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Australian Story: Two Brothers

ABC April 3, 2017

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Mal and Mike Leyland were pioneers of outback documentary-making, first setting off to Central Australia in 1960. Mal was just 15 and Mike 19. Their television shows in the ...

Mal and Mike Leyland were pioneers of outback documentary-making, first setting off to Central Australia in 1960. Mal was just 15 and Mike 19. Their television shows in the 1970s and '80s were so popular that their theme song, Ask The Leyland Brothers, remains familiar to millions of viewers today. But when Mal and Mike decided to branch out into the tourist industry by building their own theme park, Leyland Brothers World, disaster struck and both were bankrupted. The brothers fell out and went their separate ways. Sometime before Mike Leyland's death in 2009, they reconciled but Mal Leyland continues to have regrets. Sourcing rich archival footage, this program tells the inside story of the Leyland's rise and fall, and of their final days together.

Australian Story
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Australian Story: Long Journey Home

ABC February 12, 2018

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When scientist Jim Bowler saw a human skeleton emerging from the sandhills of the remote Willandra Lakes in 1974, he had no idea his chance discovery would radically rewrite ...

When scientist Jim Bowler saw a human skeleton emerging from the sandhills of the remote Willandra Lakes in 1974, he had no idea his chance discovery would radically rewrite Australian history. The full excavation revealed a complete skeleton covered in red ochre and in astonishingly good condition. Scientists would date Mungo Man at around 42,000 years old, pushing back the known date of human occupation in Australia by thousands of years. But for Mungo Man's traditional owners, the Mutthi Mutthi, Ngiyampaa and Paakantyi/Barkandji peoples, his discovery and removal to Canberra was a deep source of upset. When his remains were finally returned to country late last year it was an emotional homecoming for all, including Jim Bowler.

Australian Story
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Australian Story: Building Bridges

ABC April 18, 2016

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For the first time on TV Michelle Bridges and her family talk about her becoming a mum at 45, her relationship with 'Commando' Steve Willis and taking on the junk food ...

For the first time on TV Michelle Bridges and her family talk about her becoming a mum at 45, her relationship with 'Commando' Steve Willis and taking on the junk food industry. The program traces Bridges' remarkable journey as the daughter of a broken home in working class Newcastle who last year was named on the BRW list of Australia's richest self-made women. She's described as one of Australia's most influential health and fitness experts. In a new relationship with her "Biggest Loser" co-star, Steve Willis, the couple have been fodder for gossip columnists and paparazzi and now have a 4-month old son, Axel. Bridges says having Axel has strengthened her ambition to tackle the junk food and sugar industries. "The truth of the matter is they sell crap food and make people sick and that makes me angry."

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Australian Story: Abby's Story

ABC April 25, 2016

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Ten years ago, Nicola and Jim Walker received the news that every parent dreads. Their two-year-old daughter Abby was diagnosed with leukaemia, a life-threatening illness. ...

Ten years ago, Nicola and Jim Walker received the news that every parent dreads. Their two-year-old daughter Abby was diagnosed with leukaemia, a life-threatening illness. Abby's parents hit upon a controversial course of action - to have another child and harvest stem cells from the new baby's umbilical cord in case Abby relapsed and needed a transplant. They invited Australian Story to film with them as they embarked on this solution, providing intimate access to a deeply moving family experience. In this Australian Story update, we revisit the Walker family to find out the consequences of their decision.

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Australian Story: A Kind of Medicine

ABC May 2, 2016

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As one of Australia's first Indigenous doctors Mark Wenitong combines his skills as a physician and a musician to fight ill health in Far North Queensland, including a looming ...

As one of Australia's first Indigenous doctors Mark Wenitong combines his skills as a physician and a musician to fight ill health in Far North Queensland, including a looming Ice epidemic. His greatest role model was his mother Lealon who in the 1950s and '60s fought against the odds to become a pioneering Indigenous health worker. Despite his dedication to his medical work, Mark Wenitong describes himself as primarily a musician, a talent he has passed on to all his children. Daughter Naomi rose to prominence as half of successful duo Shakaya while eldest son Joel is also a successful musician. But a terrible car crash plunged the family into crisis. Naomi nearly died and the trauma for Joel, who'd been driving, led him to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. Australian Story follows the Wenitongs as they continue to work in music and medicine within both the Indigenous and wider community.

Growing Up Gracefully
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Growing Up Gracefully: Career

ABC August 16, 2017

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How should young ladies navigate the workforce? Eliza 'goes big' to get an employer's attention and tests being a bitch to get ahead. Hannah tests the old method of being a ...

How should young ladies navigate the workforce? Eliza 'goes big' to get an employer's attention and tests being a bitch to get ahead. Hannah tests the old method of being a nurturing mother to the boys at work.

Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy
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Diana, Our Mother: Her Life And Legacy

Seven July 30, 2017

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For the first time since Princess Diana's death, Princes William and Harry are speaking openly about their mother. This intimate and emotional royal event is a must-see. ...

For the first time since Princess Diana's death, Princes William and Harry are speaking openly about their mother. This intimate and emotional royal event is a must-see. Broadcast as a Sunday Night special.

Australian Story
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Australian Story: The Bridge

ABC August 7, 2017

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On a Sunday afternoon in 2012, Donna Thistlethwaite told her partner she was going out to buy groceries. Instead she drove to Brisbane's Story Bridge and tried to end her life ...

On a Sunday afternoon in 2012, Donna Thistlethwaite told her partner she was going out to buy groceries. Instead she drove to Brisbane's Story Bridge and tried to end her life in the wintery waters of the Brisbane River. Donna was a popular, positive-thinking, successful career woman with a loving partner and a young son. She had no history of the mental illnesses that are commonly associated with risk of suicide. Her world unravelled in about 10 days. Donna was lucky enough to get a second chance at life, thanks to a confluence of "miracles" that helped her survive. Australian Story tells a cautionary tale which shows that, with the right set of circumstances and the wrong kind of thinking, suicidal thoughts can happen to just about anyone and how seeking help can save a life. By sharing her story, Donna hopes that anyone feeling suicidal will see that life can be "great" again and reach out for help.

Top Dogs: Adventures In War
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Top Dogs: Adventures In War: Sea And Ice - Cape Horn

Season 1 Episode 2 SBS December 18, 2009

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Discover the realities of open-sea sailing as Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world, aims to give his fellow adventurers ...

Discover the realities of open-sea sailing as Robin Knox-Johnston, the first person ever to sail single-handed, non-stop around the world, aims to give his fellow adventurers - newsman John Simpson and polar explorer Ranulph Fiennes - a taste of his world as a professional sailor. They attempt to sail on a voyage around Cape Horn, the most forbidding stretch of water on the planet.

Australian Story
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Australian Story: Beyond OK: The Man Behind R U OK? Day

ABC September 4, 2017

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Gavin Larkin was the ultimate alpha male: a highly successful advertising executive with friends in high places. But there was a problem with his seemingly perfect life. He ...

Gavin Larkin was the ultimate alpha male: a highly successful advertising executive with friends in high places. But there was a problem with his seemingly perfect life. He was, as he says himself, "a bit of a prick" and he was deeply unhappy. Gavin decided to change, and in 2009, he used his marketing nous and his high-profile contacts to create R U OK? Day, a national day of action to prevent suicide. But not long after the launch, the super-fit, indomitable Gavin was anything but okay. He died of cancer just after marking R U OK?'s third successful campaign. R U OK? Day has become one of the nation's most embraced days of action. Six years after we first aired the story of Gavin Larkin, we return to his family to see how Gavin's extraordinary legacy has helped sustain them through their grief.

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Australian Story: I Am Sam

ABC June 12, 2017

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Sam Goddard's story is one of determination and a family's love in the most devastating circumstances. Australian Story first shared Sam's journey in 2011 and the story ...

Sam Goddard's story is one of determination and a family's love in the most devastating circumstances. Australian Story first shared Sam's journey in 2011 and the story received an overwhelming reaction in Australia and overseas. At the age of 23, a series of strokes had left Sam completely incapacitated and unable to communicate. Seeking a miracle, his family and partner Sally Nielsen searched the internet and stumbled upon the controversial sleeping tablet Stilnox, which they learned was being used overseas to treat people with brain damage. Contrary to medical advice, they took a risk and trialled Sam on Stilnox. The drug had a remarkable effect. Within 15 minutes, Sam was able to talk and express his feelings. Now, six years later, we find out what happened next for Sam Goddard and his family in their search for a miracle.

Australian Story
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Australian Story: A Gentle Man

ABC October 16, 2017

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Australian Story goes behind the scenes with boxing's Mr Nice Guy, Jeff Horn, and his meteoric rise from bullied teen to welterweight champion of the world. The unknown ...

Australian Story goes behind the scenes with boxing's Mr Nice Guy, Jeff Horn, and his meteoric rise from bullied teen to welterweight champion of the world. The unknown teacher shot to international fame in July when he beat Manny Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion with $500 million in earnings to his name.

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Australian Story: Wendy’s Way

ABC September 7, 2015

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Brett and Wendy Whiteley were icons of Australian art - he the internationally acclaimed "rockstar" artist, and she his glamorous wife and muse. But then tragedy struck. Brett ...

Brett and Wendy Whiteley were icons of Australian art - he the internationally acclaimed "rockstar" artist, and she his glamorous wife and muse. But then tragedy struck. Brett died in 1992, followed by their actress daughter Arkie nine years later, leaving Wendy alone. Determined not to let grief overwhelm her, Wendy Whiteley threw her energies into turning a huge wasteland into a beautiful garden.

