Grayson Perry, a leading British artist and winner of the Turner Prize, has always been fascinated by taste - why people buy the things they do, wear the things they wear and what they are trying to say about themselves when they make those choices. In this three-part series Perry will embed himself in the social classes of Britain to try to understand their taste. This most anthropological of artists is going to live with each of his 'taste tribes' in turn - first the working classes of Sunderland, then the middle classes of Tunbridge Wells, then the upper classes of the Cotswolds.
For the first time in 25 years the Australian SAS lift their strict veil of secrecy to reveal what it takes to pass the toughest military selection course in the world. In this gripping two-part series, we follow the journey of 131 hopefuls, who hail from the cream of the military, as they attempt the brutal 21 day trial. In the beginning there were 131 men. Now, less than half remain. For those still standing the real test now begins. Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Risking their lives and having to kill the enemy has always been an inescapable reality for any soldier - but since the war in Afghanistan it's almost inevitable for every officer to have to face this also. In the past, notions of patriotism and of a 'just war' provided a justification for the taking (and losing) of life. In a new era, this episode looks at how the cadets face this fundamental challenge, as Sandhurst presents the brutal realities of war to a new generation of officers - warts and all.
Part love story, part international thriller, and a gripping chronicle of an unprecedented media and sociological hoax, this feature documentary travels from San Francisco and Washington to Istanbul, Tel Aviv and Beirut in a quest to reveal the true identity of the person behind the popular blog A Gay Girl in Damascus. Who is this Syrian-American revolutionary who goes by the name of Amina Arraf? Not even Montrealer Sandra Bagaria, with whom Amina is carrying an online affair, seems to know for sure. As the Syrian uprising gains momentum, the blog attracts a huge following. But it's Amina's subsequent abduction that sparks an international outcry to free her. Telling a detective story that involves various intelligence agencies and top-tier global media, the film tells a thoroughly modern tale of technology, love and news-as-spectacle questions the ways in which people connect in today's virtual world.
In the second episode, the group trek deep into the American forest, where they have to camp, coping without any of the amenities they're used to. They find themselves pushing even further with their exposure therapy.
In March 2011, a 12-year-old child with a baby face appeared in front of the police camera in an interrogation room of the Memorial police station in Jacksonville, Florida. Cristian Fernandez was held for several hours.
Depressed, decaying and culturally divided. This is a mild version of the standard reaction to the name 'Bradford.' It's a city that has come to define the grim-up-north epithet, and with the huge influx of immigrants from Pakistan earned the label "Bradistan." Throw in two sets of racially motivated riots, and its reputation appears sealed forever.
As a profession, it's as old as civilisation itself, yet the debate about prostitution still rages. The secretive and dangerous nature of Britain's clandestine sex trade has been highlighted recently by the horrific murder of prostitutes in Ipswich and Bradford. Yet, despite this, Britons are still no nearer to deciding whether prostitution should be legalised, decriminalised or simply banned outright.
Can of Worms is back for a third season of controversial and illuminating conversation, and in 2013 we're doing it LIVE. Tonight's guests include: model, Megan Gale, comedian and actress, Magda Szubanski and MasterChef judge, Matt Preston.
Can of Worms is back for a third season of controversial and illuminating conversation, and in 2013 we're doing it LIVE. Tonight's guests are Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin, footballer Jason Akermanis and comedian Dave O'Neil.
An audacious social experiment was carried out at a British market town in Cambridgeshire, where 11 immigrants were temporarily removed from their jobs and the work given to unemployed locals. Since 2004, the town has received 9000 immigrants seeking work, mostly from eastern Europe. But many of the nearly 2000 locals unemployed and claiming benefits, blame the foreign workers for their predicament.
Every short male has his own frustrating story to tell. Cultures around the world seem to share the same obsession with size: it matters, big time. Women are hard-wired to equate height with sex appeal and society in general is stuck on the belief that in business and politics, tall people make the best leaders. S and M: Short and Male explores the relationship between height, self-esteem and success.
