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Shark Vs Croc 2004

Former shark hunter and Australian spearfishing champion Ben Cropp compares predators.

The Shiralee 1987

This miniseries was made during the golden decade of television drama. Its magic lies in the chemistry of Bryan Brown and Rebecca Smart.

Short Cuts – Wheels on Fire 2001

Set in a year 9 media studies class, Short Cuts is about teenagers making films and exploring how the camera can be used to communicate, but also to manipulate and lie.

The Silver Brumby – Friends of the High Country 1996

This episode features a rich drama of ancient rivalries, a brewing leadership struggle between two strong males, budding star-crossed lovers and treacherous spies.

Skippy Adventures in Bushtown – Trouble in Bushtown 1997

The creative look of this 2D animation is signature Yoram Gross with flat, bright, clean-lined characters laid over muted pencil-drawn backgrounds.

Skippy – Be Our Guest 1968

Clancy wants to make a good impression on her visiting mother. Instead, she gets lost in the bush where she is rescued by a group of Aboriginal men (played by visiting members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala, Arnhem Land).

Skippy – Long Way Home 1968

Dastardly Dr Stark kidnaps ‘no ordinary kangaroo’ Skippy for his own private zoo, but Skippy has other plans.

Sky Trackers – Is There Life On Earth? 1994

Shane is not a textbook hero, and while Nikki’s attraction to him because of his scientific brain seems a little improbable, this situation certainly challenges the stereotype.

Snobs – Episode 8 2003

This is a typical example of a Snobs self-contained episode as Abby and Marian and the oh-so-clever dog, Snobs, get mixed up in yet another escapade.

Staines Down Drains – Once More Unto the Drains 2005

In a typical Yoram Gross touch, environmental messages are constantly reinforced through the stories – here, the consequences of allowing toxic waste into the drains.

Stateline – The Transcontinental Dream 2004

The spine of the story is Mark Bowling’s journey from Adelaide to Darwin on the historic Ghan, but what makes the story special are moments from the history of the region.

Stingers – Ratcatcher 1998

The first episode of Stingers wastes no time setting up its premise, diving straight into the action, allowing us to get to know the characters as the crime story unfolds.

The Stranger – Series 1 Episode 1 1964

A stranger with an accent, amnesia and seemingly no heartbeat arrives at the home of the Walsh family in Australia’s first science–fiction series.

The Sullivans – On the Brink of War 1976

The first four episodes of the long-running hit series cover the period leading up to the declaration of the Second World War in Australia on 3 September 1939.

Summer Heights High – Episode 5 2007

Summer Heights High walks an interesting tightrope between observation and comedy, often seeming quite real and quite ridiculous at the same time.

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Tabaluga – The Last One of His Kind 1997

With an eclectic mix of animals and accents from around the world, Tabaluga is a very international looking and sounding series.

This Day Tonight – The Last Program 1978

It is fascinating to hear the man who dismissed an elected Australian federal government in 1975 say that he would do it again.

Thunderstone – Episode Three 1999

This episode showcases the fabulous production design and high production values that are the feature of this quality children’s series.

Torque – Series 1, Episode 8 1974

Peter Wherrett, a former racing car driver and motoring journalist, praises or blames car manufacturers without fear or favour.

Torque – Series 4, Episode 10 1980

Peter Wherrett is great talent. He knows cars and can warn of the dangers of the road without sounding preachy.

Touch the Sun – Captain Johnno 1988

Captain Johnno is a significant Australian children’s film which won the 1988 International Emmy Award for Children and Young People’s Programming.

Touch the Sun – Devil’s Hill c1988

With his gap-toothed smile and great integrity, Badge is the delightful hero of this adventure story based on the classic Australian children’s novel.

Touch the Sun – Peter & Pompey 1988

This lovely film has a delightful ocker Aussie feel, and is a quirky, fantastic yarn filled with mystery, greed, loyalty, betrayal, ancient curses and Roman history.

Touch the Sun – Princess Kate c1988

This is a story of insecurity, snobbery, fear, love and hope as this young girl takes herself and two families on an emotionally painful journey to find out who she really is.

