Peter Thompson talks with Neil Balnaves, the media mogul who gave it all away for a better life.
On Talking Heads tonight, the final episode for the year, Peter Thompson interviews a man who is worried about the possible extinction of the human species. David Suzuki has been called both an environmental superman and Dr Doom. An elder among eco-warriors, he's a Canadian geneticist turned activist and leading broadcaster.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by one of musical theatre's biggest stars, Caroline O'Connor. Whether it's playing Judy Garland, Edith Piaf, Velma Kelly in Chicago or Nini-Legs in the Air in Moulin Rouge, O'Connor has been wowing audiences worldwide for years with her stage and screen performances.
This week's guest on Talking Heads is Kerry Armstrong. In this enlightening interview Armstrong reveals to Peter Thompson that after a career ranging from The Sullivans, Dynasty, films such as Lantana, two AFI awards and a Logie, she is rethinking the future of her acting career.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by Lambis Englezos, the amateur historian responsible for solving one of the great mysteries of the First World War.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is singer, songwriter Leo Sayer. A shy, dyslexic child, Sayer had always dreamed of becoming a painter and even went to art school in Britain where he was taught briefly by David Hockney. But by the time he was 22, he had thrown it all away to pursue a career in music. And things happened fast. Suddenly the boy from Shoreham-by-Sea in County Sussex was an international pop phenomenon.
Peter Thompson talks to dancer Shay Stafford, who has just returned to live in Australia with her family after 12 years dancing as a Paris showgirl at the Moulin Rouge and the Lido de Paris on the Champs-Elysees.
Are there common factors that lead to success and happiness? Peter Thompson is joined by Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia's leading psychologists who specialises in childhood and adolescence. Together, Thompson and Carr-Gregg look back at the formative years of some this year's most extraordinary guests and explore their paths to success. After being diagnosed with cancer at 19, and being told he had eight weeks to live, Carr-Gregg went on to found the Canteen charity for teenagers with cancer. Now among the numerous activities Carr-Gregg is currently involved in, is the role of an official ambassador for the National depression initiative 'Beyond Blue', and of 'MindMatters', one of 16 youth suicide prevention programs run by the Federal Government.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to renowned theatre director Jim Sharman. Sharman is a visionary showman. Born into the surreal world of travelling sideshows, he soon learnt what held an audience. Later he put that knowledge to good use, with three rock musicals that won huge followings; Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is a politician who's actually too embarrassed to take up his entitlement to fly business class. Nick Xenophon, the Independent Senator from Adelaide, routinely swaps his seat with another passenger and sits at the back of the plane. He's a shy man with a powerful urge to help people - victims, the disadvantaged and those without a voice.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to the founder of Crikey.com.au - Aussie stirrer - Stephen Mayne. Mayne shook up the media, politics and business when he set up Crikey.com and promised to reveal stories that others wouldn't. His mix of fact, rumour and suspicion came from powerful insiders themselves, often writing anonymously.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by Anh Do, a refugee from Vietnam whose extraordinary drive and talent has taken him to the top as a comedian.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson talks to Australia's new king of swing, David Campbell. After discovering his dad was Jimmy Barnes, Campbell grew up in the spotlight and experienced a difficult journey to find himself and his groove. But with his infectious energy he is now one of the hottest entertainers in Australia and has brought a new energy to classic songs of the '50 and '60s.
Peter Thompson talks to Adelaide surgeon Craig Jurisevic who answered an international call for medicos to treat war victims in Kosovo for the UN and found himself struggling to maintain his moral bearings.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to author Blanche d'Alpuget. D'Alpuget's life reads like a colourful novel replete with exotic locations, powerful people and bedroom scenes. To many she's 'the other-woman' who became Bob Hawke's second wife, but as she reveals on Talking Heads her internal journey is a long and deep spiritual one that almost led her to the priesthood.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is the vivacious cook Poh Ling Yeow. Yeow is a successful artist, was runner-up on the first series of Masterchef and now has her own show on ABC TV - Poh's Kitchen. Despite Yeow's profile with food and cooking and her art, this was an unlikely path for a shy Chinese Malay Mormon called Sharon.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to one of the world's leading Wagnerian sopranos, Lisa Gasteen. Lisa Gasteen brings the full power of her huge voice to the sweeping themes of German opera - lust, death and the vengeance of gods. The Brisbane singer has conquered the world, but talks frankly about the high personal costs of being a globe-trotting opera star and whether her immense talent is a gift or a curse.
Peter Thompson's guest is Sir Richard Branson who started his working life as a hippy entrepreneur with a flair for publicity and is now one of the world's best known tycoons.
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