It's shearing time, the busiest week of the year for Oxley Downs. Station life, working from dawn to dusk seven days a week is hard enough, but now, with only six days to shear over 1300 sheep by hand, it's all hands on deck to meet the deadline.
Thompson's first guest for 2010 is Jesse Martin. In 1999 Martin made headlines when, as a teenager, he became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, non-stop, and unassisted. Now ten years later he's off on a new adventure, but it's not all going to plan!
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspire his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Josh Brolin.
In the first episode for 2008, Peter Thompson chats with Jacqueline Pascarl, Australian author, TV personality, parents' rights advocate and humanitarian aid worker.
It must have been a tough gig impersonating 'Dubya' Bush - Josh Brolin had to capture his soul too.
Australia's worst bushfire struck regions across Victoria on Black Saturday, February 7, 2009. It took over 170 lives, left more than seven thousand homeless and became the country's most devastating weather events on record. As Australia still counts the cost, this exclusive documentary looks behind the human tragedy and explains the culmination of extreme weather conditions that led to Black Saturday.
In this episode the families eagerly await the Annual General Muster which brings with it, a visit from the local magistrate. The mothers of the English, Irish and Aussie families busily begin sewing new clothes for the event, but the pressure of getting everything ready starts to have an effect on Tracey Hohnke.
James May's Big Ideas is a three-part series in which James, journalist and self-acknowledged geek, travels the globe in search of implementations for concepts widely considered science fiction or his 'Big Ideas'. The first episode documents his search for the ultimate form of personal transport, ranging from jetpacks to flying cars.
Temperatures have soared in the hot, dry Australian bush and everyone is feeling the heat. With no air-conditioning, refrigeration or cold water, life on Oxley Downs is akin to living in a furnace, and the heat is so oppressive that every movement is a huge chore.
Discover which television comedies of the last 40 years most tickled the fancy of those surveyed in our nation-wide poll.
This week, Andrew Denton sits down with author Isabel Allende. At times, Isabel Allende's life has read like a dramatic chapter from one of her beautifully penned novels. At 65, she has known many of life's most difficult moments - from the loss of belonging that comes with being uprooted and forced to flee your native country, to the incomparable sense of loss that flows from the death of a child. Yet Allende has endured it all to remain a deeply passionate, insightful and spirited woman.
In tonight's episode, extreme temperature changes descend on the Colony. The settlement falls into even harder times when food shortages mean weekly rations will have to be halved.
An urgent letter has arrived, alerting the station to the impending arrival of an important visitor: the Crown Lands Commissioner. He is coming to inspect the running of Oxley Downs, and to see if the squatter is 'a fit and proper person to lease Crown Land', as squatter Allcorn's 10,000-acre leasehold expires in six months.
Eight ordinary people have been given a million dollars, a fortnight of intensive training and two months to run their own hedge fund. With just a couple of weeks to go, the gap between those who are trading well and those who are not widens, and Lex Van Dam takes decisive action against the weakest in the group. By close of trading on the final day just three traders are left, but will they manage to make Lex a profit?
An interview series in a class of its own. James Lipton's studious research and curiosity inspires his guests to open up and confess their deepest thoughts about their craft. This episode features Denis Leary.
In tonight's episode, there is great excitement with the commencement of river trading, bringing with it the opportunity to buy goods. When Rindy Newman, the first female convict arrives on the scene, the blokes don't know how to handle her.
If you were a screaming fan when the Beatles came to Australia or the Easybeats left for England, or you shed a tear when you heard about the deaths of Hendrix, Joplin, Lennon or our very own Bon Scott, then you will thoroughly enjoy this juke box full of musical memories.
It's a time of celebration at Oxley Downs. The station is preparing for its first wedding and with Peter's fiancee Luisa and their parents due any day, there is much to do. The men are still building Peter's house and preparations for the festivities are being finalised by shepherd Dan in his new role as wedding planner. Everyone is excited by the upcoming nuptials and the chance for a break from the hard slog of station life, if only for a day.
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