Ten to air Julian Assange telemovie tonight

Ten is interrupting its regular scheduled programming to air the 2012 telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story tonight, at 8.40pm.

Assange was freed from a UK prison this week, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to obtain and disclose classified US national defence documents. He was charged with time served.

Underground was produced for Ten back in 2012, and aired to 1.34 million viewers on debut. It chronicles Assange’s teenage life as a ‘white hat hacker’ (look but don’t steal) in Melbourne, and the Australian Federal Police’s attempts to stop them, at the urging of the FBI.

The film stars Alex Williams as Julian Assange, as well as Rachel Griffiths and Anthony LaPaglia.

“There was this joke when we were working on the script that our story was like a origin story of a superhero in a way that the hero realises that they have superpowers, but have yet to realise they can save the world with them,” director/scriptwriter Robert Connolly said in 2012.

“We were looking at the idea that here was a young man who was incredibly gifted. Where and why did he transition into a man who devoted his life to WikiLeaks?”


Underground will air tonight, June 27, at 8.40pm. It replaces a two-hour block of Law and Order SVU episodes.


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