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Australian Story: Into The Lion's Den

ABC April 6, 2015

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This week's program is about a rickety old fishing boat. But appearances can be deceiving. The inconspicuous MV Krait ferried 14 special operatives thousands of kilometres ...

This week's program is about a rickety old fishing boat. But appearances can be deceiving. The inconspicuous MV Krait ferried 14 special operatives thousands of kilometres behind enemy lines into Singapore harbour during World War 2. The mission? To blow up enemy shipping right in the heart of Japan's wartime stronghold.

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Australian Story: Dear Emma

ABC April 16, 2018

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Brisbane woman Emma Betts was living her dream as an aid worker in East Timor when someone suggested she have a mole on her back checked. A year after she had it removed, ...

Brisbane woman Emma Betts was living her dream as an aid worker in East Timor when someone suggested she have a mole on her back checked. A year after she had it removed, melanoma showed up in most of her major organs. At 22 years of age, she was given only months to live. Reeling from the diagnosis, Emma was shocked to learn that melanoma is now the most common cancer killer in 20- to 39-year-olds. Emma fell in love, got married and then devoted herself to a blog called Dear Melanoma (http://www.dearmelanoma.com). Her honest account of living with terminal cancer and her candid acceptance of her impending death endeared her to tens of thousands. Using her newfound fame she began campaigning for better awareness of the disease among her generation and in the process has helped save others' lives. Introduced by radio host Sarah Wills.

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Australian Story: Your Money or Your Life

ABC May 15, 2016

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AN AUSTRALIAN STORY EXCLUSIVE Twelve years ago Danielle Tindle came back from the brink of death to survive Hodgkin's Lymphoma. By extraordinary coincidence, it was her own ...

AN AUSTRALIAN STORY EXCLUSIVE Twelve years ago Danielle Tindle came back from the brink of death to survive Hodgkin's Lymphoma. By extraordinary coincidence, it was her own fathers groundbreaking stem-cell research which ultimately saved his daughters life. I hate the term cancer sufferer; its such a disempowering, victimising word I've been through hell and back but I'm strong and I can be beautiful. - Dr Danielle Tindle (PhD) Since Danielle was given a second chance at life, this inspirational young woman has made it her mission to advocate for improved services and care for other adolescent and young adult cancer patients. She's become a world leader in the field. I've already faced my own mortality, so I had no fear of death. I wanted to focus on something which was meaningful, which was helping others. - Dr Danielle Tindle (PhD) Unfortunately, mid-way through her PhD, the now thirty-six year old Danielle Tindle was diagnosed with neuroendocrine carcinoma, a completely new tumour. Doctors think its a consequence of the toxic treatment she was given in her early twenties. That she's got it is almost entirely the result of the draconian treatment she had ... for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. - Prof. Robert Tindle, father With all conventional therapies ineffective against the cancer, once again Danielle, her father and her medical team are in a race to find the next life-saving breakthrough. Its come in the form of ground-breaking drugs which are subsidised for melanoma under the PBS, but for rare cancer patients like Danielle, are cripplingly expensive. If you are a melanoma patient and your chemotherapy happens to be one of these antibodies, you'll be paying about $6.50 a shot, and in the adjacent cubicle there'll be someone like Danielle, who is paying $5000 a shot. - Prof. Robert Tindle, father Nobody thinks its fair... the lottery says she got a rare cancer, and our system doesn't respond in that circumstance. - Richard Vines, CEO Rare Cancers Australia Australian Story has followed this extraordinary woman who never gives up right from the beginning. I cant not hope I'm just unstoppable. - Dr Danielle Tindle (PhD) Australian Story: Your Money or Your Life airs Monday, May 9 at 8pm on ABC & iview Join the conversation: #AustralianStory

Australians of the Year: In Conversation
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Australians of the Year: In Conversation

ABC June 4, 2016

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Julia Baird hosts a special panel of Australian of the Year recipients including David Morrison, Elizabeth Broderick, Julian McMahon and Nic Marchesi at Sydney's Town Hall.

Julia Baird hosts a special panel of Australian of the Year recipients including David Morrison, Elizabeth Broderick, Julian McMahon and Nic Marchesi at Sydney's Town Hall.

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Australian Story: My Conscience Tells Me

ABC March 7, 2016

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When Dr Rodney Syme was unable to alleviate the unbearable pain suffered by a cancer patient many years ago, it triggered what he calls his "epiphany". For more than two ...

When Dr Rodney Syme was unable to alleviate the unbearable pain suffered by a cancer patient many years ago, it triggered what he calls his "epiphany". For more than two decades Dr Syme has campaigned to legalise voluntary euthanasia for the terminally ill. He also continues to counsel and help people, like former corporate boss Bernard who has tongue and lung cancer, and has recently planned his own funeral and hosted his own living wake. It's an issue that polarises the medical community.