Australian Story Season 16
S16 E01Feb 7, 2011
The Man On The Mantelpiece Feb 7, 2011 Maggie MacKellar was a city dweller who seemed to have it all – a successful academic career, a devoted husband, a young daughter and another baby on the way.
S16 E02Feb 14, 2011
On Your Bike Feb 14, 2011 When Doug Sunderland succumbed to the blues after losing his wife and being diagnosed with cancer, his GP told him to 'get back on his bike'.He did... and it 'saved his life', so much so, that he decided to ride around Australia solo, surviving on tinned food and sleeping by the road.
S16 E03Feb 21, 2011
The Third Act Feb 21, 2011 For the last 48 years Jacki Weaver has been one of Australia's best loved actors. Now 63, she has achieved a stunning career high by being chosen as one of the Best Supporting Actress nominees for this year's Oscars.
S16 E04Feb 28, 2011
Dogs Of War Feb 28, 2011 Wildlife photographer Jennifer Parkhurst's passion for dingos set her at odds with park rangers - and brought her to the brink of disaster...
S16 E05Mar 7, 2011
Take No Prisoners Mar 7, 2011 On the eve of his retirement from public office, the nation's longest serving Director of Public Prosecutions, Nicholas Cowdery, reflects exclusively on his sixteen years in the top job.
S16 E06Mar 14, 2011
Girl Most Likely Mar 14, 2011 Jade Hopper is a young woman on the cusp of the toughest decision of her life - to pursue her dream of becoming a world no. 1 tennis player or to court success from her law studies.
S16 E07Mar 21, 2011
The Terminator Mar 21, 2011 Two years ago, former Navy clearance diver Paul de Gelder was testing new sonar equipment in Sydney Harbour when he was attacked by a shark and pulled from the water, barely alive.
S16 E08Mar 28, 2011
Across The Night Sky Mar 28, 2011 Last year a Victorian court sentenced Robert Farquharson to a minimum 33 years jail for deliberately driving his three sons to their death in a dam on Father's Day.
S16 E09Apr 4, 2011
Mr Quigley's Quandary (Part 1) Apr 4, 2011 Part 1 of the program about lawyer and politician John Quigley whose three decades in the public spotlight have drawn controversy, enmity and notoriety.
S16 E10Apr 11, 2011
Mr Quigley's Quandary (Part 2) Apr 11, 2011 The conclusion to our story on Western Australian lawyer and politician John Quigley.
S16 E11Apr 18, 2011
Under Her Wing Apr 18, 2011 Eight years ago Elizabeth Clayton was living in Fiji when she rescued a young man known as the 'chicken boy'. His name was Sujit and he'd been kept in a hen house as a child and then tied up for 22 years in an old people's home.
S16 E12Apr 25, 2011
In The Jet Stream Apr 25, 2011 Band manager David Powell took the Melbourne rock band JET from obscurity to ARIA triumph and then onto the international stage. But fate was less kind to David – today he is lucky to be alive to tell his story.
S16 E13May 2, 2011
Shattered May 2, 2011 On 22 July 2007, Peter Hodgkins threw a rock at a car from an overpass at Kiama, NSW, smashing the skull of beauty therapist Nicole Timbs and changing both their lives forever.
S16 E14May 9, 2011
15th Anniversary Special (Part 1) May 9, 2011 Part 1 of our celebration of 15 years of Australian Story featuring Ric Birch, Gina Rinehart, John Button and Estelle Blackburn, Pauline Hanson, Sam and Jenny Bailey, Nick Ross and Allan Fels.
S16 E15May 16, 2011
15th Anniversary Special (Part 2) May 16, 2011 The conclusion to our celebration of 15 years of Australian Story featuring Gayle Shann, Chris Sarra, Beth Heinrich, Greg Combet, Belinda Emmett, Bob Irwin, Gemma Sisia and Michael Ware.
S16 E16May 23, 2011
Hearts Of Gold May 23, 2011 Brian Sherman rose to great wealth and success as a businessman. His son Emile is a co-producer of 'The King's Speech', winner of this year's best picture Oscar. But what really unites the family is their overwhelming passion for animal welfare.
S16 E17May 30, 2011
Mind Of His Own May 30, 2011 Charlie Teo is a Sydney neurosurgeon, loved by patients but unpopular with some in the medical establishment. He is credited with prolonging the lives of many people with tumours that were considered inoperable.
S16 E18Jun 6, 2011
The Girl From Boryslaw Jun 6, 2011 Sabina Wolanski was left alone in the world at 17 when her family were killed in the Holocaust. In 2005 she addressed a gathering of state dignitaries in Berlin, received a standing ovation and reduced journalists to tears.
S16 E19Jun 13, 2011
Conviction (Part 1) Jun 13, 2011 For three and a half years, Newcastle pathologist Dr Simon Palfreeman has been shuttling between Australia and Bulgaria negotiating that country's complex and controversial justice system to try to help his 24 year old son.
S16 E20Jun 20, 2011
Conviction (Part 2) Jun 20, 2011 The conclusion of our story on Dr Simon Palfreeman, the Newcastle pathologist on a mission to help his son who's serving twenty years in a Bulgarian jail.
