It's Britain's most open secret. Even though it's illegal, over 15 million people have tried it - including a third of all British teenagers and, by their own admission, a select group of Government ministers. But in the press there are more and more scare stories about the effects of the drug, and there's growing debate about whether cannabis should be reclassified as a class B drug. In Should I Smoke Dope? Nicky Taylor, immersive journalist and single mum, embarks on a fact- finding mission to discover more about cannabis. Her journey mimics most people's first foray into cannabis culture - and is both funny and sometimes frightening.
The late 1970s appear to be the peak of sexual lunacy. Sex clubs begin spreading. By 1978, New York has at least a dozen where on any given night the floorshow is an all out orgy. And then there's the notorious Studio 54, where cocaine and quaaludes were as prevalent as the disco music that provided the soundtrack.
In episode four the Townsville crew leaves before dawn to fly back out to the 'ghost yacht' drifting on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Police regard the yacht as a potential crime scene and the crew must pick up vital navigation equipment and computers which may provide information needed to help search for the missing three-man crew. After they have retrieved the equipment, the Townsville crew joins an all out search for the vanished men. Meanwhile, the Cairns crew flies to the Mossman River Gorge. A teenage boy has become stranded on a rock in the middle of rapids and all attempts to reach him have failed.
Alex: A Passion For Life continues the story of inspirational, cystic fibrosis sufferer Alex Stobbs. Alex is now 18, and the incurable lung disease he has suffered since childhood, is steadily getting worse. But against incredible odds Alex has achieved his ambition to study music at King's College in Cambridge University, where he also sings as a choral scholar in one of the most celebrated choirs in the world.
A refreshing series about something we've all thought about at one point in our lives - "if only" we'd done or said something else, then perhaps things would have turned out differently.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is a scientist who has spent a good part of her life studying what it is that makes each of us unique. Professor Susan Greenfield, regarded as one of the most influential and inspirational women in the world, is a leading expert on the human brain. Find out why Baroness Greenfield thinks computer games and virtual lives are physically altering our brains and the way we function.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Australian actor John Bell. John Bell was a shy kid with a stutter who became the theatrical powerhouse behind The Bell Shakespeare Company. He also contributed to the development of Australian theatre, opening the famous Nimrod Theatre in the 1970s and championing Australian plays. On Talking Heads, this great Australian actor and director discusses a lifelong passion for Shakespeare that was ignited at age 15.
Totally Wild reporter Tess Dubre explores what is involved in being a professional lifeguard or volunteer lifesaver.
Andrew Denton talks to Maggie Taberrer, and Lano and Woodley 'show and tell'.
The final five students are pushed to their limits when Napoleon sends them to work at a music video shoot for the rock band, Porcelain.
Burt's Cosmo centrefold. The Stonewall Riots. Leather men. Drag queens and oh so much more. It's the Age of Anything Goes, the decade of the greatest sex experimentation, activism and sex marketing in history. Tonight's episode looks at sex in the 70s.
In episode three, the Townsville crew get a call from the Queensland Water Police. The Coast Guard aircraft has sighted a mysterious yacht drifting far out to sea on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. There is no record of the yacht and they are unable to make contact with her. Operating at the very end of their range the Townsville crew winch a rescue officer down into the open sea. After a hard swim he climbs on board to discover an empty yacht. Hours later the story of the 'ghost yacht' on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef flashes around the world.
A Boy Called Alex is the true story of cystic fibrosis sufferer, 17-year-old Alex Stobbs. He's a musical prodigy who has been playing the piano since he was three. His goal is to conduct Bach's great choral piece, The Magnificat, before an audience of 500 in the stunning 15th century chapel of his school, Eton. This is an ambitious task for any teenage boy, but for Alex the stakes are much higher. With each year that passes, his lungs and digestive system are slowly giving up on him and there is no cure.
This series features people from all walks of life telling their personal stories about an event or decision in their past that they now regret.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with one of Australia's most prominent silks, Julian Burnside QC. Today Julian is a millionaire philanthropist who can command almost $9000 a day to appear in court, but depending on the cause, often charges nothing.
Recently, an entirely remodelled Crazy Horse - the sexiest cabaret in the world - reopened its doors. Through the experience of a few performers, Crazy Horse: The Revival, revives all the challenges involved in the creation of its new revue. Can Leslie, the youngest recruit, handle the stress of being on stage for the first time? Will Daniela, a chaste classical dancer, cope with nudity? As captain of the show, will Zula be able to step up? Crazy Horse: The Revival slowly strips off the secrets of this Parisian temple of nudity.
Few businesses would know stress around the clock like a police operations call centre. Operators receive 000 and inquiry calls for everything from attempted suicides to guiding police cars through high-speed pursuits. Intense public and political pressure has been applied to shorten the average response time, that is the time from calling to police arriving. A new superintendent has been given the job of increasing efficiency and already the response time has been shortened, but at what cost? Stress buster Dr Niki Ellis examines the call centre to see what cost this new efficiency has been to an already stretched workforce.
Interviews that are definitely worth tuning in for - the famous and the not-so-famous. This special features Billy Connolly.
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