Today Henry meets a giant observatory telescope. Telescope has just discovered a new constellation. Trouble is he didn't write down the co-ordinates! Henry becomes an astronomer and helps Telescope track down the constellation.
All parents want the best for their children, but more than ever, parents seem to be turning into panic-stricken and obsessive perfectionists. The Madness of Modern Families focuses on the absurd social pressures parents find themselves facing and caving in to in an ever-increasingly competitive world.
The first of a four-part series of the 'people's history' of post-war Australia draws on the stories and memories of ordinary Australians to reveal the significant social and cultural shifts here since 1945.
The fifth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-eight years on as the subjects, now aged thirty-five, talk about their lives and their hopes for the future.
When Australia came to the assistance of the country of East Timor, help came in many forms and had a number of different objectives. One was to secure their political future - another was to create a strong social framework from which this emerging nation could create lasting changes within their community. Within these communities, it is often the women who are responsible for the education of the children and the health and wellbeing of the entire community. Independent Future is a documentary about people - women and girls in particular, who through access to life changing opportunities, are starting to be able to bring about positive change to their families and the wider society.
The first of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Acting upon the venerable Jesuit edict 'Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,' director Paul Almond and his team of assistants (including later director Michael Apted) selected a group of children to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future.
The fourth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of 14 British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-one years on as the subjects, now aged twenty-eight, talk about their lives and their hopes the future.
The second of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. Now having reached the age of 14, the kids drawn from every strata of the British social class structure provide fascinating and at times, poignant insights as to how their dreams and ambitions had been altered.
Happy is a feature length documentary from the Academy Award(R)-nominated director Roko Belic (Genghis Blues), that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness. The film addresses many of the fundamental issues we face in today's society: how do we balance the allure of money, fame and social status with our needs for strong relationships, health and personal fulfilment?
The fourth of a series of documentary films that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The children were selected to represent the range of socio-economic backgrounds in Britain at that time, with the explicit assumption that each child's social class predetermines their future. Director Michael Apted returns twenty-one years on as the subjects, now aged twenty-eight, talk about their lives and their hopes the future.
How can we manage social media use so that it's positive? How can we tell when social media use is affecting us and our relationships in a negative way? We find out in the final episode of this three-part series.
Australian Crawl was Australia's most popular band in 1981 and their first album, with its title single Boys Light Up, sold five times platinum. Their second album Sirocco topped the Australian charts and their hit song, Reckless, is still one of the most requested songs on Australian radio. In fact, during the 80s Australian Crawl sold over one million albums in Australia. But, as James Reyne makes clear to Peter Thompson on Talking Heads, the band broke up in 1986, almost a quarter of a century ago!
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is Judy Steel, a retired Australian nurse who has created a second life for herself working in Africa. Known as 'Mama Jude' to a community of impoverished Ugandans, she has made it her mission to improve their quality of health care and their life in general.
Marie-Antoinette's private quarters in Versailles, the Petit Trianon, where she entertained lavishly, and the "peasant cottage", where she played shepherds, are in a sorry state of disrepair and closed to the public. Versailles' president, Christine Albanel, wants to transform the run-down estate into a major attraction.
The grounds of Versailles contain some 50 spectacular fountains connected by 35 kilometres of pipes. This water system was designed and built under the direct supervision of Louis XIV, a great lover of water features and pyrotechnics. Today, a small team of engineers, maintenance workers and pyrotechnics experts prepare a spectacular show that combines water features, fireworks and a cast of hundreds to recreate the pageantry of Versailles, from the time of Louis XIV, the French Revolution and Napoleon, until the turn of the 20th century.
A fascinating look at people with incredible physical strength and the feats they are capable of. The world's strongest couple have a baby who could inherit their amazing muscle capacity. The champion arm wrestler from the US defeats his fiercest opponent with incredible mind power and Mr Universe, Mr World and 'Mr everything else' was a puny Welshman who started weightlifting at 12 and now has strength and body definition to die for.
Following on from the success of the award-winning ABC television series Choir Of Hard Knocks, choirmaster Jonathon Welch is on a mission. He believes music can change lives and he's out to prove it. This four-part series is a journey of participation and transformation in an unfamiliar world and humanises those on the inside. In an unprecedented move, Corrections Victoria has allowed Jonathon to begin a choir inside Tarrengower Prison, a low security women's prison in regional Victoria. It's the first time a documentary series has been filmed in a Victorian prison. The prison and Jonathon share an objective: to restore the prisoners' self-esteem and improve their rehabilitative prospects. But can Jonathon's song and dance routines have any lasting effect on these women?
It has been six months since the Tarrengower women's prison choir project began and from an unpromising start, Jonathon and the women have worked hard to create a unique Tarrengower sound. Now, in one final concert, they must prove the pilot program has been a success and that music can in fact change peoples' lives.
