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.
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.
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.
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.
This award-winning documentary follows conflict between being a Christian and card-counting gambler. It tracks a group of devoutly religious blackjack players who have made it their mission to bleed casinos dry.
In the city of Newport in Wales, a 15-year-old schoolgirl is about to pass from a world of classrooms to one of caskets and coffins - dealing with death on a daily basis. This revealing documentary follows Rachael Ryan as she turns 16 and becomes Britain's youngest female undertaker.
Explore the world of Harry Potter fans and the fascinating, amusing and inspiring ways in which they take their love of JK Rowling's book series to a whole new level. Meet indie band Harry and The Potters who created a new musical genre, Wizard Rock, that now includes others such as Draco and the Malfoys, the Whomping Willow and the Hungarian Horntails (four- and seven-year-old brothers).
Getting married in the 21st century is a highly commercialised, expensive exercise. With the average cost of an Australian wedding now $33,000, the wedding industry is worth $3.5 billion dollars annually - and there are plenty who want a piece of the (wedding) cake. The Wedding Makers goes behind the scenes of this highly competitive, often glamorous, sometimes garish industry and examines how it shapes and influences today's bride.
Andrew Denton's guests are Ian Chappell, and Ingrid Pulson, whose husband killed her two children, her father, and then himself. The Coroner ruled this could have been prevented if the police had acted sooner.
Looks at the incredible organisation that is the Bombay Railway, with stories of the people who keep the trains running 24 hours a day, those who survive because of it - and those who die on it. This episode follows the dreams of railway employees like Mumtaz Kaz, India's first female train driver, who has to find a wife for her brother and get him married in just eight weeks - all while working full-time.
Examines the nature of fear - our most primal and powerful emotion. From its evolutionary origins in the involuntary fight-or-flight survival instinct to its essential function as a learning tool today.
In this hypnotic game show, Showbiz legend Daryl Somers will put contestants through a series of crazy games and tasks to win a maximum cash prize of $20,000 but standing between them and their fortune will be their own subconscious thoughts.
This documentary offers a rare insight into the final chapter of Nelson Mandela's life. It's not an obituary, but a unique glimpse into Mandela's life at a point when, in his own words, he "retired from retirement." With access to Mandela from the beginning of his 90th year until his final retreat from public life, this documentary offers an intimate portrayal of one of history's most respected and revered statesmen. It includes never-before-seen footage of his last ever tour abroad, as well as private meetings and discussions with admirers, celebrities, heads of state and ordinary people.
Two Sydneysiders question the notion of civilised society. They are marrying into Vanuatu's tribal culture, a rich and sustainable existence. Filmmakers Larry Gray and Mary O'Malley are about to be married in the tradition of the Namal people of Vanuatu's Tanna island. Mary and Larry discovered the Namal people years ago while making a documentary series. They stayed in one of the many villages on Tanna that practise a 'kastom' lifestyle, that is one that has no need of modern trappings, including money.
SBS's 2014 FIFA World Cup season just got a whole lot sexier ... or did it? The hilariously awkward and definitely not Brasilian Sam Pang sets off to discover what makes Brasilians the coolest race on the planet as excitement builds around the host nation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Billie JD Porter explores the impact of money in one of the world's most transitional and paradoxical countries - brash, heady, brazen - Brazil. Billie digs beneath the glitz and glamour of a country which is now a breeding ground for the ultra-rich, to show what impact the concept of wealth is having on everyone.
Grimy, gritty, gooey and just plain gross, this series gets down and disgusting as host Mike Rowe isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty as he travels around America, showing off some really dirty jobs.
For the very first time, Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways, Flight 1549 who miraculously landed a passenger jet safely in the Hudson River, re-traces the amazing near-tragedy and meets the passengers who he saved from the brink of death, hearing how he has profoundly changed their lives forever. Narrated by Harrison Ford.
If she'd been born one generation earlier, Judith Lucy's career options probably would have ranged all the way from housewife to hairdresser. Even her chosen career of stand-up comedy was a pretty blokey world when she entered it, and Australia still has one of the most segregated workforces in the world - e.g. plumbers will more than likely be men, while 90% of nurses are women. So to find out why, Judith swaps her mic for a bed pan and lets her nursing skills loose on a hospital ward, then catches up with two pioneering female pilots, including Deborah Lawrie, who had to take Ansett Airlines to court in 1979 for the right to fly a plane.
Some children may have seven siblings; some may even have seven dads. But only 10-year-old Ellie Sharp has seven mums. Ellie's dad Philip is a Messianic Jew and heads Britain's only openly polygamous family. Twelve years ago, God told him that he was a king and he should take seven wives. It sounds complicated, but the family's been together for over a decade.
Norland College in Bath has been training nannies since 1892. Dressed in their distinctive brown uniform with butler gloves and trilby hat, Norland Nannies have been sought after by the rich and famous for over a century.
It's four months since the Llewelyn-Bowens turned their back on London for a new life in the country, but instead of rural tranquillity, all they've had is dust, noise and builder stress. Even Laurence is feeling uncharacteristically down saying, "I almost feel like someone has decided to pay me back for all those years of doing this to other people's houses." As the building work reaches its dirtiest and noisiest stage, their 20-room house seems more like a war zone than a designer pad.
The conversation is bound to get interesting when you're talking to three cabbies! This week Andrew Denton talks to Bruce from Melbourne, Chris from Sydney, and Gerard, who drives a cab on the Gold Coast. Andrew also speaks to Chris Martin from Cold Play.
This final episodes explores how the 'crone' years can bring peace and freedom to women. Mayoral contender Val has always been a feminist and now at 59 is finally in a position to do her bit to change the world for the better. Ruth has survived breast cancer and feels a sense of achievement after years of hard yakka on a remote sheep station. There is no way these women are taking to their rocking chairs.
Baby Beauty Queens follows the journey of three girls aged seven to nine, as they enter Britain's first ever pre-teen beauty pageant. Their mums are determined to do everything within their power to make sure their little darlings make the best impression in front of the judges. Only one girl can be crowned Queenie Tweenie at the Mini Miss UK. Underneath the narrative there's troubling and provocative issues about parenting, about the erosion of childhood and about media sexuality.
In this episode, we meet two men from the London Fire Brigade. Crew manager Aldo has spent 26 years working as a firefighter and is about to retire. Graduate Joe is a 25-year-old rookie who is learning the ropes.
Martin Clunes travels the world to uncover some of the remarkable and unique relationships between man and beast from birds to bears, pets to primates, involving ancient and modern techniques and partnerships.
The teen years define us in so many ways and in this instalment of The Agony of Life: The Teenage Years, the Aunts and Uncles talk about what it was like to try and fit in at school, the bullying and being bullied, the excruciating sex lessons from their parents, and the experimentation with hair, clothes and body ink. And to what lengths did they go to make someone they fancied notice them?
Award-winning British documentary maker Jane Treays looks into the Purity Movement and attempts to uncover the truth behind one of the most controversial issues in America. Treays follows a group of fathers and daughters as they prepare to attend a 'purity ball' in Colorado Springs.