A four-part, fictional crime drama set in contemporary Bondi, featuring a stellar cast of Australian actors. The drama unfolds when Tori Lustigman relocates from the country to her childhood suburb of Bondi with her teenage son Will, to put the past firmly behind her and start life over. Partnered with Detective Nick Manning, they're assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a young man whose mutilated corpse is found in an apartment. Is this brutal murder a domestic, a robbery gone wrong, or something far more sinister?
During their investigation they discover a series of eerily similar cold cases… one of whom may have been her brother, Shane. Much to the frustration of her boss Inspector Peel (William McInnes), Tori digs deeper only to have their current investigation compromised, resulting in a hostage situation and a fatal error of judgement.
The team deconstructs the latest advertising trend: anti-advertising. And they take a look at the communication around the issue of domestic and family violence including a recent ad targeted at teens.
Domestic abuse is one of the biggest social issues affecting women and girls globally. Stacey Dooley is determined to challenge the apathy surrounding domestic abuse and find out what is being done to help those most affected.
This week the panel looks at the rise of one brand, and the fall of another; controversial car-sharing app Uber and cheating website Ashley Madison. Can an ad agency convince us we need a home grown royal family?
Gruen is the show that knows as much about advertisers as they know about us. It runs an X-Ray over advertising, spin, branding, and image control. Host Wil Anderson is joined by Todd Sampson and Russel Howcroft.
We look at toilet paper ads to ask why something white, square and occasionally embossed sells itself using puppies and kids; You Tube pre-rolls; and a pitch to convince us that Australia should manufacture nuclear weapons.
The Clark County Detention Centre never sleeps. It's a round-the-clock operation, from feeding the inmates to combatting riots, keeping the peace in this small city on lockdown comes down to the officers.
In the final Gruen of the year, Wil, Todd & Russel unwrap some Christmas ads & look at one of our favourite ads of the year. Two agencies show us that wrinkles can be sexy. Guest panelists: Milla McPhee and Claire Salvetti.
Martha (Maxine Peake) has to put her personal feelings aside when she is asked to defend Sean, a close friend from her past. Is she strong enough to ask him the tough questions in order to do her job properly? How close were Martha and Sean when they were young and what are their feelings for each other now?
It's not just inmates who are doing time in the Clark County Detention Centre in Las Vegas. Families are sharing a sentence on the outside as they navigate how to communicate, understand and cope with loved ones behind bars.
What if we could explore the vastness of space? Science fiction has always fed upon our need to explore - to wonder what is out there. Space journeys from Jules Verne's earliest ideas about attempts to leave our planet, to Nichelle Nichols revealing how her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura in Star Trek led to her participation in the recruitment of NASA's astronauts.
This star-studded series presents some of the most compelling shows on television today, as well as those of the past, by focusing on key character archetypes that have remained a staple of primetime television through the generations. This episode reveals how women have transformed from model housewives to complex, and sometimes controversial, characters.
Journalism in times of war has, over the past half century, become an increasingly traumatic and lethal endeavour. Only two journalists were killed in World War I; this in a war that claimed the lives of over 19,000 soldiers in a single day and saw 16 million dead by the end of the war. In World War II, 63 journalists died. By contrast, 120 journalists were killed in the first six years of the Iraq war. The International News Safety Institute now counts 1,397 news media dead in the ten years since 1996 in 105 countries.
This episode of The True Story takes a look behind the Oscar-winning film Gladiator. Real gladiators were far more bloody and skilful than anything in the movies and the emperor Commodus was crazier in real life than on film. The True Story reveals the world of the arena - sex, fame, blood, gore - and the fall of an emperor whose obsession with gladiators had a bodycount.
This episode reveals the shocking true tale of a series of shark attacks that terrorised New Jersey in 1916, and influenced the Peter Benchley blockbuster, Jaws. At the heart of the story is a mystery... is the great white shark a real serial killer? Or has history condemned the wrong culprit?
In this new four-part series, renowned psychological illusionist Derren Brown presents four stand-alone episodes that take the form of a giant social experiment. Some have been inspired by classic psychology tests, others concocted by Derren himself to illustrate how easily our behaviour can be manipulated.
