ANZACS RETURNS TO TELEVISION

07 Apr 2005, 04:33:17 PM

SPECIAL EVENT ON THE SEVEN NETWORK

The Seven Network will screen the award-winning Australian mini-series 'ANZACS' this month – on the eve of the 90th anniversary of the ANZAC forces landings at Gallipoli.

Screening over three nights – April 22, 23 and 24 at 8.30pm – ANZACS will be seen for the first time on Australian television since its original release 20 years ago.

The landmark series has been digitally remastered for its 2005 screening and features an exceptional leading cast, including Andrew Clarke, Jon Blake, Tony Bonner, Robert Coleby, Mark Hembrow, IIona Rogers, and Paul Hogan, in what was his first dramatic role.

ANZACS tells the story of Australia's participation of the Great War of 1914-1918; a time when the Australian nation was only 14 years old, and out of a population of just four million shipped 330,000 volunteer soldiers overseas to assist the 'Mother Country', England, in the war against Germany.

Over those four turbulent years, the Australians suffered the highest rate of casualties amongst the British Empire forces, but became renowned for their exceptional vigour and battle discipline and for the extraordinary feats of stopping the German forces in 1918 and subsequently launching an attack on the German army which did not let off until the end of the War.