Murray Bridge Cods rowing film 'Paris or the Bush' coming to TV

Underdogs: Members of the Murray Bridge Rowing Club eight which competed for Australia in Paris in 1924. Their story will be told on the History Channel in April. Photo: courtesy Wayne Groom.

Underdogs: Members of the Murray Bridge Rowing Club eight which competed for Australia in Paris in 1924. Their story will be told on the History Channel in April. Photo: courtesy Wayne Groom.

A documentary film about the Murray Bridge rowers who competed at the 1924 Olympic Games, which had its worldwide premiere in the rural city last year, will soon be broadcast into Australia’s lounge rooms.

The broadcast rights to Paris or the Bush: The Story of the Cods have been picked up by the History Channel, on Foxtel.

Its producers, Wayne Groom and Carolyn Bilsborow, resisted a request to shorten it from two hours to one, so it will instead be broadcast in two parts this April, around Anzac Day.

The Cods’ story was closely bound up with that of the Great War in which many of them fought and one was killed.

It was partly funded by the Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund and the Anzac Day Commemoration Fund.

In the meantime, it will be screened at a members-only function at London’s Leander Club, the most successful rowing club in the world, later this month.

Screenings around Australia have already raised more than $20,000 for South Australian rowing clubs.