British chocolate enthusiast Willie Harcourt-Cooze's financial situation is precarious and he is forced to look into other ways of keeping his business afloat, including outsourcing elements of his chocolate bar production. He soon abandons this idea choosing instead to stay true to himself and his dream - whatever the cost. Machines are sourced from across Europe and Willie starts to build his new factory. His chocolate bar recipe is key to setting him apart from other bars on the market.
Christie's have finished their preview and are setting up for the auction on tonight's final episode of Art House. Sotheby's auction the previous night had mixed results and David Cook is unsure how this will affect the Christie's auction.
In this three-part series, British chocolate enthusiast Willie Harcourt-Cooze attempts to create the finest and purest chocolate bar in the world, and teach chocoholics how wonderful real chocolate can be.
In the second episode - 'Thrill of the Chase' - the auctions are just three weeks away. Christie's auction first, and they are about to close off their seven-week collection period so the catalogue can make it to the printer in time. Deutscher-Menzies has less than two weeks left to find $2 million worth of paintings.
Art is in the lifeblood of every society, and by travelling the world to where art is made, and engaging with those who make it, this unique series expands our understanding of people, places, culture and history. The series is a selection of vivid films from locations as far apart as Japan, Mexico, India, Italy and North America. Each episode features a weekend spent in one of our great cities of art such as Venice, New York, Mexico City, Beijing and Istanbul, where we seek out seminal works of the past to show how they reflect history as much as contemporary art reflects today.
The Yellow Tail wine has just been ranked Australia's most powerful wine brand in the world. But the story of the family that created it - a family that has come from nowhere to become Australia's wealthiest winemakers with assets close to four hundred million dollars - has been clouded by gossip and innuendo about their home town.
Dr Rob Bell investigates several businesses that have implemented changes for a more sustainable existence.
From the moment he burst onto the stage in the 1970s, dashing corporate raider Robert Holmes a Court captured the public's imagination with his brilliance and daring. He was the enigmatic and dazzling outsider with a romantic, hazy Rhodesian past - admired, feared and loathed in almost equal measures.
Looks at the huge increase in investment buyers who have entered the art market as Christie's and Deutscher-Menzies organise their preview hangings for the upcoming auctions. Now the catalogues are out, they must find buyers for their six million dollar sales.
Art House is a fascinating four-part series that goes behind the closed doors of the Australian art auction world to meet the key players who buy and sell art in the ferociously competitive art scene.
In the final episode, the stakes could not be higher as Willie takes his perfect recipe to the head buyer at a major supermarket. Everything rests on one man's decision to secure the order.
The Happiness Survey Returns
Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history. It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent!
Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases.
Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters:
Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4)
Create simple financial plans (year 5)
Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6)
Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7)
Spinal Cord Week
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4)
Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6)
Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8)
Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6)
Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement:
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6)
Happiness Survey Launch
In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved.
BTN Investigates - What are dreams?
BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.
BtN looks at the history of the death penalty and the countries that still practice it. Also, should we change the census? There are teacher resources on this topic and the story, Drought Doco.
The inaugural BTN Teacher Awards!
Is your teacher something special? Do they go above and beyond to make your learning fun?
Well BTN would like to hear from you! This week we're launching a new national competition to find Australia's most special teacher. All it takes to nominate them is a short video telling (and showing) us why you think they are the best.
Tune in next week for all the details!
This week marks the end of an era, as Holden's car manufacturing plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. It's a huge moment for workers and for the whole country, as we see the end of car manufacturing in Australia. We'll take a look at the history of this industry and find out what the future might hold for those affected.
For the first time ever, scientists have traced gravitational waves through outer space to their source. That sounds exciting - but what does it mean? We'll find out how the discovery was made and why astronomers say it will change the way we look at the universe.
It's been more than 50 years since Eastern Quolls became extinct on mainland Australia. But now the little marsupials are set for a comeback. Conservationists are taking quolls from a sanctuary in Tasmania and releasing them into a national park in New South Wales. We find out a bit more about the project and why it's good news for both quolls and the environment.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles Year 4
Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive. (Year 4)
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. (Year 5)
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (Year 6)
Teaching is one of the most important jobs out there. So to celebrate all of the amazing work that teachers do each and every year, we're is launching a new competition - the BTN Teacher Awards! But first, we're going to find out a little more about what this job actually involves and how it's changed over the past hundred years.
BTN Investigates - the History of Video Games
BTN viewer Mini has asked us to find out what the first ever game was, who made it and why? Well Mini, you've come to the right place. We've put avid gamer Ruby on the case - tune in next week for her answer.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding:
Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems (Years 5 and 6)
Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input (Years 5 and 6)
Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language (Years 7 and 8)
Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills:
Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (Years 5 and 6)
BEING A KID IN SYRIA:
What is it really like to be a kid in Syria?
Over the past few weeks, the world has been given an alarming insight into the violence and destruction going on in this war-torn country.
It's left many asking what more can be done to help those stuck in the middle of it all.
We take a look at the current situation in Syria and meet some of the kids that still call it home.
REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS:
In response to the worsening situation in Syria, many thousands of refugees have fled the country over the past year.
Some have come to Australia, joining thousands of other people from all over the globe that move here each year to start a new life.
In this special report, we take a look at what a refugee is and how it's different to other forms of migration.
SPECIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH - The BtN Welcome Book:
When refugee or migrant families come to Australia, they are given a welcome pack. It contains a lot of important information for parents, but nothing for kids.
So, in a world-first, Behind the News is going to change that by creating a book full of colourful and heartfelt welcome messages from you, the kids of Australia.
We'll invite kids everywhere to send in their artwork, before printing it into a special book.
That book will then be given to every refugee or migrant family that arrives in the country as part of their welcome pack, giving young arrivals a very personal and friendly welcome to their new home country.
Tune in for your chance to be involved.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
History / Knowledge and Understanding:
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5
Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6
The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6
Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity:
The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6
Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation:
Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Years 5 & 6
OIL IN THE BIGHT:
A fight is currently going on over the Great Australian Bight.
Oil company BP has proposed drilling exploratory oil wells there. But environmentalists are trying hard to stop the proposal.
We look at both sides of the debate.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use Year 4
Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 & 6:
People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity Year 7
Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6
Next week, Australia will get its first new banknote in more than 20 years.
The 5 dollar note is getting a makeover to incorporate new security features and a new design.
It'll also feature a tactile function for vision impaired people that was championed by a kid named Connor.
We'll give you a preview of the note and find out what changes you'll see.
Imagine being told you can't play your favourite sport because you're a girl. That's what has happened to some junior rugby players.
Up until 12, girls can play in boys teams. But in some states, there is no competition for them to join after that until 16.
We meet one of the girls affected to find out what's being done about it.
In our first BtN Special of the series we look at money but not just any money, Australia's money. The money the government gets from all the taxpayers and how it spends the cash; from how the government divides the finances into different areas in the budget to bailing out private companies. We also look at how money leads to corruption and when is a gift not a gift.
This program explores the history and role of money in our society. We also show money being minted, compare money from around the world and present situations involving simple calculations.
Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, no matter what your age. Explore these videos as part of Community Colleges Australia's lifelong learning programs and enrich your knowledge of the world.
From Bathurst to Jabiluka, or gold to uranium, mining has reshaped Australia's landscape, economy and society. Explore the boom times and busts of life when miners move in or move on.