Four artistic adventurers learn the art of survival in a gruelling contest to travel from Athens to Edinburgh using only their creative talents. Two cellists, an opera singer and an award-winning portrait painter are dropped in the Greece capital with no money and no credit cards and a deadline make their way across Europe in time for an appearance at the Edinburgh Festival. By painting, performing and by virtue of bare-faced cheek, the four adventurers have just their art and inspiration to survive on, with the winning team being the pair that has made the most money throughout the trip.
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.
Success is an attitude. This could almost be the theme of Talking Heads, ABC TV's interview program, hosted by Peter Thompson now in its sixth season. Thompson's guest this week is Janine Shepherd, who is someone who certainly embodies the 'can-do' mindset.
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.
For centuries India's 'dancing bears' have been exploited in a barbaric roadside tradition for the tourist dollar. But now they have a new champion. An Australian grandmother is leading a charge to free the endangered sloth bears from their nose rings and chains and introduce them to a natural environment.
Four artistic adventurers compete in a gruelling contest to travel from Greece to Scotland using only their creative talents. Two cellists, an opera singer and a portrait painter are dropped into Athens with no money and no credit cards and a deadline to make their way across Europe to Edinburgh. By painting and performing, the four have just their art and inspiration to survive on.
Enid the Cat sees a mouse inside the clubhouse, and she can't resist the urge to chase it. She chases it all the way up a tree until she gets herself stuck! Luckily for Enid, Duggee it looks like Duggee will know what to do. The squirrels help Duggee to make a fire engine so that they can all rescue Enid together.
We go on a journey of personal discovery as a diverse range of nine compelling adults reflect on themselves as children, sharing the 'spark' moments and epiphanies that changed their lives - and motivated rewarding careers.
Henry always wants to learn and find out more. So each episode he has a friendly chat with what ever he meets. No matter what Henry meets, they're always delighted to talk, laugh and share their amazing world with him.
Today Henry meets a dinosaur bone in the Natural History Museum. Dinosaur Bone tells all about a perfectly fossilised Tyrannosaurus egg but in his excitement he knocks it over and breaks it. It's up to Henry to find a replacement.
What can the onset of the Great Depression tell us about our current financial crisis? As It Happened: 1929 The Wall Street Crash explores the causes of the 1929 Wall Street Crash. Over six terrifying, desperate days in October 1929, shares crashed by a third on the New York Stock Exchange. More than $25 billion in individual wealth was lost. Later, three thousand banks failed, taking people's savings with them. Surviving eyewitnesses describe the biggest financial catastrophe in history.
This refreshing series is about something we've all thought about at one point in our lives - "if only" we'd done or said something else, things may have turned out differently. It features people telling their personal stories about an event or decision in their past that they now regret.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson is joined by a woman who's become Australia's most passionate ambassador for all things Greek. Maria Benardis was born in Australia but spent her early childhood with her grandmother on the remote Greek island of Psara. At an extremely tumultuous time in her young life, she found sanctuary in a secret vegetable and herb garden she set up overlooking the sea.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is an adventurer who believes 'everywhere is in walking distance... if you have the time'. Paula Constant has walked more than 12,000 kilometres across eight countries in Europe and Africa. She's walked further across the Sahara Desert than any other expedition.
What can a mother say when her son is violently taken away from her? Dennis Tupicoff's latest endeavour answers the question - twice. Matthew Easdale was shot dead in a house in Brisbane in April, 1995. His mother, Kathy Easdale, was interviewed for ABC Radio a few weeks later. That broadcast provides the voice track for His Mother's Voice, where the filmmaker explores how such an earth-shattering event can resonate with an audience.
About 1 billion people around the world live with a disability – that’s roughly 15 per cent of our global population. Learn about and promote awareness of the challenges that people with disability face.
Celebrate and acknowledge International day of sign languages by viewing this collection with your class featuring video content about the lives of individuals who use sign language as well as schools that support them.
Resilience, rights and respectful relationships can be modelled at school to inform students about positive relationships at school, home and the world. Share this playlist that focuses on building positive relationships.
Bullying sucks whether it is online, at school or in a workplace, there is no space for it in our lives. Find more about bullying experiences and how to combat issues related to bullying in this playlist.
There is no space for bullying, whether it is in the playground, classroom or online. No way! View this collection, which deals with all aspects of bullying and how it can be prevented. (ACPPS074,VCHPEP092,VCHPEP109)
Space inspires our greatest scientific and creative minds. Take to the stars with NASA, or hop aboard Millennium Falcon in the best of space fact and fiction. (ACSSU188,ACSSU189,VCSSU127,VCSSU128,VCSSU129)
On April 27, 1994, millions of first-time voters cast their ballots in South Africa's first free elections, ushering in the presidency of Mandela. Learn about the enormous change from those who lived it.