Dramility Has Hit SBS’s Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl
The new series on SBS of Once Upon A Time In Punchbowl has now had a shadow cast its veracity with news one of the main characters story looking like a heap of bollocks.
Michael LaHoud looks like he has been talking himself up to producers with his tale of redemption. He told them he was a member of the Telopea St gang and that he had fathered three kids in jail and now has dropped his life of crime to be the sole carer of three daughters. He also said he had fathered the kids whilst he had had conjugal visits whilst jailed.
Now in reality TV it is not unusual for peoples back stories to be exaggerated and manipulated but in this case they were probably duped by wanting to believe his story to be true.
Clearly he has been watching too many US television shows as apparently you don’t get conjugal visits in the NSW prison system. Also it appears he has only spent four days in jail not the years he has claimed. Also he may not have even been a member of the Telopea St gang.
SBS will be doing some hasty editing of the series before it airs in January. Even with this kerfuffle the series is still worth a watch.
Source: Daily Telegraph
UPDATE: SBS have put out a statement saying the show will now be postponed:
Michael LaHoud is one of a number of interviewees that feature in the documentary series Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl, which explores the history of the Lebanese-Australian community in Sydney’s south-west, the challenges the community has faced and how they have fought to overcome them.
This is a follow-up series to the award-winning Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta.
The integrity and accuracy of SBS programming and respect for our audience is paramount, therefore the network has decided to remove the series from its schedule until full investigations are carried out to its satisfaction.
SBS will work with its production partner Northern Pictures to review and verify the documentary’s material.
Once Upon a Time in Punchbowl will air later in 2014.