The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 8.30pm, SBS One Hugh Jack­man says Ru­pert Mur­doch is a vi­sion­ary and a game changer. John Howard says the mogul has had more in­flu­ence on the world busi­ness scene than any other Aus­tralian. Mur­doch fam­ily friend Barry Humphries has a more in­ti­mate view: ‘‘ He’s seen at his best at a bar­be­cue,’’ he says. World lead­ers such as Tony Blair weigh in, and jour­nal­ists in­clud­ing Ger­ald Stone and Mark Day have edgy anec­dotes to share. How­ever, this metic­u­lously re­searched two-part biopic strives to be ob­jec­tive: de­trac­tors are given voice as well. In this de­but episode we chart Mur­doch’s life from Gee­long Gram­mar and Ox­ford, from where, fol­low­ing the death of his fa­ther Sir Keith in 1952, Mur­doch re­turned to Aus­tralia to lay the foun­da­tions of a global em­pire. Un­miss­able tele­vi­sion for any­one with an in­ter­est in the his­tory and fu­ture of me­dia in this coun­try.

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