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Dear Murderer

Mike Bungay QC would become one of the most flamboyant and outrageous characters of New Zealand legal history. A walking disaster to many and a genius to others, he achieved the kind of greatness that was beyond even his own wildest dreams.

In an intimate and personal encounter with one of New Zealand’s most enduring characters, Dear Murderer tells the true story of Mike Bungay QC’s life.

Full of wit, sadness and humour, the five-part drama reimagines his early history, his lusts, loves, career, and the outrageous legal and personal exploits that made the larger-than-life character a force to be reckoned with.

Starring Mark Mitchinson, Bungay was a man of wit and compassion. He had an unfathomable winning way with the ladies, but he was also known for his desperate battle with the bottle, outbursts of violence, as well as completely unpredictable professional and personal daring.

Bungay’s torturous life was changed by the love of a family he never dreamed he’d have. But even that couldn’t save him.

Bungay’s determination to serve as a QC prevailed, in spite of his own actions, and regardless of his deteriorating health and growing pressure from those who were resentful of his celebrity. It would eventually see his demise

This telling of Mike Bungay’s story spans several decades with his personal life playing out in revealing counterpoint to some of the most famous trials in New Zealand history.

There are not many countries in the world where Michael Anthony Bungay would have been tolerated, let alone allowed to strut his stuff. In New Zealand he took free reign, even if it wasn’t always on offer.

Funded by NZ On Air.

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