The Curtin telemovie is like a skilfully painted miniature: small in size and scope but, on closer examination, high on well-researched detail.
Cybergirl crashes to earth. Pursued by evil replicant bounty hunters, she takes refuge with Jackson and his father Hugh.
Cyclone Tracy 1986
A fictional account of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters – a major turning point in the history of Darwin.
While the D-Generation credits read like a who’s who of two decades’ worth of Australian comedy, at the time these comedians were unknowns.
DAAS Kapital – Faith 1992
The Doug Anthony All Stars serve up heavy doses of the nonsensical and the bizarre, plus dashes of sexual innuendo, cartoon-style violence and deliberate tastelessness.
Dancing Orpheus 1962
This black-and-white nature program from the earliest years of ABC TV features the unique lyrebird. Narrated by John West, it won an AFI Gold Award in 1963.
Lang Hancock, nicknamed ‘the flying prospector’ for aerial prospecting with his naked eye, and Peter Wright find Australia’s richest iron ore deposit.
In this 1980s epic production from the Kennedy Miller stable, Richard Eastwick, born in a London slum, dreams of establishing a family dynasty.
The Dismissal 1983
On 11 November 1975, the Labor Prime Minister was dismissed. Great Australian drama based on actual events, produced less than a decade after they took place.
Divine Service was first broadcast in 1956, the first year of television in Australia. In a packed church, everyone is dressed in their Sunday best for the ABC.
An informal Christian service is held in a suburban home in Brisbane. This group is involved in a wide range of peace activities in the ‘International Year of Peace’.
This superb hour of drama was Division 4’s most awarded individual episode. It sustains a mood of simmering tension and the supporting cast deliver deliciously malicious performances.
Doggie Day Afternoon 2000
This program about pampered pets and their exotic owners includes a doggie hotel, beauty parlour, cemetery and 'Dogue’ – the fashion house for dogs.
Gregory has placed magnets in his shoes and hat so that he won’t fall into outer space when he gets to Australia.
Double Trouble is in the vein of Parent Trap, but with an Australian spin. It is an entertaining children’s program that offers insights into the lives of young people living in the Alice.
Double Trouble allows a cultural exchange to happen for the audience as well as the characters, as we follow the adventures of twin sisters who are both 'fish out of water’.
Double Trouble has entertaining and likeable characters and boasts an experienced cast. It also wonderfully captures an Indigenous sensibility and humour.
A lighthearted live show by Roy Slaven and HG Nelson on the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
German Jews who had fled to Britain to escape Nazi persecution were then interned as 'enemy aliens’ in Australia and became known as the 'Dunera boys’.
Just who or what is a Jew is an important theme of this series. Private Dunstan’s response shows how sheltered Australia was from the maelstrom of Europe.
A portrait of a very close-knit family. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is the last of the world’s great media empires controlled by a family dynasty.
Leading Collingwood AFL player Bob Rose combined the will to win with a great humility, qualities rarely found today in our top sportspeople.
A simmering vision of western Sydney and consistently powerful performances define this cop-show take on the fault lines of a post 9/11 world.
Two Australian families have accepted an ‘eco challenge’: the Edwards family, led by ex-army commando Spike, and consumer addicts, the Shepherds.
Eco House is a funny but informative show about how to lessen our eco footprint. The families who had to survive for 24 hours with no water, electricity, cars or waste disposal, now have to cut their household energy emissions by 60%.
Effie was a sitcom character before wandering out of fiction into documentary. Her comic persona allows a bluntness that 'serious’ interviewers might not get away with.
A teen spy thriller directed by Ana Kokkinos satirising detective, film noir, and spy film genres in the mysterious story of Private Investigator Eugénie Sandler.
Self-reliance and a strictly non-violent resolution feature in this story of Jumpalina, the big-footed baddy in her floating castle, up to her tricks again in Faireezia.
Crimes committed in Fairytale land mean the world’s best-known fairy tales won’t end the way they should. Combines genres of fairytale and detective television.
Alex Perry runs through the A-Z of designing a wedding dress for the big day, negotiating the demands of the bride, her mother and the bridesmaids.
Donna-May Bolinger, whose shoes were worn in Moulin Rouge!, has attempted to move beyond designing shoes, to incorporate feminist history in her work.
John, from the Macarthur dynasty, pioneers of Australia’s wool industry, produces knitted high fashion garments that include singlets, shorts and even bikinis.
Fashionista – Mambo 2003
Robert Moore’s boyhood interests– including cars and rock 'n’ roll – continue to inspire his artwork for iconic surfwear company Mambo.
Naomi Goodsir is a milliner. Lucky there’s always a race day somewhere, otherwise she’d be out of a job.
Nicolas Jurnjack, hair stylist to the world’s most famous models, was offered a choice of a plumbing or hairdressing apprenticeship. He chose plumbing.
Fashionista presenter Lee Lin Chin, self-confessed fashion junkie, is a Westwood fan, having written a long letter to her several years ago.
A private detective agency run by a couple of incompetents feature in a social satire on life 'in the fast lane’ written by John Clarke and Andrew Knight.
The hapless Fergus, who is probably the biggest dag around, is trying to be cool as he attempts to settle into his new life. Of course all does not go to plan.
Producer Yoram Gross used animation to free up Flipper: ‘In the old series, Flipper was like an extra … we gave him the chance to be the action hero.’
The Flying Doctors is a drama series set in the fictional town of Coopers Crossing and based on the work and lives of the men and women of the outback medical service.
Homesick for Broome, the Pigram brothers wrote a famous song celebrating their mother’s wonderful fish soup and rice.
Diving for trepang (sea cucumber) in the northernmost tip of Australia, the program finds fine produce and great cooks to create a showcase of Australian cuisines.
While Maeve O’Mara has crossed the desert to eat at a terrific Greek taverna in Coober Pedy, Joanna Savill is in the Torres Strait to take part in a local feast.
Maeve O’Mara travels to Tasmania to discover the secrets behind creating a terrific cheddar. Joanna Savill is invited to a three-day Sikh religious festival and feast.
Another program in this very attractive series with its blend of produce, recipes and the cultures that make up contemporary Australia.
In the middle of the night, Hannah comes though a portal from Ireland and arrives in Brett’s bedroom in Perth at 7 am.
A Fortunate Life 1985
While most viewers will be aware of a strong note of irony underlying the story, there is no doubt that in the final analysis it is one of hope, endurance and faith in humanity.
How is Australian’s aid to the Philippine Government being spent? This program was broadcast just before the overthrow of Marcos and his extravagant wife.
As the world waits for the inevitable invasion of Iraq, Four Corners offers a compelling picture of the power of the Neo-cons to influence George W Bush.
A chilling program about Australia’s greatest industrial disaster: years after the mine closed, Wittenoom residents are dying of asbestos-related illnesses.