The writers are asked to report on companies they believe to be America's worst polluters. Russell faces consequences for his erratic behaviour while Krystal ditches reporting for a Victoria's Secret Pyjama Party.
A tribute to ABC's Ripponlea studios, where Australia learned to make television. Actors, entertainers, costume and set designers honed their craft inside this creative hub, bringing drama, film, comedy and music to audiences.
Good morning Australia! Get those vocal cords ready for this hit Broadway musical. Filmed in a brand new sound stage in Los Angeles and in front of a live studio audience, the all-live tuneful showcase will feature new songs, characters and a stellar cast line-up. It tells the story of Baltimore teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her ambition to dance on The Corny Collins Show.
This ten-episode series follows six young writers over the course of a summer as they work towards earning a highly coveted full-time position at Rolling Stone magazine. For each of the aspiring writers, it's the opportunity of a lifetime, but only one of them will be offered the contributing editor contract.
Handel's Messiah is one of the most popular choral pieces in Western music, yet few people know the story of how this much-loved work came to public attention or helped save the lives of tens of thousands of children. Historian Amanda Vickery and radio presenter Tom Service present this docu-drama that recreates the performance of Messiah at London's Foundling Hospital in 1750 and reveals how this special fund-raising concert helped maintain the institution and heralded a golden age of philanthropy.
Myf Warhurst's Nice is a six-part series that will take viewers on a cultural crusade to explore some of Myf's favourite things from her youth in music, food, fashion, photography, art and design. It's a show that embraces cultural icons of the past and takes a closer look at what surrounded us - the stuff you'd find in your own living room rather than in a gallery or museum. It's a celebration of all the things that are just, well... 'nice'.
A Boy Called Alex: the Concert is the sequel to Alex: A Passion for Life. The concert features highlights from the astonishing production of Bach's St Matthew Passion, conducted by Alex Stobbs. Cambridge music scholar and cystic fibrosis sufferer, Alex Stobbs captured the heart of the nation with his inspiring story of hope and determination. Battling his crippling disease, Alex continues to turn his musical dreams into reality.
He conducted the St Matthew Passion in front of a packed house of 800 paying audience members at the famous Cadogan Hall in London.
Cyrus Meher-Homji shares forgotten music from a remote Scottish island, Bach reworked and reconfigured, and a man who plays no less than nine different kinds of trumpets on a single album on this episode of Good Listening.
A special memorial tribute to Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014). The acclaimed composer talks about his childhood, friendships and his love of Australia, all influences that were instrumental in him composing music.
John Neumeier's version of La Dame aux Camelias, recorded at Opera National de Paris. Also available is the introductory documentary Flashback on Lady of the Camelias, directed by Reiner E Moritz and Stephane Loison, 52'.
1975 was the year in which Queen came of age; from up-and-coming UK rock band to worldwide phenomenon in the space of 12 months. This film captures one of the most significant live performances of Queen's career.
Celebrate the larger-than-life Johnny Cash, with an epic tribute to this gifted artist, fighter of causes, and legendary entertainer. Featuring original interviews with his family, friends, and a broad array of international superstars.
Imagine everything that annoys you about modern-day life - now set that to music and let a choir belt out just why life in the 21st century is such a royal pain. Finnish artists Tellervo and Oliver Kalleinen did just that; took those everyday complaints and set up the very first Complaints Choir.
Seven Ages of Rock explores the music that has been the soundtrack of popular culture and defined each generation since the '60s, charting the story of rock music from the suburb to the stadium, from the crackly 45 to the MP3 download.
Celebrate the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomised the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.
This is the tragic story of a married aristocrat/socialite and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky. The story starts when she arrives in the midst of a family broken up by her brother's unbridled womanizing - something that prefigures her own later situation, though she would experience less tolerance by others. A bachelor, Vronsky is eager to marry her if she would agree to leave her husband Alexei Karenin, a government official, but she is vulnerable to the pressures of Russian social norms, her own insecurities, and Karenin's indecision. Although Vronsky and Anna go to Italy, where they can be together, they have trouble making friends. Back in Russia, she is shunned, becoming further isolated and anxious, while Vronsky pursues his social life. Despite Vronsky's reassurances, she grows increasingly possessive and paranoid about his imagined infidelity, fearing loss of control. Music by Rodion Shchedrin and choreography by Alexei Ratmansky.
Looking at these major figures, we discover the story of their lives and the impact they made on popular culture. Using interviews, news archives and performances each story will reveal the unique aspect of these iconic stars.
In the 1930s and '40s, hundreds of female musicians toured the country in glamorous all-girl bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-1950s, female jazz musicians had disappeared from the music scene; their names and their contributions to music, completely forgotten. We reveal the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism, and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire, and elevate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them.
In this episode, Cyrus Meher-Homji explores the phenomenon of music as an escape. In the early 1940s, war-weary Britain went to the movies to escape the travails and harsh realities of the world around them. Debussy left France to travel to the moon and Bizet relocated from France to Spain for his most popular opera. And the enchantress Alcina leaves magic islands for the bedroom, where all manner of escapism takes place.
This series looks at the works of renowned music video directors Russell Mulcahy, Steve Barren, Wayne Isham and David Mallet who between them created many of the iconic music videos that kicked off and fed the MTV generation.
A first-hand look into the cultures and artists behind some of the world's most compelling music, with each episode focusing on a different global scene. Zach Goldbaum heads to Compton (aka Bompton) to meet Kendrick Lamar and the friends he grew up with, many of whom are Piru gang members.
