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Billy and Percy 1974

Based on the diaries of Percy Deane, private secretary of Prime Minister WM Hughes during the conscription debates of the First World War.

Black Beauty 1978

Poignantly told from the horse’s point of view, this 1978 animated film from the classic novel tells of the heartbreaking consequences of unrestricted exploitation of animals.

Blackout – Malangi: A Day in the Life of a Bark Painter 1991

A portrait of the internationally acclaimed Arnhem Land artist David Malangi, highly regarded in both Yolngu and western cultural traditions.

The Blainey View – Footprints 1982

Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia’s foremost and most controversial historians, later coined the term 'black armband view of history’.

Blinky Bill’s Fire Brigade 1992

Blinky Bill is an iconic Australian character much loved by generations of children, through the books and more recently through these television series.

Blue Heelers – A Woman’s Place 1993

This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.

Blue Water High – Winners and Losers 2005

Blue Water High successfully combines the dramatic school-based Heartbreak High with the beach setting of Home and Away.

Bodyline 1984

This mini-series recreates the 1932-33 cricket test series that threatened ties between Australia and England and changed cricket forever.

Bondi Rescue – Series 1, Episode 4 2006

Bondi Rescue won the 2008 TV Logie Award for Most Popular Factual Program. The lifeguards find lost children, save people from drowning and deal with drug overdoses.

Bondi Rescue – Series 2, Episode 7 2007

Bondi is the best known beach in Australia with 2.5 million visitors per year. The lifeguards are an elite squad who can’t believe they are paid for doing work they love.

Bookmark – Tim Winton 1995

Tim Winton discusses the film adaptation of his novel, That Eye, the Sky. So long as the adaptation respects the writing, he’s happy.

The Book Show – David Malouf 1988

One of the earliest examples of The Book Show. DJ (Dinny) O’Hearn talks to David Malouf, who had just won the Haskell award for his body of work.

The Book Show – Germaine Greer 1992

Germaine Greer talks to Andrea Stretton about the mixed reactions of feminists to her latest book, The Change: Women, Ageing and the Menopause.

The Book Show – Jim McClelland 1991

Jim McClelland, minister in the Whitlam Government, was a good friend of John Kerr until 1975 when Kerr dismissed the Labor Government. They never spoke again.

The Book Show – Peter Carey 1992

Peter Carey had already won the Booker prize for Oscar and Lucinda when Andrea Stretton interviewed him about his latest book, The Tax Inspector.

Brides of Christ 1991

Brides of Christ take a vow to forsake the secular world and live according to God’s will. An Australian television landmark, recapturing the great changes of the ’60s.

Butterfly Island – Series 1 Episode 1 1985

A young Vietnamese refugee on the run complicates the Wilson family’s attempts to save idyllic Butterfly Island from a crooked resort developer.

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Catalyst – Genius of Junk 2003

A compelling story of science that presents one of the most important moral questions of our time – should scientists be able to lock up research for personal gain?

Catalyst – Nature, Nurture 2003

Reporter Dr Jonica Newby bravely puts herself forward to discover whether she has a predisposition to depression.

Catalyst – Planet of the Rings 2005

One of the greatest exploration feats of all time – the Cassini mission to Saturn, followed by the release of the Huygens probe into Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

Catalyst – Teen Brain 2005

Sixteen-year-old Cuinn’s clay animation enhances imagery demonstrating brain research which explains why teenagers are often impulsive risk-takers.

Catalyst – The Antarctic Peninsula 2006

ABC science reporter Dr Paul Willis tells a little-known scientific story about fossils found in Antarctica that prove it was once a huge forest and that Antarctica was once joined to Australia and South America.

Catalyst – Wollemi Pine 2005

The discovery of a tree from the Jurassic period in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 1994 was like finding a family of dinosaurs alive and well.

Central Australia: The Eighth Wonder 1989

Bushie explorer Ted Egan tours places of wonder in Central Australia.

Certain Women – Episode 166 1976

The final episode of this long-running serial about a family of strong-minded women who take on a changing world in the 1970s.

Chandon Pictures – Champion Charles 2007

Chandon Pictures is a comedy that takes an uneasy look at the notion of 'chasing your dream’.

