Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
56:10

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America: Would You Hit A Guy With Glasses/Nerds, Jerks And Oddballs

Season 1 Episode 1 ABC November 30, 2009

Media arts

Drama

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
From the pratfalls that entertained immigrants in the early 1900s to the most biting satire on television today, Make 'Em Laugh features the funniest moments in American ...

From the pratfalls that entertained immigrants in the early 1900s to the most biting satire on television today, Make 'Em Laugh features the funniest moments in American entertainment, including the great comedic talents, including Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Woody Allen, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and many more.

Stuff
25:46

Stuff: Our Stuff

Season 1 Episode 1 ABC December 3, 2009

Critical thinking

Intercultural Understanding

9-10
11-12
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
From the cradle to the grave, Stuff examines the abiding passion all of us have for stuff - the stuff we buy, the stuff we treasure, the stuff we desire and the stuff that's ...

From the cradle to the grave, Stuff examines the abiding passion all of us have for stuff - the stuff we buy, the stuff we treasure, the stuff we desire and the stuff that's most important to us. In episode one, host Wendy Harmer talks to 'chuckers' and 'hoarders' and looks at what happens when our love of stuff gets in the way of love and stuff. Wendy also visits a prison and talks to inmates about what it's like to have your stuff taken from you.

ABC Fora
55:30

ABC Fora: December 3, 2009

ABC2 December 3, 2009

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Not ClassifiedClassification: Not Classified
Sydney PEN lecture by Aboriginal academic, lawyer and activist Larissa Behrendt addresses the crisis in indigenous communities. Introduced by Germaine Greer.

Sydney PEN lecture by Aboriginal academic, lawyer and activist Larissa Behrendt addresses the crisis in indigenous communities. Introduced by Germaine Greer.

East Of Everything
52:59

East Of Everything: Cumin Get It!

Season 2 Episode 2 ABC2 December 6, 2009

Media arts

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
The three-day cyclonic storm that blew Gerry into town finally departs, leaving in its wake some major damage to the Far Out East. Citing safety regulations, the council ...

The three-day cyclonic storm that blew Gerry into town finally departs, leaving in its wake some major damage to the Far Out East. Citing safety regulations, the council demands the resort be repaired by close of business - or forfeit its residency certificate - so Vance leads the charge to set things straight, mustering all hands on deck.

Judgement Day
56:03

Judgement Day

Season 1 Episode 1 SBS December 7, 2009

Civics and citizenship

Science

Religious studies

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
In 2004, the board of the public school in Dover, Pennsylvania ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school biology students suggesting that that is an ...

In 2004, the board of the public school in Dover, Pennsylvania ordered science teachers to read a statement to high school biology students suggesting that that is an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution called intelligent design - the idea that life is too complex to have evolved naturally and therefore must have been designed by an intelligent agent. The teachers refused to comply. Later, parents opposed to intelligent design filed a lawsuit in US federal court accusing the school board of violating the constitutional separation of church and state. Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial follows the federal case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District and features trial re-enactments based on court transcripts and interviews with key participants, including expert scientists and Dover parents, teachers, and town officials.

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
53:58

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America: Honey, I'm Home, Breadwinners And Homemakers

Season 1 Episode 2 ABC December 7, 2009

Media arts

Drama

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
The domestic comedy may be the most American of comic concepts. The moment that George Burns and Gracie Allen admitted to their radio audience that they were a married couple, ...

The domestic comedy may be the most American of comic concepts. The moment that George Burns and Gracie Allen admitted to their radio audience that they were a married couple, a tradition of laughter on the home front began.

Stuff
23:09

Stuff: My Stuff

Season 1 Episode 2 ABC December 10, 2009

Critical thinking

Intercultural Understanding

9-10
11-12
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
The human love affair with stuff is deep, abiding and life-long. This week Wendy spends time at a baby shower and visits pre-schools, shopping centres, teenagers' bedrooms and ...

The human love affair with stuff is deep, abiding and life-long. This week Wendy spends time at a baby shower and visits pre-schools, shopping centres, teenagers' bedrooms and a boarding school to try to find the answer to the question: are we hard-wired to accumulate, or is it something we learn?

Honeymoon In Kabul
57:17

Honeymoon In Kabul

ABC December 10, 2009

Civics and citizenship

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

Health and PE

9-10
11-12
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
Why would two sane people travel to war-torn Afghanistan for their honeymoon? Honeymoon In Kabul follows newlyweds Maggie Haertsch and clown doctor Jean Paul Bell on their ...

Why would two sane people travel to war-torn Afghanistan for their honeymoon? Honeymoon In Kabul follows newlyweds Maggie Haertsch and clown doctor Jean Paul Bell on their whirlwind mission to take medical aid and humour to the children of Kabul.

The Brides Of Khan
25:59

The Brides Of Khan

SBS December 11, 2009

Business and economics

Intercultural Understanding

Critical thinking

7-8
9-10
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
Alan Khan migrated to Australia from Bangladesh in the 1970s. He came to Australia to get a pilot's licence and stayed to become the 'king' of Sydney's wedding photographers. ...

Alan Khan migrated to Australia from Bangladesh in the 1970s. He came to Australia to get a pilot's licence and stayed to become the 'king' of Sydney's wedding photographers. Alan is charming, egotistical, charismatic and a cutthroat businessman.

