From the Ashes

From the Ashes

James Erskine (2011)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Director James Erskine's follow-up to One Night in Turin is an enjoyably old-fashioned sporting documentary that ably places the 1981 battle for the Ashes in the context of both a summer of discontent and the turbulent career of cricketing legend Ian Botham. The great all-rounder's disastrous stint as captain came to an end amid urban riots sparked by racial tensions and the gruelling effects of Mrs Thatcher's economic policies. But, while England could restore 39-year-old Mike Brearley to the post to boost Beefy's confidence with bat and ball, Australia went into meltdown under Kim Hughes, a skipper not popular with senior pros Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh. Combining BBC highlight clips with recollections by players and journalists, Erskine revisits the unlikely victories at Headingley, Edgbaston and Old Trafford with a restrained triumphalism that conveys how the series win did as much to raise the nation's spirits as Prince Charles and Lady Diana's wedding. Tom Hardy's narration is occasionally over the top and things peter out before the Oval test, but few cricket lovers will complain.


Documentary about England's victory in the 1981 Ashes series. The film examines the turbulent career of Ian Botham, who stepped down as captain after a series of disastrous defeats only to secure victory with a remarkable performance in the later Tests, and the impact a sporting success had on a troubled nation. Narrated by Tom Hardy and featuring interviews with Botham, Kim Hughes and Rod Marsh.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Tom Hardy
Ian Botham Ian Botham
David Gower David Gower
Dickie Bird Dickie Bird
Director James Erskine

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Kaleidoscope EntertainmentAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 6 May 2011
Documentary Sport