Andrew Denton chats to Tony Purkiss about his extraordinary story of survival... From the Bali bombings to the infamous Sydney to Hobart yacht race in 1998 and more... And Colonel Matthew Bogdanos the US marine who helped save some of the world's greatest antiquities at Baghdad's Iraq Museum.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by journalist Adam Shand who, despite never having written about crime, promised his media bosses he'd crack the story of Melbourne's gangland murders.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by the doyenne of the Sydney and Melbourne singles scene, founder of Australia's oldest introduction agency - Yvonne Allen. In 1976 Allen gave up a promising career in psychology to start what was considered a pretty unsavoury business. But her determination and professional approach would pay off.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats to one of Australia's most loved comic actors, Garry McDonald. For part of the interview, McDonald is relaxing on his sofa, crocheting a bamboo and cotton shawl for his wife Diane Craig. It's an amusingly different side to the performer best known for his nervy characters Norman Gunston, and Arthur Beare in the series Mother and Son. But then, that's what Talking Heads is known for, showing what makes notable Australians tick.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is rock legend Glenn Shorrock. Born in England in 1944, Shorrock arrived in Australia with his family a decade later, as an assisted-passage immigrant.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by one of Australia's finest country musicians - Troy Cassar-Daley. Born in Sydney to a Maltese-Australian father and an Aboriginal mother, Cassar-Daley spent most of his childhood growing up in Grafton on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. It's these twin themes of family and country that provide the inspiration for his music.
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's guest is a writer, broadcaster and filmmaker whose groundbreaking work has changed Australian attitudes and influenced social policy. Peter Thompson talks to Anne Deveson about her early days in Australia as a war refugee, her adult years in post-war Europe and the relationship that persuaded her to make a life down under.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to distinguished veterans of the Australian stage and screen, husband and wife Terry Norris and Julia Blake. They have even appeared together as 'husband and wife' on screen, in the acclaimed Paul Cox film Innocence. On Talking Heads they recall their parallel careers with a lot of laughs, a few tears and plenty of ribbing.
Andrew talks to Musical diva, Marcia Hines and the Booker Prize winning author of Vernon God Little, DBC Pierre.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by one of the most talented musicians Australia has ever produced, Paul Grabowsky. Grabowsky was playing the piano as a toddler and grew up wanting to be an orchestra conductor. But along the way was seduced by jazz.
In 1997 Madeleine Albright was appointed the first female Secretary of State of the United States - at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, she served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Ashley Judd is an actress who has carefully managed to have a career working in both independent and Hollywood films. She is also a committed activist and has been since her college days.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Tetsuya Wakuda, the chef whose Sydney restaurant consistently rates in the world's top ten. Talking Heads follows the journey of this extraordinary man who went from being a fish boner to an internationally acclaimed 'master of cuisine' in little more than a decade.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats to charismatic lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC. Robertson has had a glittering career in international human rights law and as a television host. Yet, in a remarkably candid interview he reveals that he would rather have been a historian.
The team search for a stone fortress built by the U.S. Cavalry to protect frontier settlers in the Wild West.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is speaking to the author and artist responsible for some of the most imaginative children's books ever published.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, the Australian nutritionist who ignored the early sceptics and showed there is a link between weight control and the Glycemic Index.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with footy and fishing afficionado Rex Hunt. A former policeman and Victorian Football League (VFL) player, these days he is a highly successful businessman, passionate environmentalist and media personality.
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