This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.
Blue Murder 1995
This outstanding mini-series about police corruption is memorable for the controversy surrounding its release, but it is the superlative scripting, acting and production that secure it a place in Australian television history.
Blue Water High successfully combines the dramatic school-based Heartbreak High with the beach setting of Home and Away.
This mini-series recreates the 1932-33 cricket test series that threatened ties between Australia and England and changed cricket forever.
Bondi Rescue won the 2008 TV Logie Award for Most Popular Factual Program. The lifeguards find lost children, save people from drowning and deal with drug overdoses.
Bondi is the best known beach in Australia with 2.5 million visitors per year. The lifeguards are an elite squad who can’t believe they are paid for doing work they love.
One of the earliest examples of The Book Show. DJ (Dinny) O’Hearn talks to David Malouf, who had just won the Haskell award for his body of work.
Germaine Greer talks to Andrea Stretton about the mixed reactions of feminists to her latest book, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause.
Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.
Peter Carey had already won the Booker prize for Oscar and Lucinda when Andrea Stretton interviewed him about his latest book, The Tax Inspector.
Tim Winton discusses the film adaptation of his novel, That Eye, the Sky. So long as the adaptation respects the writing, he’s happy.
Brides of Christ 1991
Brides of Christ take a vow to forsake the secular world and live according to God’s will. An Australian television landmark, recapturing the great changes of the ’60s.
A young Vietnamese refugee on the run complicates the Wilson family’s attempts to save idyllic Butterfly Island from a crooked resort developer.
A compelling story of science that presents one of the most important moral questions of our time – should scientists be able to lock up research for personal gain?
Reporter Dr Jonica Newby bravely puts herself forward to discover whether she has a predisposition to depression.
One of the greatest exploration feats of all time – the Cassini mission to Saturn, followed by the release of the Huygens probe into Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
Sixteen-year-old Cuinn’s clay animation enhances imagery demonstrating brain research which explains why teenagers are often impulsive risk-takers.
ABC science reporter Dr Paul Willis tells a little-known scientific story about fossils found in Antarctica that prove it was once a huge forest and that Antarctica was once joined to Australia and South America.
The discovery of a tree from the Jurassic period in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 1994 was like finding a family of dinosaurs alive and well.
Bushie explorer Ted Egan tours places of wonder in Central Australia.
Chandon Pictures is a comedy that takes an uneasy look at the notion of 'chasing your dream’.
The Chaser’s APEC episodes underscore the power of the unexpected in this type of comedy and the legal juggling act involved in bringing it to air on a weekly basis.
This is the first episode of the satirical variety program, containing comic pranks, commentary and send-ups responding to topical issues and more general subjects.
Kevin and Margaret, filmed three times over a 30-year period, show how attitudes towards marriage have changed in Australia between the 1960s and 2000.
In 1969, Chequerboard made a program about child performers. Thirty-one years later, Max and Grant agreed to be filmed for Chequerboard Revisited.
In 2000 Pat and Ken have turned out very differently from their promise in the 1972 program in which the two boys, from Liverpool Boys’ High School, were featured.
A 1970s country society wedding is contrasted with the union of two people living in the city who met on their way to work in a local shoe factory.
The series brought to light the lives of individuals and families who had missed out on the benefits of Australia’s growing affluence in the 1960s.
Chequerboard introduces a 'fly-on-the-wall’ observational style. A Catholic priest leaves his order to live with one of his young parishioners.
A fresh look at the interaction between the court system and Aboriginal people living in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.
Finely tuned satire that gives sensationalist reportage a caning.
The Colony 2005
In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.
Come In Spinner 1989
Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney feature in the story of three very different women in wartime.The series won a slew of AFI awards.
Craig Hamilton suffered a very public nervous breakdown as he was travelling by train to take up the position of sporting commentator with the Sydney Olympics.
A compendium of the Middle East filmed by Frank Hurley during his years working as an official war photographer in the Second World War.
Jim Connor was a POW who survived the Second World War but wondered whether he could survive the peace.
Turkish immigrants in the 1970s found they were forbidden to march with the Australians on Anzac Day.
Every year, 700 amateur singers come together to perform Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall. It’s a Christmas tradition. They have nine rehearsals only and getting ready for the big night is a nail-biting experience.
In this moving Compass documentary about the Anzac spirit, each of the pilgrims reveals yet another reason why Anzac Cove is a sacred site for some Australians.
Wahid and Susan are very much the ideal Aussie couple. They’re also devout Muslims; Wahid was born to the faith while Susan is a convert.
Traditional Christianity taught that humans are superior to animals. Science is rapidly changing that perception. Why is non-human life important?
Four women talk about their unwanted pregnancies in the ’50s, an era before abortion was readily available. Each went on to fight for other women’s right to choose.
Pacifism has always been a central tenet of the Religious Society of Friends. For Quakers, God is within each and every person.
Fire-bombings and vandalism were the norm until Mary, a Good Samaritan Sister, got people together to decide what was needed to turn the community around.
Monica, a lesbian and a former nun, published a letter she’d sent to her cousin, Cardinal George Pell, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney.
In a world where Muslims are increasingly depicted as fanatics and fundamentalists, Faiz Khan, born and raised in the USA, speaks out.
This episode of Cop Shop is notable for bringing together Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley and Joanne Samuel a short time before they all starred in George Miller’s landmark Mad Max (1979).
This episode is a good example of the relatively adventurous single-episode stories featured in Cop Shop at this point in its run. These appeared alongside the more usual crime and soap-oriented plotlines.
The Cowra Breakout 1984
In the early hours of 5 August 1944, 1,100 Japanese prisoners launched a mass breakout from a POW camp near Cowra.
While the technology now looks a bit dated, at the time this was an edgy, high-tech series about five kids with a dream job – testing video games after school.