The second and final part of Queen: Days of Our Lives follows the incredible emotional roller coaster ride that Queen embarked on over their second decade. Once again the documentary is full of stunning musical performances, previously unseen and rare footage (including Freddie Mercury's last filmed moment), and intimate interviews.
Jason Bourne is the ultimate CIA operative, brainwashed into performing assassinations for a secret cell within the Agency. As far-fetched as it sounds, True Stories can reveal that many aspects of Robert Ludlum's original books, and the subsequent Bourne movie franchise are rooted in fact.
In the last episode of the series, True Stories delves into the thriller and Academy award-winning film Silence Of The Lambs. Starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, Silence of the Lambs tells the story of a young ambitious FBI profiler Clarice Starling as she pursues the serial killer Buffalo Bill with the help of convicted cannibal Hannibal Lecter. Examining the two killers from the film, The Silence Of The Lambs - The True Story reveals the real life inspirations for writer Thomas Harris's creations and how their characters came straight from case files.
What Price Fame? consists of three one-hour specials exploring our obsession with fame and the high costs associated with stardom. In episode 2, without the fans it's a short shelf-life for a celebrity. We look at the world of celebrity worship with some of the world's craziest fans.
Hollywood is the worldwide epicentre of fame and ground zero for every actor's dreams. But it is also a city that is both tough and uncompromising. Ninety-eight percent of actors who go to Hollywood won't fulfil their dreams. Next Stop Hollywood charts all the excitement, frustrations, fears and tears of six Aussie actors as they compete for roles during the frenzied US TV pilot season.
All over the world people are constantly talking about what to watch, from hit TV shows, home grown documentaries to big cut-through movies, or quirky low-budget obscurity served up to you by the recommendation algorithms.
In the fourth season inimitable host Wil Anderson will once again pick apart the seams of advertising. Important topics in this episode include the range of persuasive methods used in bank adverts to either appeal to customer loyalty, or to attract customers from rival banks; and the ethics and morality of producing sexually crude, fake adverts for genuine products in order to gain attention.
In the explosive final chapter of the Matrix trilogy, Neo, Morpheus and Trinity battle to defend Zion, the last real-world city, against the onslaught of the machines that have enslaved the human race.
Host Wil Anderson, Russel Howcroft, Todd Sampson and a trusty team of advertising experts will cast a steely eye over new marketing terrain and any PR disasters that might erupt during the course of the season.
In this powerful 6-part series, filmmakers spent a year inside a high- profile maximum security correctional centre, Hays State Prison in Georgia, a fortress built to house criminals who other prisons can't handle. Within its walls are 2,500 of America's toughest criminal inmates. During the series we go behind the scenes of US maximum security prisons as we follow the inmates and witness the brutal reality of life inside.
It is 1958 and Jenny celebrates her birthday with Chummy and the girls. Jenny is concerned about a mum-to-be involved in an abusive marriage, while Trixie and Sister Evangelina find themselves in unusual circumstances on board a Swedish cargo ship looking after the captain's daughter who is about to have her first child.
The series examines the rise of a new class in Canberra - that of the professional advisor. In the past it was politicians, guided by public servants, who made the decisions. Today they have 'staffers', dozens of paid advisors. We don't vote for them, we don't even know their names, and we're not quite sure what they do. But they wield enormous influence. They are very much the power behind the power. They are The Hollowmen.
In this special episode, Bear returns to meet the men and women who made it through the experiment and sees first-hand how they managed to survive for the past six weeks. He hears their reflections on their time on the island and shares his thoughts on how they have coped with the extremes.
Season three is set in 1966 when the famed duo Masters and Johnson are dealing with the glare of the national spotlight as their sex study is finally unveiled. It's the start of the Sexual Revolution and Masters and Johnson's work will have a profound impact on contemporary relationships, especially their own evolving three-way 'marriage' with Masters' wife.
At the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, sooner or later all inmates get their day in court where their guilt or innocence is determined and their lives are forever changed by the verdict they receive.
Explore depictions of Australia and it's culture through a special collection of films representing life Down Under with a range of selected content for all ages. (VCHHK072, VCHHK076, VCHHK073, VCHHC097, VCHHC098, VCHHC100)