The team of 10 young disabled trekkers, pushing their physical and mental capacities to the limit crossing the Andes, now have to negotiate the Ecuadorian mangrove swamps. As they descend towards the ocean from the Paramo grasslands, where the spectacular views came with biting winds and fierce night time temperatures, they must traverse those swamps that have not been converted into shrimp farms.
In a social experiment based on the study of neuroscientists, this episode hosted by Ray Martin features Bret, who hasn't seen his father Colin in 35 years and wants him back in his life; former band members Jeff and James, whose friendship ended when the band split 10 years ago; and teenage friends Sherrie and Bindi, who haven't seen each other in 15 years.
William Yang's story is set against a backdrop of the Mardi Gras, which began as a protest in 1978. Mardi Gras is still a vibrant celebration, famous around the world, and now bringing together the different generations.
Mollie and her teenage friends are dipping their toes into nudism for the first time, much to the consternation of their parents, and student Alex and her friends appear nude online in their Naked Vegan cooking blog.
There is a 'grey crime-wave' sweeping Britain. Pensioners are now responsible for more crime than ever. New statistics reveal ever higher numbers of pensioners are being arrested and ending up in Britain's jails, with 2,500 over 65s in jail today.
Three out of five scientists do not believe in God, saying that religion actively subverts science and saps the intellect. And for years, religion felt the same way about science - most famously when Galileo faced the Inquisition and was forced to retract his 'heretic' theory that the Earth revolved around the sun. But lately Pope Francis has gone some way to bringing the two camps together by declaring that the theory of evolution and the Big Bang are real and God is not "a magician with a magic wand".
Carrie and Ashleigh are at the heart of the biggest and loudest clique in school: they love clothes, boys and parties. But teenage girls also love a drama and as the best friends fall out, the argument looks set to disrupt more than their friendship, with the effects spilling into the classroom.
Louis Theroux meets patients and therapists at California's Coalinga Mental Hospital which houses more than 500 convicted paedophiles. Louis has gained access to Coalinga to film with patients and therapists, and to consider whether these men - whose history of sexual violence is often long and ingrained - could ever be sufficiently changed by therapy to justify their release.
In a rare interview recorded in 2016, the late great satirist, comedian, writer and actor John Clarke, sat down with British comedian and writer Alexei Sayle to discuss a range of issues including performing, writing and sheep.
In August 1977, strange things started to happen to 11-year-old Janet Hodgson. This film examines the evidence, including remarkable sound recordings and original footage. But was it all an elaborate, intricate hoax?
Join host, Chrissie Swan, and a panel of special guests as we ask Australia the curly questions of everyday life. There is no wrong answer, but be warned - you could open a Can Of Worms! Guests include Mia Freedman, Chris Smith and Adam Richard.
Would you show yourself naked, on video camera or live on your mobile phone to a complete stranger or someone you know? This documentary looks at the growing trend of young people using the internet for sexual relationships. What are they getting out of it and what are they risking?
Five teenage couples face the toughest job of all - parenting. In this unique social experiment, five teenage couples move in together and look after other people's babies... babies who will be swiftly replaced by toddlers, pre-teens, teens and finally the elderly and infirm. With nappies, toddler teething, teenage tantrums and old-age incontinence to deal with, will their relationships survive the stresses and strains of adult life?
The challenges of a life-changing 400km journey across the Andes continue for a group of raw and emotionally vulnerable disabled teenagers. The team of 10 is clicking better as a group, but their gruelling journey continues to throw surprises at them every day.
Mr Wallace owns a detached bungalow, a four-bedroom house and a double garage, all of which are literally stuffed from floor to ceiling with newspapers and other household items. He is arguably the UK's most extreme hoarder.
Charming but cheeky Vinni was a model student when he started at the school. But since the break-up of Vinni's parents' marriage his behaviour has deteriorated. So much so that head teacher Mr Goddard worries whether Vinni will make it to the end of Year 11.