The Chaser’s War on Everything – APEC Episodes 2007

The Chaser’s APEC episodes underscore the power of the unexpected in this type of comedy and the legal juggling act involved in bringing it to air on a weekly basis.

The Chaser’s War on Everything – Series 1 Episode 1 2006

This is the first episode of the satirical variety program, containing comic pranks, commentary and send-ups responding to topical issues and more general subjects.

Chequerboard – It’s A Big Day In Any Girl’s Life 1973

A 1970s country society wedding is contrasted with the union of two people living in the city who met on their way to work in a local shoe factory.

Chequerboard – It’s Amazing What You Can Do With a Pound of Mince 1969

The series brought to light the lives of individuals and families who had missed out on the benefits of Australia’s growing affluence in the 1960s.

Chequerboard – My Brown Skin Baby, They Take ‘im Away 1970

This powerful film documents the impact of the government’s policy of removing light-skinned children from their Aboriginal mothers to be raised in Christian missions.

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 3: I Reckon I’m an Average Australian 2000

Kevin and Margaret, filmed three times over a 30-year period, show how attitudes towards marriage have changed in Australia between the 1960s and 2000.

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 5: You Can’t Have A Child That’s Ugly 2000

In 1969, Chequerboard made a program about child performers. Thirty-one years later, Max and Grant agreed to be filmed for Chequerboard Revisited.

Chequerboard Revisited – Episode 6: That One Piece of Paper 2000

In 2000 Pat and Ken have turned out very differently from their promise in the 1972 program in which the two boys, from Liverpool Boys’ High School, were featured.

Chequerboard – Too Much For Molony 1969

Chequerboard introduces a 'fly-on-the-wall’ observational style. A Catholic priest leaves his order to live with one of his young parishioners.

Choir of Hard Knocks – Episode 3 2007

A group of homeless and otherwise struggling people join the Choir of Hard Knocks and allow their experience to be recorded.

The Circuit – It’s a Long Way Home 2007

A fresh look at the interaction between the court system and Aboriginal people living in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia.

CNNNN: Chaser Non-stop News Network – Lunchgate 2002

Finely tuned satire that gives sensationalist reportage a caning.

The Colony 2005

In this 'living history’ series, participants chosen to match the social fabric of the time as convicts, free settlers and Indigenous Australians relive the birth of the Australian colony.

The Comedy Company – Series 1 Episode 11 1988

The Comedy Company, with its array of familiar, daggy suburban characters, was a popular sensation.

Come In Spinner 1989

Lisa Harrow, Kerry Armstrong and Rebecca Gibney feature in the story of three very different women in wartime.The series won a slew of AFI awards.

Compass – Broken Open 2005

Craig Hamilton suffered a very public nervous breakdown as he was travelling by train to take up the position of sporting commentator with the Sydney Olympics.

Compass – Buddha Realms, Part 1 2001

An exploration of Buddhism and why it still has relevance to the world of the 21st Century.

Compass – Changi Days, POW Poets 2003

Jim Connor was a POW who survived the Second World War but wondered whether he could survive the peace.

Compass – Embracing the Enemy 2005

Turkish immigrants in the 1970s found they were forbidden to march with the Australians on Anzac Day.

Compass – Fly on the Wall Messiah 2004

Every year, 700 amateur singers come together to perform Handel’s Messiah at the Sydney Town Hall. It’s a Christmas tradition. They have nine rehearsals only and getting ready for the big night is a nail-biting experience.

Compass – Gallipoli Pilgrimage 2006

In this moving Compass documentary about the Anzac spirit, each of the pilgrims reveals yet another reason why Anzac Cove is a sacred site for some Australians.

Compass – Islam on Parade 2005

Waleed and Susan are very much the ideal Aussie couple. They’re also devout Muslims; Waleed was born to the faith while Susan is a convert.

Compass – Paws For Thought 2000

Traditional Christianity taught that humans are superior to animals. Science is rapidly changing that perception. Why is non-human life important?

Compass – Pregnant Pause 2006

Four women talk about their unwanted pregnancies in the ’50s, an era before abortion was readily available. Each went on to fight for other women’s right to choose.

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