This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies. A bad accident on an outback cattle property tests everyone on Rescue 521 from Townsville. While on the Great Barrier Reef an English tourist suffers crushing chest pains.
In South West Queensland some of the worst flooding in 54 years cuts off homesteads and towns across hundreds of square kilometres. Rescue 500 from Brisbane goes to the aid of a young woman suffering intense chest pain. While, inland from Port Douglas, Rescue 510 goes to the aid of a 21 year old man who has fallen 10 metres onto his back.
In the final episode of Navy Divers the men of basic clearance divers course number 67 are deployed to a remote tropical island off the Queensland coast where they must complete the final 'demolitions' phase of their training. It's the part of their course they've been waiting for. They have thirty tonnes of high explosives, artillery shells and bombs, and three weeks to blow it all up.
Twenty-seven young men begin their quest to become members of the navy's elite clearance diver branch. At the RAN's diving training school in Sydney they launch into the week-long clearance diver assessment test (CDAT). Overseen by a team of experienced navy divers, they will be taken into a physical and mental 'hell' specifically designed to test strength and endurance and weed out the weak. Only 14 will make it.
Every year at universities across Australia, a small handful of student politicians gear up for what they believe to be the most important week of the year - election week. But their job has never been harder, with gen Yers so cynical of politics and politicians, the student pollies have become pariahs and no one knows this more than David Wilkins, the incumbent president at the Adelaide University Union. From the dirty play of political rivals to the sluggish response and general apathy of most students, Electioneering goes straight to the heart and mind of yen Y, to find out what they really think about politics.
The racing family that has survived and thrived against the odds, the Waterhouses, tell of their bruising experience through four generations of bookmaking in Australia. Gai Waterhouse is on top of her game now, having trained some of the biggest track winners in the country, but there was a time when the mud flew at this family and the going got very rough.
This week the Chopper Rescue team attend two emergencies. On Hinchenbrook Island a family's yachting holiday of a lifetime takes a dangerous turn. Meanwhile a drama unfolds mid-air as a motorcyclist with catastrophic injuries has trouble breathing while being flown to Brisbane.
Australia's blockbuster novelist, Bryce Courtenay, plundered his own incredible life story to create his internationally bestselling books and films. But when he put the story of his son's tragic death into print, it scarred the family forever. Today, as Bryce Courtenay struggles to complete his next book, his family reveals the difficult and complex truths behind the larger-than-life fiction.
Looks at disability in Australia from a unique point of view - a crew of disabled sailors are competing in the most famous ocean race in the world, the Sydney to Hobart. Tonight, the selection trials are coming to a close and final crew for the 2009 Sydney to Hobart crew will be chosen; which disabled sailor will have their ticket to Hobart? Broadcast as part of SBS's Secrets And Lives series.
Building 173 in downtown Shanghai has witnessed three quarters of a century of the most dramatic upheaval in modern Chinese history, including World War II and the Japanese invasion, the rise of Communism and the Cultural Revolution. Its residents tell an intimate tale of how these violent changes have altered the course of their lives.
In My Year 7 Life, 16 diverse kids from around the country were given cameras to document their transition from primary school to high school. Follow these kids as they go from top dog to small fish.
Introvert Hudson resolves to speak up more in class as he puts himself forward for form leader and strategises with family about how to deal with lunchtime bullies. Title also stylised as My Year Seven Life.
16-year-old Kerry has been offered her first ever job & she needs a birth certificate to get paid. But Kerry's birth was never officially registered so the Registry has to find evidence to prove Kerry is who she says she is.
The untold family saga behind our most iconic bush legend. RM Williams was a legend in his own lifetime. The epitome of the iconic bushman and Australia's pioneering spirit. Swagman, cameleer, gold prospector and explorer, he built a multi-million dollar brand, based on the skills he developed in the bush.
Kevin's 17 and about to sit his school exams; that's tough enough. But around a year ago, Kevin had a baby with his 16-year-old girlfriend Jess, who is also in her final year of school. They live apart, with their own families, but Kevin stays over at Jess's sometimes to help with the baby before and after school. Since the baby was born, he's also worked in a pizza shop to help support them all financially.
This episode gets to the bottom of Tejind's single status. Until now he has maintained a silence on girlfriends and sex but, with his mum and dad looking for a bride for the 'baby' of the house, Tejind comes clean on a night out.
Features 48 collisions filmed in ultra slow motion between dancers, boxers, martial artists, gymnasts, football players, wrestlers and street culture enthusiasts. This documentary goes behind the scenes and follows the production as it unfolds. Over 140 collisions are filmed in three days.
Today is the first day of term at Bradfield Seniors college for students with different worries: Daniel was bullied at his last school, Lisa has a fiery temper and Koray hasn't been to school for four years. This documentary series follows fifteen Year 11 students as they try to get their academic careers back on track.