The Desert Castle
53:01

The Desert Castle

SBS December 12, 2009

Visual arts

Design and technologies

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
A fascinating insight into the work of high-level architects combining originality and artistic flair with compromise and hard-headed business abilities.

A fascinating insight into the work of high-level architects combining originality and artistic flair with compromise and hard-headed business abilities.

First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne
55:30

First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne: Summer Special - December 2009

ABC December 13, 2009

Literature

English

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Not ClassifiedClassification: Not Classified
Welcome to the First Tuesday Book Club's annual one-hour summer celebration of books and reading. Joining the club to talk all things summer reading, are special guests, Chair ...

Welcome to the First Tuesday Book Club's annual one-hour summer celebration of books and reading. Joining the club to talk all things summer reading, are special guests, Chair of Sydney Writers' Festival, Sandra Yates, and John Birmingham, the blogger and bestselling Australian author of He Died With A Felafel in his Hand.

East Of Everything
56:06

East Of Everything: The Golden Rule

Season 2 Episode 3 ABC2 December 13, 2009

Media arts

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
The rules of love and intimacy continue to be re-modelled as Gerry appoints himself chief matchmaker and love-god to his grandson Josh - who has been left reeling after a ...

The rules of love and intimacy continue to be re-modelled as Gerry appoints himself chief matchmaker and love-god to his grandson Josh - who has been left reeling after a crushing blow from his girlfriend, Rebecca. Gerry takes it upon himself to ensure that the female guests of the Far Out East assist Josh with his romantic recovery.

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
53:58

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America: Slip On A Banana Peel, The Knockabouts

Season 1 Episode 3 ABC December 14, 2009

Media arts

Drama

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
Physical comedy and slapstick have always found rich soil in America. From the mastery of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the computer-generated antics that helped ...

Physical comedy and slapstick have always found rich soil in America. From the mastery of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton to the computer-generated antics that helped transform Jim Carrey into a human cartoon, slapstick has evolved into a sophisticated art, stretching the boundaries of time and space. This episode explores the comic genius of teams like Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, Martin and Lewis, and the Marx Brothers, and the one and only Lucille Ball.

MythBusters
48:33

MythBusters: Viewers' Special

Season 5 Episode 9 SBS December 19, 2009

Science

Physics

Design and technologies

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
It's time for more viewer suggestions including the "Eye-Popping Sneeze" myth - requested by over 10,000 people, making it the most-requested myth ever.

It's time for more viewer suggestions including the "Eye-Popping Sneeze" myth - requested by over 10,000 people, making it the most-requested myth ever.

Shanghai Gloaming
56:14

Shanghai Gloaming

SBS December 19, 2009

Visual arts

Asia and Australia

Intercultural Understanding

Geography

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: GeneralClassification: General
Shanghai Gloaming follows art photographer Greg Girard during his five-year project photographing Shanghai's disappearing lanes, houses and historic neighbourhoods. Directed ...

Shanghai Gloaming follows art photographer Greg Girard during his five-year project photographing Shanghai's disappearing lanes, houses and historic neighbourhoods. Directed by Shanghai-based filmmaker Eric Ransdell, this program is concerned not just with the destruction of historic buildings, but with the disappearance of a singular Shanghainese way of life.

East Of Everything
56:05

East Of Everything: Secrets And Lies

Season 2 Episode 4 ABC2 December 20, 2009

Media arts

Ethical understanding

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
In the wake of Melanie's final departure, and Eve's separation from Art, the boys' father Gerry suggests a family weekend away to reconsolidate emotionally and support Vance. ...

In the wake of Melanie's final departure, and Eve's separation from Art, the boys' father Gerry suggests a family weekend away to reconsolidate emotionally and support Vance. Despite Art's reluctance, they leave later that day.

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America
53:59

Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business Of America: When I'm Bad, I'm Better, The Groundbreakers

Season 1 Episode 4 ABC December 21, 2009

Media arts

Drama

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: MatureClassification: Mature
In the ongoing war against hypocrisy, conservatism, political correctness, and prejudice,it was always the comedian who led the first wave of attack. Rather than using risqué ...

In the ongoing war against hypocrisy, conservatism, political correctness, and prejudice,it was always the comedian who led the first wave of attack. Rather than using risqué jokes and four-letter words simply to get a rise out of an audience, the most audacious comedians – from pioneers like Mae West and Moms Mabley to 60s and 70s bad boys like Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin – invoked what the First Amendment of the American Constitution calls ‘freedom of speech’ to bring the biggest and most dangerous laughs to the American public.

The Last Christmas
50:21

The Last Christmas

SBS2 December 24, 2009

Modern history

Personal and social capability

Critical thinking

9-10
11-12
Classification: Parental GuidanceClassification: Parental Guidance
In just a few months, World War II would be over in Europe, yet for millions of Europeans, December 1944 was still a time of intense hardship and uncertainty. For many, peace ...

In just a few months, World War II would be over in Europe, yet for millions of Europeans, December 1944 was still a time of intense hardship and uncertainty. For many, peace seemed further away than ever, suffering widespread, despair rampant. Christmas is a time of peace and love. But never was the message of 'Peace on Earth' invoked more hope than at Christmas time 1944. This program looks at moments of hope and despair that were occurring all over Europe during this time.