This 13-part documentary series is based on the column of the same name in the Good Weekend Magazine, a column that has been running for nine years. The Two Of Us charts the most unlikely of pairings and celebrates all kinds of human relationships: romantic love, family bonds, friendship or the extraordinary tenderness that can occur between strangers.
Tonight's episode features Anh Do, a stand-up comedian and brother Khoa, a filmmaker. They left Vietnam as refugees on a small fishing boat when Anh was three years old and Khoa was less than two. After a dramatic and dangerous journey, the family ended up in Sydney's western suburbs, where the Do boys grew up.
When homeless wayfarer John Keegan, originally from Scotland, crossed paths with notorious Sydney street-dweller Carl "Mr" Mackie it was the start of a beautiful friendship. Tough, pitiless Carl took a liking to friendly John and showed him the ropes of life on the streets. For nearly a decade, Carl and John met daily to share conversation, company, and countless casks of wine.
Aboriginal opera star Deborah Cheetham was on her way to study commerce when music teacher Jennifer King hauled her into the music room. Black but raised white, a member of the stolen generation, Deborah has often felt like the damaged embodiment of Australian issues. After high school, Deborah's sexuality and her need to find the truth about her Aboriginal family rocked the foundations of her world, but in every crisis Jennifer remained the one constant figure who gave her unconditional love.
Australia's most brilliant young pianist, Simon Tedeschi, was first placed in front of a keyboard at eighteen months by his grandmother Lucy Gershwin, a Holocaust survivor. Their relationship is a story about music, the Holocaust and the true nature of inheritance.
He's black, from the poor side of Nowra, the youngest of 13 and a football genius; she's white, from comfortable Shoalhaven, her parents' only darling girl, keen on horses and singing country music. They were both 16 when Leona got pregnant. No one thought they'd last. But 32 year-old Andrew Walker, former rugby league and union star, and Leona his wife, business partner and ferocious advocate, have survived a rollercoaster relationship of 18 years.
At 57, Elizabeth Burton still strips in Sydney's Kings Cross and affirms the three m's of her personal philosophy: meditation, mastication and masturbation. Her 23-year-old daughter Libity works in a shoe shop and tells people her mother is a cleaner.
Allan Martin committed seven armed bank robberies in his youth and was locked up in Melbourne's Pentridge Prison for 20 years - sharing the rock-breaking yards with the likes of Chopper Read. Amazingly enough, out of this world of violence emerged a poet.
He was a white teacher in the PNG Highlands; she, the student he couldn't get out of his head. They were the first mixed race couple to walk down the street in Port Moresby holding hands. Their story is a fascinating exploration of enduring love.
Brothers Ray and Peter Mickelberg, former abalone fishermen, were fitted up for Australia's biggest gold heist: $650,000 dollars worth of gold bullion - or 68 kilograms of gold - from the Perth mint in 1982. They were framed by a corrupt cop, bashed, wrongfully imprisoned for almost a decade, and financially destroyed. They never stopped fighting to get out and, now acquitted, seek compensation from the WA government.
Mohsen was an asylum seeker going mad in detention until Suzanne Tsannes took his case all the way to the High Court. Suzanne, 62, is a psychotherapist who is married with two adult children. Mohsen, 33, is an Iranian poet who two years ago was granted refugee status after four years in detention. Suzanne met Mohsen at Villawood Detention Centre in 2001 and theirs is the story of one person's crusade for another's freedom, justice and sanity.
Biker tattooist Tony Cohen reckons he is more of a psychiatrist than a tattoo artist. For over 20 years he's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly walk through the doors of his infamous tattoo parlour, The Illustrated Man, near Sydney's Central Station. Tony began marking his son Brett's skin when he was just four. As soon as he was old enough, Brett learned to tattoo his dad and has been helping his dad run the business for the last 15 years.
In the tradition of Two Men In A Tinnie and Two In The Top End, John Doyle and Tim Flannery are off on another adventure. In this three-part series, the intrepid pair travel by car, by foot, by boat and by air, exploring the Great Dividing Range from Victoria up through New South Wales and Queensland, finishing in the Torres Strait.
Tim and John bag Mt Kosciuszko, the third of their big peaks, but it is more of an amble than a climb. They 'recover' with a beer and an argument about the comparative merits of Sydney versus Melbourne. They go underground for a close-up investigation of the Snowy River Scheme and go hunting for the endangered corroboree frog. And when they get embroiled in a debate about brumbies in the high country, emotions run high.
The last episode of Two on the Great Divide is as big and diverse as the state of Queensland. Tim and John start the final leg of their epic journey atop the towering Q1 building on the Gold Coast.
Tells the story of Mark Atkins, an Englishman in search of both his Jewish past and his family's buried treasure. When Germany invaded Poland in 1939, Jack Atkins, Mark's grandfather, was a successful businessman. With only a few hours left before fleeing to London, he gathered his belongings and buried them in the garden of his home in Lodz. Seventy years later, Mark Atkins sets off on a deeply personal treasure hunt.
This is a coming-of-age story of teenage conjoined twins Carmen and Lupita Andrade. The girls are two in a million: omphalopagus twins, a rare conjoined condition. One third of twins born in this group die within just 24 hours.
We follow the creative journey of five contemporary artists from blank canvas to finished painting. Each artist has a different relationship to the land they paint yet all are attempting to express their identity through their work.
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