This ground-breaking documentary series explores what made the music of great composers so revolutionary and why they remain so powerful today. Featuring award-wining conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, each episode in this four-part series focuses on one composer, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky, bringing classical music to people of all ages and musical backgrounds. When Stravinsky first performed his revolutionary ballet 'The Rite of Spring', it sparked a riot in the audience.
"They were very scruffy" recounts Allan Williams, the Beatles' first manager, as he describes the Beatles' early escapades in Hamburg and Liverpool Soon Brian Epstein appeared on the scene, although he didn't like the sound the Beatles made. Nor did any record producer, and even George Martin now admits that he never believed they would make worldwide hit song writers. There was a cost, of course, which eventually had to paid for this extraordinary euphoria. But, at the time, no-one seemed to care.
The life and work of one of the most important global pop singers of the past 50 years. Though she began his career in the girl group Destiny's Child, her unique talent catapulted to fame as a solo artist after.
A fascinating curio from 1969 that features nine of Bowie's songs, including Love You Till Tuesday, Sell Me A Coat, When I'm Five, Rubber Band, The Mask, Let Me Sleep Beside You, Ching-A-Ling, Space Oddity and When I Live My Dream.
In this episode of Music Voyager, we explore the impact of music from the Bahamas on popular music around the world. Musician Fred Ferguson gives us a tour of downtown Nassau while describing the enduring impact of Bahamian folk music and icons such as Joseph Spence on the world's sound. Did you know, for example, that the Beach Boy's 'Sloop John B' is a Bahamian folk song and that the Grateful Dead always ended their set with a song from the Bahamas? We discover the important role the Bahamas played during the Calypso era from the 1940s to the 1960s, as well as its essential role in the history of funk, soul and disco. We then meet up with the Baha Men, whose song 'Who Let The Dogs Out' was a worldwide smash. Finally, we meet up for an impromptu dance party in front of a conch stand with D-Mac, our pick for the next big international star to come out of the Bahamas.
The beautiful Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda tell a story of culture hospitality and culture, with music as our guide we follow the trail across the islands to find the heartbeat of the country through its rhythms. Along the way we get a taste of the amazing cuisines, the vibrant countryside and the stunning oceans all around. From the sounds of calypso to the carnival celebrations the pulse of Antigua and Barbuda is calling.
We explore the science of sound, music and musical instruments in this series of short films.
Drawing inspiration from Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and others, we discover that vibration is responsible for everything we hear.
In commemoration of 40 years of the Sydney Opera House, this film celebrates the inaugural Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert on September 27 1973 with the 2012 recreation of the concert in its entirety conducted by Simone Young.
Mike Myers is hailed as one of the most multi-faceted performers of his generation. Deepak Chopra, M.D. emigrated to the US from India in 1970. He practised endocrinology and served as Chief of Staff at New England Memorial Hospital before becoming a leader in the field of mind-body medicine.
The story of rock n roll begins and ends in Memphis, Tennessee, in the tiny studio of record producer Sam Phillips. He tells of how he discovered Elvis Presley and of the struggle he had to get Presley accepted. It was not the overnight success story that is popularly believed. Before long, however, Presley came to symbolize the spirit of an entire generation. How did this happen, and why? Or was it the product of Sam Phillips' imagination and Presley's stage presence?
More Than This is the definitive history of English art rock group Roxy Music, formed in 1971 by art school graduate Bryan Ferry (vocals and keyboards). Featuring exclusive access to the band members, all the key characters and never before seen footage, The Roxy Music Story, traces the musical development of the group and examines the stories that surrounded them.
Celtic Thunder's first ever Christmas album includes holiday standards such as It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Let It Snow, Winter Wonderland and Silent Night as well as a few specially written originals, Going Home For Christmas and Our First Christmas Together. Audiences will be enthralled by Celtic Thunder's unique interpretations of these seasonal classics.
Filmed over eight years by award-winning director Bobbi Jo Hart, we follow the dramatic coming of age story of classical phenomenon Marika Bournaki from age 12 to 20. Hart's film amounts to a front row seat in the unfolding of a life and the forming of a personality. Shot in verite style in concert halls, hotels and airports around the world and featuring stunning piano performances - the film turns Bournaki's life into a visual narrative, revealing both the rewards and costs of a life dedicated to music excellence.
Count Almaviva arrives in Seville to find the mysterious woman he met in Madrid. When he learns that she, Rosina, is engaged to her tyrannical guardian Bartolo, he asks the cunning barber Figaro to help him win her hand. Almaviva and Rosina fall in love, and Rosina turns her mind to duping Bartolo. The combined conniving of all three is too much for Bartolo, who admits defeat when he discovers Almaviva and Rosina have married right under his nose.
Carole King was honoured as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year. At a gala event in Los Angeles, Carole and a cast of superstar guests performed some of the quintessential songs from her renowned and celebrated career.
The Beatles said that Harry Nilsson was their favourite American musician. Nilsson won two Grammys and was the recipient of 17 gold records, yet he is relatively unknown today. Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody's Talkin' About Him)?, a wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary, tells the story of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. His hits include the Grammy-winning Everybody's Talkin and Without You as well as Coconut and One (Is The Loneliest Number). The film reveals how his personal life was as complex and contradictory as his music, from his spirited relationship with John Lennon to his close bond with Ringo Starr. Director John Scheinfeld paints a detailed and revelatory portrait of an extraordinary artist featuring over 50 Nilsson recordings, as well as rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies, photos from the Nilsson family album and interviews from those who knew him well. As film critic Leonard Maltin noted, this is a vivid portrait of a gifted man. What a great reminder of his talent.