is a dramatised account of the life of Alan Bond, from the 1960s to the 2000s.[4] Part One details Bond’s prominence as a property investor and entrepreneur finishing with his greatest triumph as head of the syndicate that won the 1983 America’s Cup. Part Two sees him expand on a global scale before his hubris saw his empire spectacularly falling down, becoming embroiled in a number of WA Inc. scandals including the bailout of the Rothwells Bank and the stripping of Bell Resources.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The series was criticised as "appalling" by Alan Bond's widow Eileen Bond.[6] His family released a statement, claiming it was "inaccurate and sensationalised".[7] Diana Bliss's brother Graeme, meanwhile appreciated Rachael Taylor’s sympathetic portrayal of his sister believing she would be pleased with the series.[8]

The series was generally well received. The Age and TV Week named the series ‘Pick of the Week’. TV Week gave it 5/5 saying ‘Adrienne Pickering is wonderful as the lively Eileen’. The Age called it ‘luxurious and ambitious’.[9] News.com.au called ‘a ‘riveting’ yarn.’[10] Debi Enker in The Sydney Morning Herald said it ‘has the quality of a Shakespearean tragedy...’ and ‘captures the flash-and-dazzle of the era and offers some insight into a singular and spectacular rise and fall.’[11] The Daily Telegraph called House of Bond a "flop",[12] and the series received a 2.5 star rating from TV Tonight [13]

Viewership[edit]

The mini-series averaged 657,000 across the five mainland capital cities on its final night winning its timeslot and increasing its ratings on the previous night.

No. Title Air date Timeslot Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Part 1 24 April 2017 Monday 9:00pm 613,000 11 135,000 8 748,000 [14][15]
2 Part 2 25 April 2017 Tuesday 9:00pm 657,000 11 120,000 10 777,000 [16][17]

DVD Release[edit]

The series was released on DVD by Universal Home Video on May 11, 2017.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (28 October 2015). "Nine Upfronts 2016: Nine goes HD, new lifestyle channel -and Daryl Somers returns – TV Tonight". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  2. ^ Knox, David (21 August 2016). "Nine delays House Husbands until 2017". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  3. ^ Knox, David (18 April 2017). "Airdate: House of Bond". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Telemovies & Miniseries (2017)". australiantelevision.net. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cast Announced". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  6. ^ Eileen Bond calls Nine’s new telemovie about late, ex-husband Alan ‘appalling’, News Corp, 30 March 2017
  7. ^ Carmody, Broede (25 April 2017). "Alan Bond's family condemn 'sensationalised' Channel Nine biopic House of Bond". SMH. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/alan-bonds-family-condemn-sensationalised-channel-nine-biopic-house-of-bond-20170424-gvrn2s.html
  9. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/our-pick-house-of-bond-is-a-glossy-insight-into-alan-bonds-style-over-substance-20170417-gvm7fy.html
  10. ^ http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/channel-nine-miniseries-house-of-bond-is-a-riveting-yarn-of-the-rise-and-fall-of-billionaire-alan-bond/news-story/e58d41e0aca5598f2780aac189873841
  11. ^ http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/alan-bond-biopic-depicts-the-lifestyles-of-the-slick-and-infamous-20170424-gvr1c8.html
  12. ^ Rutherford, Karlie. Latest biopic House of Bond is a ‘flop’ as reality TV dominates our screens. The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 26 April 2017. Accessed 12 May 2017
  13. ^ http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2017/04/house-of-bond.html House of Bond
  14. ^ "Monday 24 April 2017". tvtonight.com.au. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Timeshifted: Monday 24 April 2017". tvtonight.com.au. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Tuesday 25 April 2017". tvtonight.com.au. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Timeshifted: Tuesday 25 April 2017". tvtonight.com.au. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  18. ^ "House of Bond DVD". Retrieved 13 August 2017.