Marking the 80th anniversary of the Wall Street Crash, this film looks back at the great financial disaster which shook the 20th century. Startlingly topical in view of the bleak banking crisis of today, the film traces the background and backlash of 1929 with astonishingly fresh and detailed archive footage. The Wall Street Crash spread around the world like a malign infection. It humbled the rich and destroyed the savings of millions of ordinary people. It brought mass unemployment and near starvation to Europe and Asia, and slowed world trade for nearly a decade. The Crash also re-painted the political landscape, triggering the rise of ruthless dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. 1929: The Year of The Crash follows the wondrously decadent trail of the decade known as The Rolling Twenties the years in which Americans celebrated their post war status as world leaders in industry and modern invention, in which Jazz set the style for a worldwide generation and Hollywood movies featured glittering stars that bewitched a global audience. Setting the scene for a nation's dizzying rise, the film then plunges into the depths of its terrible fall, exposing the poverty, dole queues and squalid soup kitchens which followed in the wake of the Wall Street Crash. Finally, it reveals how an unlikely hero, Franklin Roosevelt, rode to the rescue of his wounded country, bringing hope and optimism back into the hearts of his people.
This week's program continues the story of a young nurse who disappeared from a Sydney train station without trace five years ago. While Kylie Labouchardiere's family struggled to cope with their grief, the man behind the murder plotted frantically to cover his tracks.
Donkey In Lahore is an intimate documentary which follows a young man whose skills as a puppeteer took him on a journey that would unexpectedly change his life. While visiting the small town of Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brisbane-born Brian meets 17-year-old Amber. Ten years Brian's junior, Amber doesn't seem a likely match for the eccentric Aussie lad. Deeply engrossed in her Pakistani culture, Amber is a devout Muslim still living at home with her tight-knit family. Yet in a whirlwind two-week "romance", during which the pair are never alone together, they somehow manage to develop strong feelings for one another and Brian is convinced that the meeting was not merely a coincidence - it was destiny.
Deals with issues related to taking responsibility for past mistakes. Eight young people talk about how they realised they had taken a wrong turn in their lives and what they are now doing to rectify this.
Victoria Achut battled her way through medical school and escaped a civil war in Sudan, but her biggest struggle yet has been re-starting life in the 'lucky country' with three small children, an absent husband and mounting bills. Determined to become a doctor in Australia, she finally secures an internship at a hospital, just as a series of crises threaten to ruin her career plans, disrupt her children's lives and put her at loggerheads with her husband.
People always mocked sallow Jewish John for trying to act black when growing up. But cross-cultural relationship experts say that you should walk in the shoes of other people to understand different cultures. John flies to Sun City, California to get some support from anti-racism campaigner Jane Elliott. His interview leads him to Black Like Me, a book from the 1950s by a man who disguised himself to see what it felt like being black. His interest piqued, John goes to Chicago.
When a young nurse disappeared from Sydney five years ago, the lives of the people she left behind fell into disarray. Although her friends and family didn't know it, the man behind Kylie Labouchardiere's death was plotting to hide his crime with a series of bizarre actions, none of which made sense to anybody at the time. Along the way, he set fire to his own home to mislead investigators and attempted to frame an innocent policeman. Despite his elaborate fabrications, a three-year police investigation
Featuring celebrated chef/restaurateur, author and advocate of Australian ingredients, Stephanie Alexander.
Pasty bespectacled comic John Safran is back with an eight-part doco-comedy. And it's his most daring and personal adventure yet. It's about cross-cultural, interracial and interfaith love. Mass migration has changed everything. Today, chances are high that someone you get a crush on at school, meet at a club, or get chatting to by the photocopier will not be from your tribe. The feel-good position is 'love will conquer all'. John suspects it's not that simple.
Tonight, men reveal the different sorts of regeneration that can come with maturity. They discuss reaching a stage where self knowledge is a key factor in dealing with mortality and getting the most out of the life that's left. The program covers mid-life crises, men's groups, fathering the second time around and flagging sexual potency.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Morris Gleitzman - arguably Australia's funniest and best-loved children's author. On his path to becoming a writer, Gleitzman tried his hand at all sorts of jobs. He had stints as a paperboy, a department store Santa Claus, a frozen chicken defroster, an assistant to a fashion designer and a rolling-stock unhooker in a sugar mill.
In the penultimate episode of this globe-trotting series, Monty Don reaches Northern Europe. From the floral wonders of Britain's Sissinghurst castle, to the garden palette of impressionist painter Monet, to the quirky individuality of two of Monty's most admired contemporary designers, he's forced to wonder why this part of the world is so rich in gardening glories, and how we can care for this massive horticultural heritage.
This spectacular series continues with Monty Don heading off to one of the most plant-rich zones in the world: South Africa. He's on the eighth leg of his incredible global journey. Visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
Monty Don continues his journey with a trip to the Mediterranean - cradle of European civilisation. In Italy, he visits some of the elaborate high Renaissance gardens which have hugely influenced Western garden design. But he also travels to Marrakech to visit the oldest continuously maintained garden in the world and on to Spain to visit the Alhambra, thought by many to be the most perfect garden in the world.
Veterinarian Ben Cunneen and vet nurse Natalie Beohm were good friends through their work at the Redlands Veterinary Clinic, near Brisbane. Last year, they ended up in adjoining hospital rooms - the latest victims of the deadly and mysterious Hendra horse virus. The virus, which was discovered in a Brisbane suburb only 15 years ago, is one of the most virulent on the planet - with a 50 percent death rate.
This spectacular series continues with Monty Don heading off to the richest and most powerful nation in the world: the United States of America. This is the fifth leg of his incredible global journey, visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
This spectacular series continues with Monty Don heading off on a technicolour tour of India, to complete the third leg of his incredible global journey visiting 80 of the world's most celebrated and stunning gardens, from ancient to modern, large to small, and grand to humble.
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