Richard Roxburgh is a surprisingly candid guest on this week's Talking Heads. He's known for pushing himself hard as an actor and director, for his control and perfectionism. He's even been called a Rottweiler for the extent to which he sinks his teeth into a role.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Gabi Hollows, founding Director and the public face of The Fred Hollows Foundation. Gabi fell in love with an extraordinary eye surgeon, Fred Hollows, when he was more than twice her age. His dream was to give the gift of sight to the poorest of the poor. Since Fred's death from cancer, Gabi has talked a lot of people out of a lot of money, turning his vision into reality.
There is tension aboard the Takapuna as tempers flare between Mike and Sean. Pamela flies to Surabaya from Darwin to try and track down Salty Sam's shipping agents and the 80,000 Dutch guilders he left as treasure.
On December 12th 1996, Dr Gary Fulcher's life changed forever. While driving his car, he had a hyperglycaemic episode due to his insulin-dependent diabetes. He pulled off the side of the road, but didn't turn off the engine. Gary woke up on fire...and his seat belt buckle had melted. Luckily the fire brigade was only 500 metres down the road, but by the time they had freed him, he had third degree burns to 60% of his body.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Susan Alberti, the Melbourne-based businesswoman who has overcome terrible personal tragedy to become a driving force behind finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson talks to the actor who's probably best-known for his role as that 70s chick magnet Alvin Purple. In a career spanning almost four decades, Graeme Blundell has done so much more. He's directed over 100 plays, acted in about the same number and appeared in more than 40 films and hundreds of hours of TV.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guests are Deborah and Cedric Lee. Earlier this year the Lees were awarded the Order of Australia, not for their achievements in business or sport, but for fostering children. The 'blonde surfie chick' and the heir to the 'Bing Lee' electrical appliance fortune met more than three decades ago when Deborah managed to haggle Cedric down to a good price for a stereo system.
Peter Thompson chats to one of Australia's leading campaigners on social justice issues, the Chief Executive of World Vision Australia Tim Costello.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is an adventurer who believes 'everywhere is in walking distance... if you have the time'. Paula Constant has walked more than 12,000 kilometres across eight countries in Europe and Africa. She's walked further across the Sahara Desert than any other expedition.
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 chats to renowned architect Glenn Murcutt. In 2002, Murcutt became the first Australian to win the Pritzker Prize, the world's most prestigious architectural award. Murcutt is best known for his simple but complex houses, built from timber, corrugated iron, and louvred glass, which are all tailored to respond to their unique position in the Australian landscape.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is an artist who kicked off his career by designing and hand-painting boxer shorts. Mitch Dowd was struggling to find the money to fund an exhibition of his art when he came up with this inventive idea. But such was the demand for his undies and sleepwear that he ended up running a very successful business.
Investigative journalist Nicky Taylor joins forces with the ladies of the Hampshire Women's Institute on a journey to find out what makes a best practice brothel, how the laws need to change to create it and whether it's possible to set up the UK's first legal brothel. W.I. ladies Jean and Shirley embark on a global mission to investigate the effects that the laws elsewhere have on prostitution.
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.
Strong willed, educated and forthright Indian-Australian Ramona Dhillon was 27 when she fell head-over-heels in love with Anurag Saboo, the eldest son of one of Rajasthan's wealthiest merchant families. When she decided to marry him secretly at a Melbourne registry office, neither of their families were impressed, and Anu and Ramona were soon to find they had walked headlong into an epic clash of cultures.
The group take on their toughest challenge yet and head to one of the poorest and most remote regions of Thailand to live and work in the rice growing communities.
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.
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