Les Murray is in the super league of the world's greatest wordsmiths. According to the New Yorker Magazine, he is 'now routinely mentioned among the three or four leading English-language poets.' But as Peter Thompson discovers on Talking Heads, you'd have been very hard pressed to envisage the impoverished young Murray would one day front the Queen, wearing a suit, and accepting a grand award. Murray describes his young self as one of those 'furtively farting' kids who avoided poems.
Tim Marlow meets some of the world's most admired creative individuals to reveal how visual art inspires and motivates them in their life and work. Designer Paul Smith meets Tim at his studio in London.
The conversation is bound to get interesting when you're talking to three cabbies! This week Andrew Denton talks to Bruce from Melbourne, Chris from Sydney, and Gerard, who drives a cab on the Gold Coast. Andrew also speaks to Chris Martin from Cold Play.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by one of Australia's yachting greats, Sir James Hardy. Sailing it seems, is in Hardy's blood. His father, Tom, was awarded the first 'Yacht Master's Certificate' in Australia, giving him the right to take any vessel into any port in the world without a pilot. Then going back a few generations there's Sir Thomas Hardy, Commander of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and Flag Captain to Lord Nelson. Little surprise then, that when he was not tied up in the family's winemaking business, Sir James would become a world champion yachtsman, a dual Olympian, Admiral's Cup victor and three time America's Cup Challenger.
With two more students sent home, including a very surprised Nebil, and Mike winning a reprieve, the eight remaining students are beginning to feel the pressure.
Wil Anderson returns after touring the world with his sell-out show Wilful Misconduct, appearing on Chelsea Lately on the E! network and tweeting his way to a Gold Logie nomination. Joining him will be regulars Todd Sampson, Russel Howcroft, Jane Caro, Matt Eastwood, Dan Gregory, Dee Madigan, Bridget Taylor, Bram Williams, Rowan Dean and Carolyn Miller.
A millionaire leaves their luxury life behind and lives undercover in a deprived area of the UK. Living on a limited budget. they must work and find individuals and projects who they think deserve a cut of their fortune.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by an author who describes her writing career as "having spanned 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages, 3721 bush rats, over 50 awards in Australia and overseas, six possibly insane lyrebirds, assorted Burke's Backyard's segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns, theories of pest and weed ecology and 27 shredded back doormats".
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Michael Gudinski, the man behind Australian rock! Gudinski has nurtured several generations of performers, including Jimmy Barnes, Renee Geyer, Split Enz, Paul Kelly and Kylie Minogue
Art historian Marlow chats to the director about his passion for art and his favourite artists.
Series two of the seven-part series, Spectacle, fuses together the best elements of talk and music with some of the world's most influential artists, including, in this episode, U2's Bono and The Edge.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is Guy Cooper, the recently-retired director of Sydney's Taronga Park Zoo. Ask Cooper about his highlights while at Taronga and he'll tell you about the first Asian elephant calf born in Australia, return of animals like the Corroboree frog to the wild and research work being undertaken on the Tasmanian Devil and the Great Southern Oceans. Under his stewardship the Zoo has undergone a major transformation. There's been a massive injection of funds and cages have been replaced by habitats. Breeding programs for endangered species are now a priority, and research and education programs have been stepped up.
Andrew talks to Australia's king of country, Troy Cassar-Daley and cricketer with a conscience, Stuart Macgill.
Our 12 design hopefuls are now down to 10. After the elimination of Lachlan and David the desire to stay in the competition and potentially work for Philippe Starck is high.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is artist, author and animal rights activist, Christine Townend. Born into wealth and then married to an up-and-coming Sydney solicitor, Townend could have had a very easy life.
Can you become a star without really trying? Australian tenor David Hobson comes closer to this description than most of Peter Thompson's guests on Talking Heads. Hobson is well known for singing in numerous operas and Carols in the Domain, and for his platinum-selling popular hits. But his meteoric rise to fame surprised many, not least himself. Hobson had planned to compose songs, not sing them, but a fateful event in his early twenties dramatically diverted his career path.
Peter Thompson's guest is the record-breaking, quiet-achiever of the Socceroos - Mark Bresciano. Described as the 'Mr Nice Guy' of Australian soccer, commentators say he scored the Socceroos its most important goal ever.
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