Biker tattooist Tony Cohen reckons he is more of a psychiatrist than a tattoo artist. For over 20 years he's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly walk through the doors of his infamous tattoo parlour, The Illustrated Man, near Sydney's Central Station. Tony began marking his son Brett's skin when he was just four. As soon as he was old enough, Brett learned to tattoo his dad and has been helping his dad run the business for the last 15 years.
In episode two of Navy Divers the real training begins. In the first module of the course the new recruits must prove they can cope with the deep. Clearance divers are often used to conduct deepwater battle repairs to ships and strategic infrastructure. When working under these conditions danger is ever present and small mistakes can rapidly turn into life threatening disasters.
In episode four the Townsville crew leaves before dawn to fly back out to the 'ghost yacht' drifting on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Police regard the yacht as a potential crime scene and the crew must pick up vital navigation equipment and computers which may provide information needed to help search for the missing three-man crew. After they have retrieved the equipment, the Townsville crew joins an all out search for the vanished men. Meanwhile, the Cairns crew flies to the Mossman River Gorge. A teenage boy has become stranded on a rock in the middle of rapids and all attempts to reach him have failed.
Emmett's plan to build a drone is put on hold so he can get Conner an awesome birthday present. Paige tells Wayne to spend more quality time with Emmett, which translates into him resurrecting Emmett's drone project.
Conner's date is ruined by her brothers' snobbery. When Emmett discovers he can get a discount on his bike repair in exchange for a date with his sister, Conner jumps at the chance to teach her brothers a lesson.
Michael and Kim have turned up at the Registry hoping to get hitched. But there's a problem. They have no wedding witnesses - their bridal party is stuck in traffic - and without witnesses they cannot get married.
Family Confidential returns for its second season, inviting you into the homes of six of Australia's most powerful and intriguing families. In the first episode, Shannon Noll, a multi-platinum recording artist, shot to fame in 2003 as the runner-up on the first series of Australian Idol. In just eight years, Shannon had 10 consecutive top 10 singles in the ARIA charts - the only artist in Australia ever to do so - and, now with sales in the millions, he's one of Australia's top-selling performers. Yet Shannon's success hides a family tragedy.
Few businesses would know stress around the clock like a police operations call centre. Operators receive 000 and inquiry calls for everything from attempted suicides to guiding police cars through high-speed pursuits. Intense public and political pressure has been applied to shorten the average response time, that is the time from calling to police arriving. A new superintendent has been given the job of increasing efficiency and already the response time has been shortened, but at what cost? Stress buster Dr Niki Ellis examines the call centre to see what cost this new efficiency has been to an already stretched workforce.
In episode three, the Townsville crew get a call from the Queensland Water Police. The Coast Guard aircraft has sighted a mysterious yacht drifting far out to sea on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. There is no record of the yacht and they are unable to make contact with her. Operating at the very end of their range the Townsville crew winch a rescue officer down into the open sea. After a hard swim he climbs on board to discover an empty yacht. Hours later the story of the 'ghost yacht' on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef flashes around the world.
Once the darling of the wine industry, talented winemaker Andrew Garrett and his family have now been forsaken by the industry that once celebrated them. Starting their amazingly successful business on a $3000 loan, Averil and Andrew Garrett worked their dream hard with innovative marketing and production and their label became a national and international bestseller. But their high life and rollercoaster ride came to a full stop when fire devastated the historic winery they had hoped to make the headquarters of their empire.
Bob Jane's name and face is one of Australia's most famous brands, but the cost of this fame and the lifestyle it brought, has been significant. The country's leading 'revhead' made it out of tough working-class Brunswick in Melbourne to motor racing fame and a multi-million dollar tyre empire. But the flamboyant racing king has paid a large personal price along the way.
Chopper Rescue is a unique observational documentary series following the work of the helicopter rescue crews of Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ), who serve the people of far north Queensland. The Chopper Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and operate out of two bases in the far north cities of Townsville and Cairns. Consisting of pilot, air crew officer, rescue crew officer, paramedic and emergency doctor, the crews cover vast distances from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef to the remote outback.
This new four part series follows three young people as they set off on a journey of self-discovery that will challenge them to find their own road in life. Desperate to make a difference Brynn, 25, is a corporate lawyer in a top city firm who feels trapped. Bruce, 20, studies Arts/Law, and is a recent migrant from Zimbabwe who loves the performing arts, but feels an obligation to support his family. Kay, 20, is struggling with business studies and under pressure from her Chinese-Timorese migrant family to succeed. The trio hits the road in a bright green campervan, to interview their chosen mentors.
From the Logie-award winning team that brought us Dynasties, Family Fortunes is a four-part half-hour series that explores how dramatic reversals in fortune - for better or worse - have affected Australia's most interesting families. Episode one looks at the family behind motor racing legend, Peter Brock. For the first time, director Tracey Spring goes behind the scenes and joins the Brock family as they face Peter's devastating legacy.
