This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson's guest is the vivacious cook Poh Ling Yeow. Yeow is a successful artist, was runner-up on the first series of Masterchef and now has her own show on ABC TV - Poh's Kitchen. Despite Yeow's profile with food and cooking and her art, this was an unlikely path for a shy Chinese Malay Mormon called Sharon.
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.
The Grammar Of Happiness follows the story of Daniel Everett amongst the extraordinary 'unconvertible' Amazonian Piraha tribe, a group of indigenous hunter-gatherers whose culture and outlook on life has taken the world of linguistics by storm.
On Talking Heads tonight, the final episode for the year, Peter Thompson interviews a man who is worried about the possible extinction of the human species. David Suzuki has been called both an environmental superman and Dr Doom. An elder among eco-warriors, he's a Canadian geneticist turned activist and leading broadcaster.
Indigenous politician Linda Burney and commentator Andrew Bolt are deeply divided on recognising the unique nature of Aboriginal Australians in the Constitution. Where do you stand on moves to change the Australian Constitution?
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to one of Australia's 'National Treasures', jazz musician Don Burrows. Burrows isn't keen on being labelled a 'legend'. Even so, he's had an extraordinary career for more than 60 years, starting as a boy playing in smoky clubs during the war. Over the years he's helped lift the profile of jazz, bringing it just a little respectability and he's recorded more than 40 albums.
Facing a packed schedule, the roadtrippers drive to Canberra to interview federal MP and Minister for Housing Tanya Plibersek who proves an inspiration for Kay. En route for Melbourne they stop in Gundagai where they chat to waitress Emily. She reveals a small town Australian perspective when, oblivious of Kay as a person of Asian descent, she describes playing 'spot the Aussie' with her boyfriend.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Jeffrey Smart, one of Australia's great living artists. Smart's unique, almost hyper-realistic pictures have sold for more than a million dollars in private sales, which he finds quite amazing. The high value of his painting is partly due to his own method of quality control, which as he tells Talking Heads, often involves a bonfire.
Filmed over six months with Australia's front line squadrons, Real Top Guns joins a class of rookies who have been selected for fighter pilot school. Flying the British Aerospace Hawk-127 trainer jet, the ambitious young men are pushed to the limits learning how to dogfight and drop bombs. The is tough and any one of the students could fail at any time.
Teachers are the unsung heroes of our community. Many people can remember at least one teacher who inspired them during their formative years - someone who played a pivotal role in their lives. Inspiring Teachers is a four-part documentary series that will explore what makes four teachers in particular inspiring and the impact they have on their students. Inspiring Teachers celebrates the work of teachers who are often undervalued, underpaid and under appreciated. Where does this passion for teaching derive from and how is it conveyed to pupils?
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats to renowned architect Glenn Murcutt. In 2002, Murcutt became the first Australian to win the Pritzker Prize, the world's most prestigious architectural award. Murcutt is best known for his simple but complex houses, built from timber, corrugated iron, and louvred glass, which are all tailored to respond to their unique position in the Australian landscape.
Vera, who survived the Warsaw Ghetto and the cultural leap from Poland to Melbourne in the 1950's, has created spaces in her home with art, books and objects that remind her of the good friends she has made in Australia. Kit's love of toys led her to start collecting children's night lights, which glow in the dark, making her flat look like a fairy grotto.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson barely manages to contain the enthusiasm of scientist Professor Harry Messel. Professor Messel developed one of the world's leading university physics departments, pioneered the introduction of computers into this country and changed the way science is taught in Australia.
Ever wondered what drives people to spend up to 11 months of the year and thousands of dollars on Christmas lights? Meet the Watsons, the Greenways and the Overtons, some of Australia's most passionate Christmas enthusiasts, and discover the meaning and motivation behind their curious and creative passion.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson talks to the ultimate 'speed racer' Sir Jack Brabham OBE. The Brabham name is synonymous with Grand Prix motor racing and to this day, Sir Jack Brabham, the first driver in history to be knighted for his services to motorsport, remains one of racing's most popular personalities.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson is joined by an author who describes her writing career as "having spanned 17 years, 48 wombats, 132 books, 23 languages, 3721 bush rats, over 50 awards in Australia and overseas, six possibly insane lyrebirds, assorted Burke's Backyard's segments, radio shows, newspaper and magazine columns, theories of pest and weed ecology and 27 shredded back doormats".
Adrian Edmondson visits Sedbergh, Cumbria, to meet 16-year-old Sam Roper - the youngest competitor in the gruelling Three Peaks Cyclo-Cross race - and travels to Gunnerside, Swaledale, where blacksmith Stephen Calvert shows how the skills of his trade have not changed for generations. Adrian also talks to musicians Allen Miller, Rod Hall, Sandy Still and Jim Jack of Fourum Folk as a collection of walking maps created by deceased bandmate Bob Hattersley goes on display at Richmond's Georgian Theatre.
Adrian Edmondson meets the staff behind one of the Dales' newest microbreweries as they prepare for their busiest weekend of the year, and visits Swinton Park Castle in Masham for the start of the grouse shooting season.
Racehorse trainer Simon West begins to break in a new arrival from Ireland named Dolly. Plus, pregnant shepherdess Amanda Owen undertakes a 50-mile round trip to see the midwife and have her five-month scan, and Adrian Edmondson spends an evening with community choir the Buckden Singers.
A fascinating series that looks at contemporary solutions to age-old parenting problems by exploring the work undertaken by Karitane; an innovative service that offers practical help to families overwhelmed by the challenges of raising young children. Parent Rescue mixes just the right amount of drama and humour to show a diverse group of families, from a mix of different cultures, who are all touched by Karitane's unique approach to supporting, nurturing and promoting family.
