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Drama about the First Man to Summit Mt. Everest

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Jun 22, 2018 5:38 PM
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Hillary is a six-part New Zealand drama series about mountaineer and philanthropist Sir Edmund Hillary, will be available beginning in July 8 at 8:00pm on WITF. 

Based on thousands of hours of exclusive interviews, Hillary tells the story of the first man to conquer Mt. Everest. From his beekeeping days in South Auckland, to his ascent of the world's highest mountain with climbing partner Tenzing Norgay, to the plane crash that killed his wife and daughter, the TV ONE series lovingly and vividly brings back to life the man New Zealanders affectionately called "Sir Ed."

When he summited Everest in May 1953 and, as he told it, "knocked the bastard off," Hillary put his small home country on the map. He was so beloved in New Zealand that his likeness is featured on the five dollar note, and he was given a state funeral after his 2008 death.

Andrew Munro (The Kick) stars as Hillary, while Dean O'Gorman (The Hobbit) plays George Lowe, his longtime friend and climbing partner, and Amy Usherwood ("Shortland Street") plays his wife, Lady Louise Hillary.

Hillary is written by Tom Scott (Rage), with whom Hillary entrusted his life story. The series is directed by Danny Mulheron (Fresh Meat), executive produced by Phillip Smith ("Coast New Zealand") and produced by Carmen Leonard (Erebus: Operation Overdue).

Hillary begins July 8 at 8:00pm and continues into early August on WITF.

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