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Season 2013, Episode 00 Whitlam: The Power And The Passion - Part 1

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May 25, 2013
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Whitlam: The Power And The Passion - Part 1 May 25, 2013 An extraordinary story of the hard-fought rise and dramatic fall of a visionary Australian prime minister during one of the country's most turbulent eras. With its scandals and political deaths, dizzying highs and terrible lows, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's rise and fall reads like Shakespeare. Heroic to some, flawed to others, his changes still echo today.

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Season 2013, Episode 00 The Truth about Child Brides

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Dec 13, 2012
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The Truth about Child Brides Dec 13, 2012 I'm no stranger to child marriages. My auntie got married at 15. My granny was married at 12 - and went on to have eight kids. But that was back in Afghanistan, where my family come from. I've grown up in England since the age of six and I have different ideas about when you should get married. I'm 23 and I'm not planning the big day just yet! And although child marriage is illegal in many countries, it happens all over the world. One in seven girls gets married before the age of 15 in the developing world. Can it really be so bad for all of them, or is it just our Western perspective that makes it seem so shocking? That's what I wanted to find out. I set off for two countries with some of the highest rates of child marriage in the world - India and Bangladesh. It was a grueling trip through some of the poorest parts of south Asia - from the slums of Dhaka to remote villages in the deserts of Rajasthan. I found stories of despair, hope, and defiance. And the people I met completely changed my views about child marriage in a way I wasn't expecting.

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Season 2013, Episode 00 Whitlam: The Power And The Passion - Part 2

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Jun 1, 2013
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Whitlam: The Power And The Passion - Part 2 Jun 1, 2013 An extraordinary story of the hard-fought rise and dramatic fall of a visionary Australian prime minister during one of the country's most turbulent eras. With its scandals and political deaths, dizzying highs and terrible lows, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam's rise and fall reads like Shakespeare. Heroic to some, flawed to others, his changes still echo today.

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Season 2013, Episode 00 Rock n Roll Nerd
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Rock n Roll Nerd

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Ten Bucks a Litre

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Jul 31, 2013
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Ten Bucks a Litre Jul 31, 2013 Dick Smith, self proclaimed single biggest individual fuel user in Australia, goes in search of the energy options that will decide Australia's future. Some of our most serious global worries revolve around energy - controlling it, paying for it, and the consequences of burning it. As both one of the world’s biggest per capita users and exporters of fossil fuels, Australia is sure to be deeply affected by the radical changes coming down the energy pipeline. Self-confessed fuel junkie Dick Smith explores Australia's options as we enter the age of energy disruption.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Fleet Review Spectacular

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Oct 4, 2013
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Fleet Review Spectacular Oct 4, 2013 Stephanie Brantz presents the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Review Spectacular: the most complex, highly choreographed fireworks, projection, lighting and live action show ever seen in Australia. Live from Sydney Harbour.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Great Expectations: Karta The Orang-Utan's Story
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Great Expectations: Karta The Orang-Utan's Story Adelaide Zoo's Karta is an orangutan who doesn't like a lot of attention, but that's what she is getting. She is pregnant. Previously she has lost four babies - will this one survive? What can the zoo do to help?

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Possum Wars

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Dec 14, 2013
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Possum Wars Dec 14, 2013

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Season 2013, Episode 10 In Bob We Trust

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Oct 16, 2013
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In Bob We Trust Oct 16, 2013 Having faithfully served his South Melbourne parish for nearly four decades, the cantankerous, controversial Catholic provocateur affectionately called Father Bob is well known and loved, as much for his incorrigible media savvy and battles with Church hierarchy as for his staunch advocacy on behalf of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised. In Bob We Trust goes behind the scenes with Bob, documenting his everyday trials during one of the most turbulent times in his career: his forced retirement and eviction from the church he called home for 38 years.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Autopsy on a Dream

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Oct 19, 2013
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Autopsy on a Dream Oct 19, 2013 The controversial 1968 BBC documentary on the Sydney Opera House, thought lost for 45 years, reconstructed from newly uncovered elements. Includes a new prologue The Dream Of Perfection to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Opera House.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 ARTHUR PHILLIP: GOVERNOR, SAILOR, SPY
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ARTHUR PHILLIP: GOVERNOR, SAILOR, SPY Arthur Phillip is arguably the most important person in Australia's history. The commander of the First Fleet and the founding Governor of what would grow into Australia, Phillip is - according to prominent historian Jonathan King - this nation's equivalent to George Washington. And yet for such an influential person, so little is widely known about Arthur Phillip.Who was this man, what did he do before the First Fleet and why did he accept the enormous challenge of sailing half way around the globe to found a new colony largely populated by Britain’s cast-offs and criminals? After all, as Phillip biographer Michael Pembroke argues, this mission was like "taking a group of citizens against their will to establish a colony on the moon."Presented by Scott Bevan, ARTHUR PHILLIP: GOVERNOR, SAILOR, SPY is a revealing account of the man who helped lay the foundations for modern Australia.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 The Search for the Oceans Super Predator

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Nov 2, 2013
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The Search for the Oceans Super Predator Nov 2, 2013 Deep within the Southern Ocean the world's biggest and most feared marine predators lead investigators to discover a mysterious and powerful source of life, hidden at the bottom of the sea. In the hidden depths of Australia’s wild Southern Ocean a great white shark, three meters long and packed with nearly a ton of muscle, is savagely attacked one hundred meters below the sea’s surface by a far larger and faster mystery predator. An electronic tracking device attached to the great white records a high-speed underwater chase nearly six hundred meters deep before the shark and its tag are savagely devoured…Two weeks later, after being carried in the belly of the unknown killer, the still functioning tag is excreted and washed ashore, withholding clues that could reveal the identity of the shark’s super predator.For nearly a decade the tag’s extraordinary data has mystified scientists – until now. Dave Riggs, part of the team that tagged the victim shark, and obsessed with identifying its killer, has discovered a natural phenomenon on the seafloor beneath the site of the attack that, for only a few short weeks each year, attracts the ocean’s most fearsome predators. This is the story of how a super predator’s epic underwater attack leads investigators to an aquatic battle zone, never documented before, where killer whales, giant squid and great white sharks each must compete to survive at the top of the world’s most dynamic food chain.http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/search-for-the-oceans-super-predator

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Fix Bayonets: The Battle for Goose Green

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Aug 6, 2013
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Fix Bayonets: The Battle for Goose Green Aug 6, 2013 Fix Bayonets takes two British servicemen on an emotional journey back to the Falkland Islands and to the bloody field of Goose Green - the battlefield where they were locked in mortal combat with their Argentine enemies more than thirty years ago. Veterans Major Phil Neame and Corporal John Geddes return to the islands for the very first time since the Argentine invasion of 1982. How will the two men react as they once again see the places where so many of their comrades fought and died in the brutal battle for liberation?These are gritty, no-holds-barred stories of warfare at the sharp end - extraordinary personal records of the last traditional war of the twentieth century. In the Falklands, the fighting was as it had been throughout military history; up close and personal, where killing a man often meant running him through with a bayonet or dropping a grenade in his lap.This is how it was at Goose Green - a down-and-dirty fight to the death with an enemy that could be seen and touched. Make no mistake - the two remarkable men who guide us through that epic land battle have seen warfare as it really is.These are their stories.

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Season 2013, Episode 10 Clive James: The Kid From Kogarah

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Sep 2, 2013
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Clive James: The Kid From Kogarah Sep 2, 2013 Kerry O'Brien in candid conversation with Clive James. As James faces the biggest challenge of his life - battling two terminal illnesses leukaemia and emphysema. Filmed in 2013 at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

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