Brothers Ray and Peter Mickelberg, former abalone fishermen, were fitted up for Australia's biggest gold heist: $650,000 dollars worth of gold bullion - or 68 kilograms of gold - from the Perth mint in 1982. They were framed by a corrupt cop, bashed, wrongfully imprisoned for almost a decade, and financially destroyed. They never stopped fighting to get out and, now acquitted, seek compensation from the WA government.
Why do we collect what we collect, decorate in certain styles or become obsessive about adding to particular possessions? In this five-part series, three professional 'sticky beaks' - Gerri Williams, Julie Nimmo and Andrew Urban - check out the stories behind the acquisitions. In this first episode, we discover what a retired couple, a young Aboriginal artist, a prisoner and some 'empty nesters' have in common - a pride in their surroundings.
Allan Martin committed seven armed bank robberies in his youth and was locked up in Melbourne's Pentridge Prison for 20 years - sharing the rock-breaking yards with the likes of Chopper Read. Amazingly enough, out of this world of violence emerged a poet.
From the ocean to the outback, helicopter rescue crews save lives and face near death challenges every day. Chopper Rescue follows the work of the doctors, paramedics, rescue officers and aircrews who are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They cover huge distances across Queensland, from the remote outback and tropics to the outermost limits of The Great Barrier Reef.
A powerful series on some of Australia's most famous and influential families opens with the hidden face of Frank Lowy, at an extraordinary turning point in his family's history. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the global multi-million dollar retail brand Westfield which Frank Lowy created from a small suburban shopping centre. But behind the meteoric success is a family that is still struggling to reconcile its past and its future.
When Adam injures himself while sneaking in from a party late, Emmett covers for him and has to endure the consequences. Wayne is worried about Adam's football career and Bentley is jealous of all the attention he's getting.
During an online lecture, Paige shares a heroic story from Wayne's past that may not be true. The kids take on internet trolls attacking Wayne's story but start to question if the online community is actually right.
Paige thinks the Wayneys are too reliant on their electronic devices so she leads them on a family camping trip to The Devil's Ottoman. Paige's plans for them to reconnect with each other and nature are only half successful.
As the kids ease into the new school year Damon decides to run for student council, however, will have to give an entertaining speech and is upset when he loses a valuable item; Keira struggles to manage outside distractions with a heavy study load and witnesses her first act of bullying; Ty forgets his diary which costs him at school, which isn't made any easier when he begins to fall behind in violin practice. The kids discuss some bad experiences and the evil of being prescribed homework on a regular basis. Title also stylised as My Year Seven Life.
This is the private story of the unconventional family behind one of Australia's most famous faces. When Sally Butler met Ernie Dingo, it was the beginning of a unique bond that would bridge two very different cultures.
Paul McDermott is joined by Australian TV legend, the journalist and author Ray Martin. Ray wants Paul to banish parking inspectors and small dogs. And for Ray, 'life's too short to waste it on going to the Opera' not to mention his annoyance at people who stop at the top of escalators. But will Paul agree and banish them to the Room 101 vault?
An insightful documentary about five deaf teenagers as they take their first steps into the hearing world. This film highlights how not all deaf teens want to be able to hear, and are often defiant against being part of the hearing world, but also the lengths some deaf teenagers will go to improve their hearing.
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.
A refreshing series about something we've all thought about at one point in our lives - "if only" we'd done or said something else, then perhaps things would have turned out differently. The series features people from all walks of life telling their personal stories about an event or decision in their past that they now regret.
In episode two, the Cairns chopper must fly to the small Aboriginal community of Hopevale where a baby girl is severely dehydrated. On the way back to Cairns the crew is diverted to pick up a 13-year-old boy with a suspected fractured pelvis. As they fly to pick up the boy at Mossman Hospital, tropical storm clouds gather and the crew must decide whether to fly on using satellite navigation or abandon the task and leave it to the night crew. Meanwhile, wet conditions on Magnetic Island off Townsville contribute to a terrible car smash. A critically injured 22-year-old is trapped in his ute and is in intense pain.
Emmett will do anything to get to a local hot dog eating contest, even if it means disobeying Paige and tunnelling through the basement wall to freedom. Adam and Bentley stumble upon a mysterious stash of chocolate covered raisins.
Only thirteen men remain on the course and the training is becoming more severe. The surviving recruits face the nightmare of maritime tactical operations where sleep becomes a distant memory. Clearance divers must be able to carry out clandestine reconnaissance operations behind enemy lines. To achieve this, they use a special re-breather or bubble free diving set and conduct their operations under the cover of night. During this module the men must reach new levels of fitness. They must also prove they are a team tight enough to face the potentially fatal consequences of operating behind enemy lines.
Why do we collect what we collect, decorate in certain styles or become obsessive about adding to particular possessions? In this 5-part series, three professional 'sticky beaks' - Gerri Williams, Julie Nimmo and Andrew Urban - check out the stories behind the acquisitions.