S16 E21Jun 27, 2011
Love and Other Drugs Jun 27, 2011 When Sally Nielsen's fiance Sam Goddard suffered a catastrophic stroke, she ignored the advice of some of those closest to her and stuck by him. Now her efforts have produced an amazing medical breakthrough.
S16 E22Jul 4, 2011
Desperate Remedies (Part 1) Jul 4, 2011 Penelope Dingle was a former model and actor married to TV science guru Peter Dingle. At the age of 43 she was diagnosed with a common cancer regarded as highly curable if it’s caught early...
S16 E23Jul 11, 2011
Desperate Remedies (Part 2) Jul 11, 2011 The conclusion to the story of Penelope Dingle whose untimely death had shattering and unexpected repercussions for those closest to her.
S16 E24Jul 18, 2011
City of Angels Jul 18, 2011 Alisa Latto was born with a life threatening genetic condition – one shared by her two siblings and her mother, Rosemary... This story follows her difficult journey to motherhood.
S16 E25Jul 25, 2011
Trust Me Mr Chandler Jul 25, 2011 International banker Sascha Chandler had a secret he'd been harbouring since childhood. Two years ago he decided to deal with his demons and joined forces with a dogged NSW detective to bring to justice one of the country's most elusive and dangerous predators.
S16 E26Aug 1, 2011
A Measure of Courage Aug 1, 2011 Captain Hec Waller and Ordinary Seaman Teddy Sheean both saw service during the darkest days of the Japanese advance towards Australia during World War II. Despite their heroism neither was ever nominated for the Forces' highest accolade, the Victoria Cross.
S16 E27Aug 8, 2011
A Plague On All Their Houses Aug 8, 2011 An encore edition of our bittersweet story of Queensland vet Ben Cunneen and his co-worker, Natalie Beohm who were exposed to the Hendra horse virus with devastating consequences.
S16 E28Aug 15, 2011
Ita Tells Me So (Part 1) Aug 15, 2011 Ita Buttrose and those closest to her go on the record with their recollections of a trail blazing career and a momentous period in Australia's social history in Part One of a candid, moving, and surprising double episode.
S16 E29Aug 22, 2011
Ita Tells Me So (Part 2) Aug 22, 2011 In Part Two Ita Buttrose talks candidly about men, dating, loneliness, family, media ethics and grabbing life by the throat, at any age.
S16 E30Aug 29, 2011
The Trials of Jonty Bush Aug 29, 2011 In the space of a few years Jonty Bush lost two of her closest family members in separate and unrelated crimes. Instead of succumbing to grief and anger, she took up the challenge to change the world and in the process changed herself...
S16 E31Sep 5, 2011
Paint the Town Black Sep 5, 2011 Not since the mighty Phar Lap has a horse captured the public imagination like Black Caviar. She remains unbeaten after thirteen runs and has been declared the best racehorse in the world.
S16 E32Sep 12, 2011
Brand New Day Sep 12, 2011 Three years ago Gavin Larkin used his marketing nous and high profile contacts to create a national day of awareness called R U OK? Day. But not long after the launch, the super fit indomitable Gavin was anything but okay...
S16 E33Sep 19, 2011
The Courage of Her Convictions Sep 19, 2011 When Catherine Smith was found not guilty of attempting to murder her own husband it was a turning point in one of the most extraordinary cases in Australian criminal history.
S16 E34Sep 26, 2011
Scared Straight Sep 26, 2011 TV Drama legend Sue Masters teamed up with 'Bra Boys' Maccario de Souza and his friends Mark Matthews and Richie Vas to work on a big screen documentary about big wave surfing, alcohol fuelled violence and the sequence of events that finally frightened the young men into cleaning up their lives.
S16 E35Oct 3, 2011
For the Holy Grail Oct 3, 2011 A repeat of the program about Australian scientists Dr Jennifer MacDiarmid and Dr Himanshu Brahmbhatt and one of medicine's holy grails finding a way to treat cancer without toxic side effects and avoiding drug resistance.
S16 E36Oct 10, 2011
Under Her Spell Oct 10, 2011 Zelie Bullen is stepping into the international spotlight as the woman who trained 'Abraham', the lead horse in Spielberg's production of the Tony award winning play 'War Horse'.
S16 E37Oct 17, 2011
Bad Blood (Part 1) Oct 17, 2011 Part one of the program that centres on the notorious case of Jeffrey Gilham, in jail for life for the murders of his own parents.
S16 E38Oct 24, 2011
Bad Blood (Part 2) Oct 24, 2011 The conclusion to the program about the notorious case of Jeffrey Gilham, currently serving a life sentence for the murders of his own parents in Sydney nearly twenty years ago.
S16 E39Oct 31, 2011
Something About Me Oct 31, 2011 Kristina Keneally made history by becoming the first female Premier of NSW. What few realise is the family experience that she says led her into politics and toughened her for the brutal crossfire of public life.
S16 E40Nov 7, 2011
The Planet They're On Nov 7, 2011 Nazeem Hussain and Aamer Rahman have become two of the hottest young comedians on the Australian comedy scene.
S16 E41Nov 14, 2011
When William Met Sarah Nov 14, 2011 Film critic Margaret Pomeranz introduces this encore edition on the very special personal and professional bond shared by filmmaker Sarah Watt and her husband actor and writer William McInnes.