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The Ferals – An Explosion of Talent 1994

This irreverent puppet-live action series about a mangy group of animals pushes the boundaries of children’s television.

Fergus McPhail – Double Trouble 2004

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.

Flipper and Lopaka – The Secrets of Quetzo 1999

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 – Public Property 1986

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.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 1 2004

Homesick for Broome, the Pigram brothers wrote a famous song celebrating their mother’s wonderful fish soup and rice.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 2 2004

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.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 3 2004

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.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 5 2004

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.

The Food Lovers’ Guide to Australia – Series 5 Episode 6 2004

Another program in this very attractive series with its blend of produce, recipes and the cultures that make up contemporary Australia.

Foreign Exchange - Episode 2, Shark Attack 2004

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.

Four Corners – Aiding or Abetting 1983

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.

Four Corners – American Dreamers 2003

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.

Four Corners – Blue Death 1988

A chilling program about Australia’s greatest industrial disaster: years after the mine closed, Wittenoom residents are dying of asbestos-related illnesses.

Four Corners – Car Wars 2006

Australia has one of the highest rates of car theft in the western world. Chris Masters investigates car crooks working in the gaps between warring car industry worlds.

Four Corners – Far From Care 2006

A savage indictment of the state of our rural health services. Dr Kevin Coleman is the only doctor to service Cobar shire, a huge area with a population of 7,000.

Four Corners – Fixing Cricket 2000

A Walkley Award-winning documentary by Liz Jackson at the height of the match-fixing controversy, exposing why it had escaped official investigation for so long.

Four Corners – French Connections 1985

An extraordinary docudrama about the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior and the death of a Portuguese cameraman.

Four Corners – Inside the Circle 2005

Inside the circle’, a new way to deal with offenders who come up before the legal system. Robert is face-to-face with his victim and four Aboriginal Elders.

Four Corners – The First Program 1961

This interview with Olympic swimming champion John Konrads, from the first Four Corners in 1961, leaves us with a better understanding of how a great athlete’s mind works.

Four Corners – The Kilwa Incident 2005

A massacre, cover-up and UN report that implicates an Australian mining company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Four Corners – We’ll All Be Rooned 1982

A lack of envirommental perspective somewhat dates a tragic record of the death of a country town. The wheat belt of Coonamble is now entering its fourth year of drought.

The Fourth Wish 1974

An obstinate single father struggles to grant his terminally ill son three wishes.

Frontier: Stories from White Australia’s Forgotten War 1996

This documentary is about the continuing war that erupted between white colonists and Indigenous peoples upon first contact.

Full Frontal – Series 3 Episode 4 1995

This sketch comedy series features early work from performers like Eric Bana and Shaun Micallef.

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The Games – Series 1 Episode 8, Rural and Environment 1998

In mockumentary style, The Games charts the progress of the fictitious Logistics and Liaison Division of SOCOG in the run-up to the Sydney Olympics.

The Genie From Down Under – It’s my Opal … (and I’ll cry if I want to) 1995

This episode shifts the action to Australia and introduces ‘the tour guide from hell’ and his sneaky nephew, both in pursuit of a magical opal.

The Gillies Report – Series 1, Episode 4 1984

Max Gillies’ ability to capture the mannerisms of our politicians and Patrick Cook’s searingly funny scripts are this program’s great strengths.

Go Back to Where You Came From – Series 1 2011

An immersive documentary in which six Australians test their prejudices by tracing in reverse the journeys taken by refugees to Australia.

Good Guys Bad Guys – Car Wars 1998

A crime series set in a drycleaners.

G.P. – Toss a Coin 1989

G.P. is a medical drama that looks at topical social issues.

The Gunston Tapes 1975

Garry McDonald plays Norman Gunston, an egotistical but inept talk-show host. His rich and famous interview subjects often didn’t know the show was a parody.

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H20: Just Add Water – Hocus Pocus 2007

H2O: Just Add Water is about three teenagers facing everyday problems but with a twist – they become mermaids when in contact with water.

Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark 1997

A forensic psychiatrist finds she has to solve a petrol station shooting without getting too personally involved.

A Hard God 1980

A Hard God, based on the play of the same name, is the story of a working-class Irish-Australian Catholic family in Sydney in the 1940s.

Harp in the South 1986

The ‘harp in the south’ refers to Irish immigrants in Australia. A mini-series, based on Ruth Park’s book, follows the Darcys in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Heartbreak High – Series 1 Episode 1 1993

Edgy, fast-paced drama starring a young Alex Dimitriades and set in a multicultural urban high school.

Heartbreak High – Series 7 Episode 210 1998

Stolen goods, lawn bowls and a séance feature in this final episode of the groundbreaking 1990s teen drama.

The Henderson Kids – Series 1 Episode 2 1985

Teenage actors Nadine Garner, Kylie Minogue and Ben Mendelsohn feature in this classic 1980s children’s drama from Crawford Productions.

Holly’s Heroes – Crunch Time 2005

Focuses on the importance of attitudes and honour in sport, in the story of basketball-mad Holly who moves from New Zealand to Australia and starts her own team.

Homicide – The Decimal Point 1965

When Homicide first aired, Australian television drama, complete with Australian cops and accents, was a novelty on screen.

Homicide – The Friendly Fellow 1973

This was star Charles 'Bud’ Tingwell’s favourite Homicide episode.

Homicide – The Superintendent 1970

This extraordinary episode breaks away from many of the usual Homicide conventions and dispenses with the customary police investigation in record time.

Hoota and Snoz – Series 3 Episode 13 2003

Snoz and Hoota are squabbling rivals in this 3D computer-generated animated series. In this episode, Snoz finds a mini Hoota included with the breakfast cereal.

Hoota and Snoz – Series 3 Episode 3 2003

Squabbling duo Hoota and Snoz star in the first 3D computer-generated animated series produced in Australia.

Horace and Tina – Settling In 2000

This program is an unusual combination of live action and animatronic puppets with Jasmine Ellis, the actor playing Lauren, the animation model for Angela Anaconda.

The Human Journey – Episode 1 1999

It’s a tall order to re-create events from three-and-a-half million years ago. Roger Scholes found every kind of landscape required in Tasmania.

The Human Journey – Episode 3 1999

Part scientific mystery, part detective story – this episode concludes that everyone on earth is related to the one tribe from Africa.

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I Can Jump Puddles 1981

Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by Alan Marshall, this story of struggle and courage has become a classic Australian tale.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 10 2003

If only’ stories of missed opportunities including Roxy, 'the baddest child in Australia’, now clear-sighted enough to describe the madness she has been through.

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