Britain's teenagers are the most sexually active in Europe. Given the ease of access to internet porn, they are faced with a bewildering range of issues as they try to work out what's right and what's not.
Exams are approaching at Thornhill and it's not just the students who are feeling the pressure. From an experienced deputy head to newly qualified teachers, everyone is feeling the demands of the school's increasing targets.
For some it's Schoolies, for others Leavers, but whatever you call it, saying goodbye to high school with a week-long party is a firmly established Aussie rite of passage. But is FOMO (fear of missing out) driving the party culture? And will YOLO (you only live once) lead to an unforgettable time for the right or wrong reasons? Have efforts to control this rite of passage led to an increase in totally unsupervised and therefore more risky environments?
A year ago, a group of extraordinary singletons took their first steps into the world of dating. From a stand-up comedian with Tourette Syndrome to an amateur poet with a learning disability, we followed their highs and lows as they entered the world of blind dates, matchmakers and speed-dating. This episode revisits many of the contributors from the uplifting first series of The Undateables. Life and love has moved on for all of them, but did Cupid's arrow hit the target or are they still trying to find The One?
At age 31, presenter Cherry Healey has had a daughter and survived a year of sleepless nights. Now it's time to get back on the rollercoaster of modern life - but has she been left behind? In the first episode, Cherry sets out to find out what a modern relationship looks like in a world where anything goes.
Can of Worms is back for a third season of controversial and illuminating conversation, and in 2013 we're doing it LIVE. Tonight's guests are comedian Arj Barker, actress Rebel Wilson and singer Colin Hay.
Kicked Out Kids follows the stories of four young people in the UK whose relationships with their parents have become so bad that they risk being kicked out for good. Enter the mediators, intent on helping these families resolve their problems before it is too late.
One year after Kevin Rudd's National Apology, The Forgotten Australians brings to light the untold shameful history of Australia's care institutions. Moving, honest and enlightening, the program tells for the first time the stories and suffering of thousands of Australian children, who were put into care in a system that was unscrutinised and overburdened.
In a unique social experiment, five teenage couples face the toughest job of all - parenting. This week, the toddlers arrive. It's a whole new ball game as the teenagers deal with 'terrible twos' for three days.
At the age of 30 Emily Horne has been married five times - but she never bothered to get divorced. In her wake she's left a string of confused husbands and lovers. She's worked in the porn industry and as an escort, she's served one jail sentence for bigamy and was recently on trial again for the same offence. This giddy mix of sex, deceit and betrayal is a tabloid editor's dream. But behind the lurid headlines is a darker tale of mental illness, addiction and neglect.
Join host, Chrissie Swan, and a panel of special guests as we ask Australia the curly questions of everyday life. There is no wrong answer, but be warned - you could open a Can of Worms! This week's guests include Tara Moss, Dave O'Neil and Chris Judd.
Embedded with Sheik Hilaly is a Cutting Edge documentary that follows a young man who decides to move in with Australia's most controversial Muslim figure, Sheik Taj El Hilaly, in order to learn more about the cleric, Islam and the Australian-Muslim community. Dave Zwolenski is 26 years old and likes girls and drinking beer. Raised a Catholic, these days he prefers to stay away from religion altogether. Sheik Hilaly is 66, born in Egypt and a devote Muslim. He likes praying and drinking 'man tea' (his own special blend). Together, Dave and the Sheik form an odd couple, but for the next few weeks they are going to be inseparable.
This episode features the age-old problem of bullying. From cyber-harassment to an old-fashioned scrap, bullying is something that every school faces. Rebel Sam and model student Gabby come from opposite ends of the academic spectrum, but both of them, in different ways, have been affected by bullying.
There are around 20,000 private primate owners in America and for some their monkey is not a pet. It's their child - their 'monkid'. My Child Is A Monkey examines the dark side of the growing monkid phenomenon where families get the chance to nurture babies for up to 40 years.
