Melodrama thrives in the lives of the residents of a Sydney apartment block in the swinging seventies.
Ocean Girl is a beautiful alien that can swim at extraordinary speed and telepathically communicate with a humpback whale called Charley.
One People Sing Freedom documents the largest gathering of Indigenous people since 1788, a protest march against the Bicentennial celebrations of 26 January 1988.
A comedy-drama for children set in an animal clinic in rural Australia.
Palace of Dreams 1985
In this acclaimed drama series, an aspiring writer arrives in Sydney from the country during the turbulent and desperate times of the Great Depression.
Patrol Boat is a television drama about the crew of a navy patrol boat, whose job it is to guard Australia’s coastal waters.
Bill Peach was a household name in Australia at the time he gave up being the presenter of This Day Tonight to return to his first love, travel journalism.
Peach’s meanders around the country he’s describing, offering tantalising snippets of history, spiced with art history and Aboriginal Dreaming stories.
Bill Peach loves Australian history and tells us explorers’ stories by using their words, cleverly recreated from diaries and notebooks, and journeying through the same arid interior.
There’s a strong sense that each of these men is very much of his time, imbued with a duty to expand knowledge and a ruthless craving for fame and fortune.
The story is entertainingly told with a clever use of dramatic re-creations. The various techniques work to bring history alive.
This Bill Peach series uses recreations, diary entries and letters, among other devices, to tell the story of Australia’s colonial exploration in visually interesting ways.
This series exploits a range of first-hand sources for its vibrant retelling of the history, while Bill Peach appears from time to time to explain and analyse.
This series is a lively way to learn about history, skilfully blending actors, re-creations, paintings, songs and newspaper headlines to bring the era alive.
This Bill Peach documentary is full of events, larger-than-life characters and all the madness and colour of this most extraordinary chapter in Australia’s history.
The Pearl Fishers 1963
This black-and-white television production of the opera was one of the earliest performances ever broadcast on the ABC and one of the most elaborate.
Petals is an animated series for preschool children which revolves around the adventures of five tiny flower ‘petals’ who live at the bottom of an overgrown garden.
Seminal procedural police drama, loosely based on the bombing of Victoria’s Russell Street Police Station in 1986.
An episode of the classic quiz show featuring celebrity contestant Barry Jones, who later became a state and federal member of parliament.
An episode of the iconic pre-school program Play School from 1984, featuring presenters Noni Hazlehurst and John Hamblin.
Justine Clarke and Rhys Muldoon sing, march, make ‘surprise’ hats for each other, read a book and play games as they explore the weekly theme of ‘opposites’.
An early episode of iconic pre-school program Play School featuring presenters Don Spencer, Anne Haddy and Ruth Cracknell.
The Plumber 1979
Jill’s discomfort increases as the uninvited plumber destroys the bathroom, but neither her husband nor her friend Meg will take her seriously.
This simple, talking heads interview is most informative and a delight to watch. It is a must-see for students of Judith Wright’s work and fellow poets.
Police Rescue was an immensely popular series during the 1990s, starting as a telemovie then spawning a weekly series for five years and even a feature film.
The writing is strong, leaving us with a sense of the great camaraderie that allows these police officers to continue to do their job in difficult circumstances.
Police State 1989
The script for this docudrama-style telemovie was developed using the transcripts from the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Queensland Police corruption.
Poor Man’s Orange 1987
Harp in the South was so admired by Network Ten’s then head of drama, Valerie Hardy, that she immediately commissioned this second series.
When Dr Coombs saw the unnecessary cruelty of the Great Depression and its terrible impact on ordinary people, he decided to dedicate his life to economics.
The insightful scripts capture teenager angst in a comic and recognisable way; fashions might change but relationships between teenagers and parents don’t.
Raggs - Episode 32 2005
Raggs is a bright, bouncy series with lots of colour, music and movement to appeal to its target preschooler audience.
A series revolving around community youth radio station 99.9 Raw FM and the young people who run it.
Reg Grundy’s television debut in 1959 was also his first game show.
Ride On Stranger 1979
Bookworm Shannon Jones heads for the Harbour City to learn about life, love and politics in the 1930s.
Robbery Under Arms 1985
Before this 1985 version there had been five attempts to tell this story, the best known being the Australian–British feature film of 1957 starring Peter Finch as Captain Starlight.
Hosted by Julia Zemiro, a no frills pub-style cult music trivia night broadcast on SBS.
This first episode gives a real taste for the eclectic range of themes and elements which combine to create the Round The Twist magic.
This is a clever and funny episode, based on a simple ‘What if…’ premise. There is loads of silly slapstick, and a spectacular dose of yuck at the end.
This episode is quite different from many others in the Round the Twist series. While it still has lots of humour, it is a rather more serious, romantic and sad story.
The second series introduced new actors in many key roles but the change of cast didn’t have any impact on the popularity of Round the Twist.
Rusty Bugles 1980
Based on a banned 1948 stage play, this telemovie follows a group of soldiers posted to a remote base in the Northern Territory during the Second World War.
Carole, Stevie and newcomer Lisa ride their way to true friendship in The Saddle Club.
Host Tony Barber invites contestants to compete for prizes by answering general knowledge questions.
Scales of Justice 1983
The quasi-documentary style of this series adds a gritty reality to the typical car patrol of a police crew on any evening shift around Sydney streets.
A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.
Adventure-driven navy drama revolving around the crew of a patrol boat and set in the waters of northern Australia.
This final episode of the first season makes reference to the desirable 'trifecta’ of partner, job and home first raised in episode one but adds an unspoken fourth element – friendship.
This show invites us to identify with behaviour we would not normally condone. All of the characters in this episode manifest the sin of envy.
This one-off television play is terrific. The script is taut with great dialogue and the performances from Colin Friels and Elizabeth Alexander are stunning.
This is a delightful and faithful adaptation of Ethel Turner’s iconic Australian story, Seven Little Australians, into a charming television series.