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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.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 3 2003

More 'if only’ stories, including a young single mother who found and then lost her birth mother and a woman who suffered at the hands of the school bully.

If Only – Series 1 Episode 5 2003

Vignettes of lost opportunity, including a man with cloudy vision, a musician convinced she would never play again and a ward of the state missing her mother’s love.

The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant 2004

An epic period adventure, full of swash and buckle, sweeping landscapes, high seas and romance.

Interview with Archbishop Mannix 1962

Interviewed at age 97, Dr Daniel Mannix, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, was a man of considerable influence in Australian public life.

In the Mind of the Architect – Episode One: Keeping the Faith 2000

How many of us would be prepared to change in a cupboard each day rather than compromise the architect’s vision? A showcase of contemporary architecture.

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Lake Argyle 1976

Harry Butler CBE, naturalist and environmentalist, explains how man-made Lake Argyle has changed the ecology of the Kimberley region forever.

In the Wild with Harry Butler – Scars on the Landscape 1976

Harry Butler seems the archetypal bushie, with his khaki shorts and battered bushman’s hat. He doesn’t work to a script, but moves around the bush with a keen eye.

The Inventors 1980

Panellist Diana 'Bubbles’ Fisher is expected to play the 'dizzy dame’, so she can be guaranteed to talk about the colour of the gadget while the guys talk knowingly about its science.

It’s Academic – Episode 40 1971

It’s Academic is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running quiz program in television history.

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Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 25 1987

Jack Thompson is a great narrator. He’s the iconic Aussie male and his voice has that dinky-di Australian drawl that Americans love to hear.

Jack Thompson Down Under – Episode 3 1987

Aspects of Australian life connected by the on-camera presence of actor Jack Thompson, the iconic Australian with the dinky-di Aussie drawl that Americans love.

John Safran’s Music Jamboree – Episode 2 2002

An irreverent and enthusiastic take on popular music, sandwiching real facts between Safran’s signature pranks and comic diatribes.

John Safran vs God – Episode 2 2004

Nothing is sacred in John Safran’s comedy-documentary series about religion.

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Kaboodle – Series 1 Episode 1 1987

An anthology of stories for children aged 5-12 years old produced by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation in the late 1980s.

Kath and Kim – Money 2002

Kath’s 'look at moi’ is the show’s most famous catchphrase and the vernacular of the 'foxy ladies’ has become a recognisable fixture in popular culture.

Kindergarten Playtime 1959

In 1959, two years after the Soviet Union’s Sputnik satellite is launched, Australia’s first pre-school television show tackles space travel.

Kingswood Country – There’s No Place Like Rome 1980

A sitcom that lampoons suburban Australian culture, while being equally fascinated with it.

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Landline - Ethanol Special 2006 2006

Alarmed by a 2003 media scare campaign, Australians have been left behind by Brazil and the US with regard to developing non-fossil fuels.

The Land That Waited 1963

This remarkable documentary tells the early history of colonial Australia through etchings, paintings and drawings produced by the first colonists.

The Leaving of Liverpool 1992

Lily and Bert are transported from an orphanage in England to Australia, where their childhoods are stolen from them in so-called 'centres of care’.

Legacy of the Silver Shadow – The Feral Element 2002

1950s superhero the Silver Shadow and his archenemy The Crab are revealed to four kids who carry on the struggle between good and evil.

The Legend of Damien Parer 1964

The life of the legendary Australian combat cameraman Damien Parer, through the eyes of those who knew him and through footage shot before his death in action in 1944.

Let the Blood Run Free – Episode 2 1990

When it first screened in 1990, this was one of the earliest examples of interactive television, allowing viewers to phone in and vote on what would happen next.

The Librarians – Series 1 Episode 1 2007

This situation comedy series is set in a fictitious ‘Interactive Learning Centre’, known more prosaically as the local library.

The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser 2004

A portrait of Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983.

Lift Off – A Load of Old Rubbish 1992

EC has minimal facial features and doesn’t talk, communicating through gesture and movement. Children warm immediately to this doll and what it represents.

Lift Off – That’s Not Fair – Part A 1992

Mixes live action, animation, puppetry and fantasy to challenge, intrigue and encourage children to think for themselves.

Lift Off – That’s Not Fair – Part B 1992

Spruikers from the ‘Bonza’ cereal advertisement come out of the TV set to persuade Poss and Kim that buying Bonza will make all their dreams come true.

Li’l Elvis and the Truckstoppers – Caught in a Trap 1997

Li’l Elvis wants to be a normal kid, not an Elivis impersonator, but his mother is aghast, 'What about your fans, what about the bank, what about the king!’

Lockie Leonard – The Human Torpedo 2006

Based on Tim Winton’s novels, this series follows ‘surf rat’ Lockie Leonard who is starting high school in a new town on the WA coast.

Love My Way – What’s in a Name 2004

The understatement accompanying several key dramatic scenes stands out; they are treated with a wry humour that doesn’t lose sight of the emotion involved for the characters.

Lucinda Brayford 1980

Wendy Hughes, Sam Neill, Carol Burns and Barry Quin feature in the saga of an Australian heiress who marries into British aristocracy.

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Mabo: An Address to the Nation 1993

In a televised address to the nation, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating outlines the government’s response to the High Court Mabo decision on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights.

The Magic Boomerang – The Discovery 1965

Tom uses a magic boomerang to find treasure, foil his greedy cousin’s plans and save the family farm.

Mail Order Bride 1984

A hard-hitting drama about racism, sexism and xenophobia in a small country town.

Masterpiece Special – Judy Davis 1996

My Brilliant Career may have been a successful start to a career, but for Judy Davis it is an unhappy memory of an early experience working in film.

Masterpiece Special – Melvyn Bragg 1996

Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show is the longest-running arts TV show in the English-speaking world.

Masterpiece Special – Robert Hughes 1997

Art critic and writer Robert Hughes describes self-doubt as part of the creative process, for critics as well as artists and writers.

Masterpiece Special – Robyn Davidson 1996

Masterpiece specials rely on the strength of the interviews, which can hold an audience especially if the interviewer is someone of the calibre of Andrea Stretton.

Masterpiece Special – Salman Rushdie 1996

Andrea Stretton interviews Salman Rushdie, whose latest book has been written under the threat of a death sentence.

Masterpiece Special – Wole Soyinka 1997

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka talks about his early life in Nigeria. He now lives in exile and misses the smells, sounds and textures of his native land.

Matlock Police – Episode 1, Twenty-six Hours 1971

From an opening sequence strongly reminiscent of Easy Rider (1969) to a rollicking country car chase at its climax, this is a bumper first episode.

The Mavis Bramston Show – Series 1 Episode 1 1964

A weekly variety show featuring topical satire, sketches and songs.

The Mavis Bramston Show – Series 2 Episode 1 1965

Although Mavis Bramston’s topical satire is no longer current, it is still sharp.

McLeod’s Daughters 1996

The McLeod’s Daughters telemovie about independent women running a rural Australian property inspired the later successful TV series.

McLeod’s Daughters – Welcome Home 2001

Self-reliant women working the land, romantic rural vistas and horseriding and farming montages make up the signature style of McLeod’s Daughters.

MDA – Second Chance 2005

Medical Defence Australia provide insurance and legal representation to doctors. This self-contained mini-series is from the third series of MDA.

Media Watch – Series 11 Episode 18 1999

A weekly program that exposes the tricks journalists use. Every journalist loves the show until they are featured on it.

Media Watch – Series 9 Episode 1 1997

In this vintage Media Watch Story, presenter Stuart Littlemore thoroughly enjoys demolishing a couple of journalists from the Seven Network.

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