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'Outback Ringer' Showcases NT Bull Catchers


The rest of the world has the chance to experience the rugged landscapes of the Northern Territory and the unique skills of bull catchers through Outback Ringer.

Outback Ringer is a new, NT produced television series. The exciting series documents the stories of four groups of bull catchers, known as ringers, at various locations in the Top End.

Audiences will be able to view the premiere of the 10-part series on ABC TV and iView at 8:00pm on Tuesday 20 October.

An original concept by Darwinite Tom Lawrence, the series is produced by Ronde Media with Ben Davies (Bondi Rescue) serving as Executive Producer. The show is set to provide audiences with a unique insight into the exhilarating world of ringers while showcasing the Northern Territory’s vast landscape and colourful characters.

The four awe-inspiring teams include husband and wife duo Liz and Willy Cook, Lach McClymont, seasoned bull catcher Kurt Hammer, and father and son Clary Shadforth and his 17-year-old Francis.

The Northern Territory Government provided $80,000 towards the production of the series, with the show generating $0.45 million for the Northern Territory economy through local purchases.

This locally filmed series was commissioned by ABC. Create NSW provided post production assistance on Outback Ringer.

The full-length series is the successor to ABC iView ratings winner Gun Ringer, which saw audiences first introduced to the fast-paced, high-stakes world of feral bull catching in the Northern Territory’s Top End.

The series will showcase the Territory to a global market comprised of more than 100 countries.