Houston, Texas - judged the fattest city in America for three years running in a nationwide survey by a fitness magazine. In a country where two thirds of Americans are overweight, Houston tips the scales more than the rest. What is it about modern life in Houston, Texas that has lead to such extraordinary weight gain?
This four part series, directed by Steve Thomas and produced by Kath Symmons, looks at how four rural communities are keeping Australian football alive and kicking in the bush. The Tamar Cats were born out of the amalgamation between arch rivals, Beaconsfield and Beauty Point, two Northern Tasmanian towns separated by 5km and a world of tradition. The club's fortunes over the past few years have not been good and this has led to a decline in both attendances and the amenities.
A documentary about a young Arab-Israeli girl, Shadya. Director Roy Westler shows a struggle between ambition and tradition as a spirited Israeli-Arab girl challenges the traditional Muslim lifestyle planned for her by fighting to become a World Karate Champion.
Richard Moir made a successful living as an actor both in Australia and overseas. He got married and had children and his life was good. However, in 1990, Richard was diagnosed with Parkinson's and his life fell apart. Like all Parkinson's sufferers, Richard is always searching for something that will make the disease more tolerable.
Filmed over the course of a year, Great Ormond Street features unprecedented access to doctors from one of the top children's hospitals in the world as they make some of the hardest choices in medicine. When medical technology seems to offer so much, every parent with a sick child will hope that something can be done, but doctors must decide when enough is enough. For the first time on television, cameras follow Great Ormond Street Hospital's doctors into the meetings where they come face to face with the most difficult ethical dilemmas on a daily basis.
In this very personal documentary, former cocaine addict Alex James, bassist of Britpop band Blur, travels to Colombia at the invitation of the Colombian president to see firsthand what the cocaine industry is doing to the country and its people.
Every week a unique group of people gather together in a large hall in Bristol in the south-west of England. They are mostly over the age of 65. Some are in wheelchairs or hobbling with the help of walking sticks, others are physically lively and vigourous. Some seem withdrawn and mute, others garrulous or confused. All these people have one thing in common: Alzheimer's. But, even as their memories are failing, they also possess an unquenchable desire to go on singing.
Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. But that was 60,000 years ago. What did our collective journey look like, and where did it take your specific ancestors during that time? At what point in our past did we first cross paths with the supposed strangers living in our neighbourhood?
It looks like going down to the wire as South Sydney fight for their first finals berth since 1989. The new co-owners have caused many things to change - some for the good, some not so much according to others.
Once in a Lifetime is the extraordinary story of the New York Cosmos and the rise and fall of America's most famous football (soccer) club. The Cosmos began as a rag-tag team started on a whim by one of the most powerful men in entertainment - Steve Ross, founder of Warner Communications. Ross had never even seen a soccer game before he helped finance a team that in five years had convinced the greatest player in the history of the sport to leave his beloved Brazil for the nascent Cosmos and become a soccer missionary in the USA.
The frustration of never being able to sleep and constantly living in a semi-conscious state until an inevitable death became the sad reality for the wife of Italian family doctor Ignazio Roiter.
More renowned for its fine dairy produce and monster crayfish, King Island (situated at the western end of Bass Strait) also produces a peculiarly hardy breed of footballer. But even in its heyday the King Island Football Association only had five teams and, these days, three is all it can muster. Fishermen, farmers, cheese factory workers, meatworkers, kelpers, high school teachers and students make up the bulk of the three teams; Grassy, Currie and North.
Tonight, one of the oldest players in Souths team, David Peachy (33), is celebrating a milestone - 250 first grade games - but Peachy and the team are finding the going tough.
Addiction expert Dr John Marsden likes a drink. But his father was an alcoholic and although he has taken the decision to allow himself to enjoy drinking, he is obviously conscious of having inherited his father's genes. Combining his powerful, personal story with his specialist knowledge, Dr Marsden witnesses psychological and neurological experiments, meets cutting edge scientists and undergoes a rigorous medical analysis to discover the effects of drinking on his own health, all in search of the truth about alcohol.
Australian country football. It's been called a morality play; community theatre in a paddock. The football clubs have always been the heartbeat of rural communities - a barometer of social well-being. If the local club is going well, everyone in town walks that little bit taller and no matter where you finish on the ladder, the beginning of each new season brings fresh hopes and dreams. This four part series looks at how four rural communities are keeping Australian football alive and kicking in the bush.
South Sydney are on fire. Actor Russell Crowe and businessman Peter Holmes a Court have put their money where their mouths are, and for now, they are smiling like Cheshire cats. Russell Crowe convinced Errol Alcott, the conditioning coach for the Australian cricket team for 19 years, to join the Rabbitohs, and for the pre-season games he has the Rabbits fitter than they've ever been before.
Women love watching football. But some footy chicks have more on their mind than just the game. Off the field, their goal is to get up close and personal with the players. The possibility of sex with a football player is a fantasy for many women and a reality for some. For players, the availability of sex is a constant temptation. The potent mix of muscle, testosterone and celebrity are appealing qualities that bring an abundance of opportunities for sexual encounters. But amidst the fun and games sometimes the line gets crossed.
The Ocean's Supermum is a one-hour natural history documentary featuring previously unknown underwater behaviour, and a passionate and engaging scientist whose mission it is to unlock the secrets of the most devoted of all marine mothers - the Australian sea lion.
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