When fake tans, hair extensions, pumping iron and lunchtime Botox have become the norm, have people's looks actually become more important than who they are? Is vanity necessarily a negative thing? Or can it be harnessed and used to change lives? In episode three, Cherry meets a cast of characters, from those who obsess about their looks to those who absolutely refuse to do so, in a bid to find out whether one's looks can really change one's life for the better. Along the way, she must decide whether or not to stop shaving her body hair, and if she has the guts to get a tattoo.
Join host, Chrissie Swan, and a panel of special guests as we ask Australia the curly questions of everyday life. There is no wrong answer, but be warned - you could open a Can of Worms! Tonight's guests include Matt Okine, Julie Goodwin and John Safran.
This incredible two-part series follows comic, actor and social commentator Eddie Izzard as he attempts to run a staggering 27 marathons in 27 consecutive days across South Africa to commemorate Nelson Mandela's incarceration.
Twenty-one-year-old Gemma Barker from Staines is serving 30 months in prison for fraud and sexual assault. Over the course of several months Gemma invented and impersonated three different boys - 'Aaron', 'Luke' and 'Connor' - and under these separate guises seduced two teenage girls.
It's the final months of school and the Year 11 students are preparing for life beyond Thornhill. English teacher Mr Burton is one of a kind. Music, fancy-dress and jumping on tables are all part of his teacher's toolkit.
We Ain't Terrorists - the politically and grammatically incorrect comedy sensation - present their first television special. All to spread the love, the laughs and to tell the world that we are not terrorists! Starring Dave Merheje and Ali Rizvi, two of the most prolific and edgiest young comics in the game. We Ain't Terrorists is a truthful, passionate and hilarious collaboration that's straight from the streets. It's fresh. It's hip hop. It's pure comedy.
The series continues with a look at the Australian heart since the end of World War II, examining how Australians fall in love today compared to the 40s, 50s and 60s. Then the rules were clear and you got married to stay married. With the sexual revolution, today you can live with whom you want, when you want and how you want. But is finding love any easier? Has the mystery and allure of romance been lost in this pre-packaged world?
Chris Rohrlach looks like an ordinary Australian 'bloke'. A farmer from northern New South Wales. Fourteen years ago, his pregnant girlfriend Rachel had a massive stroke which left her incurably quadriplegic, with significant neurological impairment. Chris was undeterred. For him Rachel was still Rachel, and he married her shortly after their baby was born. That baby is now a teenage boy and Chris and Rachel have just found out they are having another child! If that was not enough responsibility for Chris, life on the farm is tough and he desperately needs a second income. To the horror of many local townspeople, Chris decides to open a small legal brothel.
Sydney, Australia 1953, a city in the grip of a deadly crime wave. In just over a year more than one hundred people were poisoned. The shocking truth is that most of the killers were women. In 1952 two NSW detectives commenced a murder investigation. What they found was so diabolical that it created a storm of public outrage...women were adding rat poison to cakes and cups of tea and feeding it to their unsuspecting loved ones.
Five teenage couples face the toughest job of all - parenting. In this unique social experiment, five teenage couples move in together and look after other people's babies... babies who will be swiftly replaced by toddlers, pre-teens, teens and finally the elderly and infirm. This week, five mothers have agreed to entrust our teen couples with the most precious thing in the world - their babies.
Relationships between teenage girls and their mothers are rarely easy. But how does it feel when your mum - the one person who's supposed to protect and nurture you - is deemed a threat to society and locked up in prison?
Can of Worms is back for a third season of controversial and illuminating conversation, and in 2013 we're doing it LIVE. Tonight's guests are designer Alex Perry, comedian Anthony Lehmo and reality TV star Brynne Edelsten.
Can of Worms is back for a third season of controversial and illuminating conversation, and in 2013 we're doing it LIVE. Tonight's guests will be James Mathison who caused a stir in his first appearance on Can of Worms, singer Chris Isaak and comedian Jimeoin.
As leavers' day, exams and the all-important prom approach, the school tries to prepare two very different students for the future. As the series draws to a close, the students say goodbye to the staff and school, and nervously await their results.
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.
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.