Join Luke and Zindzi as they make use of the laundry basket laboratory, make a roly poly ball wall painting and test some balloon rockets. Plus, look through the windows as some children play with bubbles.
Join Leah and Teo as they practice happy and sad facial expressions in the mirror, create leaf faces to tell a story and play with bottle people at the beach. Through the windows, we take a look at surf life saving.
The nailbiting final is in play and the Mustangs and Wildcats are drawing 2-2. But when tensions rise pitch side - the game is called off and the Wildcats win on league points. But is this the end of the Mustangs story?
The girls have been campaigning hard for a new school library. When Mrs Griggs announces that the library campaign has been successful, joy turns to horror when the girls learn their favourite tree will need to be cut down.
After encouraging Nush's disastrous tactics, Marnie has to girl up to a hostile team and rally the troops - it's the semis this weekend, so it's time to set differences aside and do some hardcore training - Mustangs style.
Join Zindzi and Luke as they explore all of the amazing things that can be found when we venture a bit further and look a little closer. Read the story Hello From Nowhere and go on a car trip to Jenolan Caves.
From the English county of Cheshire, the three Manifold brothers packed their bags in the 1820s to try their luck in the colonies. In 1838, the gamble paid off. The brothers were amongst the first pioneers to ride into the rich pastoral country of the western district of Victoria. They immediately laid claim to all they could see, bringing the family unparalleled wealth and status.
Can you become a star without really trying? Australian tenor David Hobson comes closer to this description than most of Peter Thompson's guests on Talking Heads. Hobson is well known for singing in numerous operas and Carols in the Domain, and for his platinum-selling popular hits. But his meteoric rise to fame surprised many, not least himself. Hobson had planned to compose songs, not sing them, but a fateful event in his early twenties dramatically diverted his career path.
Real Top Guns takes you into the cockpit with some of the hottest fighter pilots in the world, flying some of the awesome war machines of today. Over six episodes, Real Top Guns explores the family lives and motivations of the men and women who belong to the inner circle of Australia's most elite combat flying units.
This week on Talking Heads Peter Thompson's guest is showbiz legend Harry M. Miller.
Miller is the entrepreneur who introduced Australia to the phenomenon of rock opera with Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He originally launched his career in Sydney in the early 60s.
A series about collecting and the many collections people have. Today we meet Valli in suburban Bollywood. She is a classical Indian dancer who has created a home and workspace with furniture shipped from her homeland in Sri Lanka. Nick and Heather, who both lost their sight when they were young, live in a house which they helped design with their two sighted children.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to one of the world's leading Wagnerian sopranos, Lisa Gasteen. Lisa Gasteen brings the full power of her huge voice to the sweeping themes of German opera - lust, death and the vengeance of gods. The Brisbane singer has conquered the world, but talks frankly about the high personal costs of being a globe-trotting opera star and whether her immense talent is a gift or a curse.
At fighter pilot school, dogfight training puts all students under intense pressure and two rookies are in trouble. Nineteen-year-old "Seano" is on a do-or-die fight; a fail will see the end of his dream to be a real top gun. "Chetts", the course leader, misses class and is playing catch up. Meanwhile, "Tik" and seven other top gun Hornet pilots launch a practice attack on ships in the South China Sea. After a frenzied battle campaign the squadron retires to Singapore to honour fallen military men and women in the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson talks to author Blanche d'Alpuget. D'Alpuget's life reads like a colourful novel replete with exotic locations, powerful people and bedroom scenes. To many she's 'the other-woman' who became Bob Hawke's second wife, but as she reveals on Talking Heads her internal journey is a long and deep spiritual one that almost led her to the priesthood.
This week on Talking Heads, Peter Thompson chats with Australian writer Robyn Davidson. As a child Davidson had a well-developed fantasy of taking to the road with no possessions. Later her 1700 mile camel trek across Australia's red centre in 1977, described in her book Tracks, captured imaginations and hearts around the world. In the decades since, her journeys have ranged from torturous to extremely plush. On Talking Heads Davidson talks about her equally intriguing inner journey.
For more than 50 years, the Jacobsen name has been synonymous with Australian entertainment - from the dawn of rock 'n' roll to big names such as Michael Jackson and Barbra Streisand, to global hits like Dirty Dancing. But behind the glitz and glamour is the story of a working class boy from East Hills who was given the responsibility of caring for his extended family.
Not only has she got pink hair extensions, painted on eyebrows and superman hotpants, Starlady's a youth worker in some of Australia's most remote places. Using an unusual set of tools this flamboyant hairdresser spends her time travelling thousands of kilometres across the desert. This time she's heading to Areyonga, an Indigenous community in Central Australia, to work with isolated and sometimes shy teenagers. She'll use a bit of bleach and a whole lot of colour in the hope of spreading confidence and pride. But in this makeshift salon Starlady also finds acceptance and friendship in what some might see as an unlikely place.
A fascinating new six-part series that looks at contemporary solutions to age-old parenting problems by exploring the work undertaken by Karitane; an innovative service that offers practical help to families overwhelmed by the challenges of raising young children. Parent Rescue mixes just the right amount of drama and humour to show a diverse group of families, from a mix of different cultures, who are all touched by Karitane's unique approach to supporting, nurturing and promoting family.
Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson catches up with sheep farmers Clive and Amanda Owen and their five children, then follows estate agent Brian Carlisle as he takes on an unusual sale - a 40ft waterfall known as Catrigg Force in Ribblesdale.
Actor and comedian Adrian Edmondson returns to his birthplace of Yorkshire to document another summer in the life of the Dales. He spends a day working on Ravenseat Farm with the Owen family, and meets Angela Baker, the original 'Miss February' in the world-famous Women's Institute calendar, as local theatrical group the Grassington Players prepare for the premiere of their Calendar Girls stage play.
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.