Touch the Sun – The Gift c1988

This film offers a glimpse into the lives of a Greek-Australian family as they struggle with cultural differences, materialism, environmental issues and family relationships.

Touch the Sun – Top Enders 1988

This lovely production captures the exotic frontier feel of Darwin, as it explores human survival and the challenges and rewards of family relationships and friendship.

A Town Like Alice 1980

This mini-series, based on the novel by Nevil Shute, tells an epic love story that begins in Malaya during the Japanese occupation of 1941–45.

A Town To Be Drowned 1958

This ABC program was one of the first homemade documentaries on a contemporary local subject to be seen on Australian television, and previously thought to have been lost.

Tracey McBean - Episode 6, Series One, Multiplication 2001

In this story, Tracey McBean is at her creative best, building a people-multiplying machine in her backyard caravan. Of course it doesn’t go to plan.

The Trouble With Medicine: Conceiving the Future 1993

This is a thought-provoking program about advances in medicine, which we leave in the hands of doctors at our peril.

Two Tribes 1998

It’s a tribute to the trust that the directors built with the kids and bankers alike that we get to share some very moving and quite intimate scenes.

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Underbelly – Series 1 2008

This 13-part crime drama is based on real events in Melbourne from 1994–2004. Dealing with gang warfare-related murders, it was controversial even before it was completed.

The Upside Down Show – Art Museum 2006

A show for preschoolers using the talents of stand-up comedians the Umbilical Brothers.

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Vietnam 1988

This classic mini-series tells the epic story of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War through the history of a middle class family and features an award-winning performance from a young Nicole Kidman.

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Wambidgee 1962

An early children’s animated puppet series about the adventures of a young Aboriginal boy living in the bush.

Wandjina! – Episode 5 1966

Strange events occur when people search for two boys missing in the bush.

Waterfront – Episode 1 1984

Wharfies involved in a worker’s dispute and Italian refugees desperate to work during the Depression clash with tragic consequences.

Waterfront – Episode 2 1984

The series tells of the determination to stand up for what is right in a world that is rapidly slipping into a showdown between the extremes of fascism and communism.

Water Rats – Dead in the Water 1996

This feature-length pilot packs in more action, location shoots and story strands than a standard episode of Water Rats.

Water Rats – Goes With the Territory 1999

This episode marks the introduction of Steve Bisley’s character to the long-running crime drama. Of note is the economy with which this major change in cast is addressed.

We Can Be Heroes – Episode 3 2005

Chris Lilley’s mockumentary follows five very different nominees for the Australian of the Year award in the lead-up to the event.

Weekend Magazine – Carnarvon Gorge and the Fighting Highlanders 1982

Weekend Magazine was one of the first programs on television to teach people about the environment and how it should be cherished and protected.

What’s Your Poison? – Ecstasy 1997

For young people of an age where drugs and alcohol are likely to be on offer, this is a no-nonsense examination of the pros and cons of taking ecstasy.

Wheel of Fortune – Series 3 Episode 1 1990

‘Baby’ John Burgess, ably assisted by Guinness World Record-holder Adriana Xenides, hosts the long-running game show.

White Collar Blue – Series 1 Episode 21 2002

White Collar Blue follows the lives and criminal cases of the police at a Sydney beachside police station.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire? – Series 1 Episode 5 1999

Immortalised by feature film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), this is the Australian version of the popular quiz show hosted by Eddie McGuire.

Why It Is So 1973

Professor Julius Sumner Miller amazes and astounds his viewers with ‘light, optics and a brief adventure into modern physics’.

Wicked Science – Episode 1, The Gift 2003

The spectacular dinosaur scenes and the transformation from nerd to villainous ice queen make this a not-to-be-missed episode.

Wildside – Series 1 Episode 1 1997

The raw style of Wildside is characterised by intense, semi-improvised performances, observational camerawork and sometimes frenetic editing.

Winners – Just Friends 1985

Just Friends reveals the hard asks of a young teenager – trying to fit in, standing up for yourself and resisting peer pressure to do things you’re not comfortable with.

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