The death of cricket umpire Peter Plumley-Walker in a bondage session gone wrong in 1989 may be the subject of a documentary.

TVNZ are considering using the gruesome tale in their Sunday Theatre programming, Fairfax reported.

Plumley-Walker's body was found in Taupo after dominatrix Renee Chignell and her boyfriend Neville Walker hurled it off the Huka Falls.

But he had died earlier during a discipline session in Remuera, when Chignell tied him up and left the room to have a cigarette and a coffee. She returned to find he wasn't breathing.

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The pair were found guilty of Plumley-Walker's murder but the convictions were quashed, and they were eventually acquitted.

TVNZ 1 programmer Juliet Peterson told Fairfax plans for the proposed doco were only at an early stage - but TVNZ mentioned the plan in a recent media showcase event of their 2017 programming line up.