Australian Story Season 17
S17 E01Jan 25, 2012
Road to Nowhere (Part 1) Jan 25, 2012 Part 1 of our story on Di Gicrist, the woman taking on the big end of town and changing the face of justice in South Australia after her husband was killed in a hit-and-run cyclist incident.
S17 E02Feb 6, 2012
Road to Nowhere (Part 2) Feb 6, 2012 The conclusion to our story on Di Gilcrist and her fight for justice after her husband was killed in a hit-and-run cyclist incident.
S17 E03Feb 13, 2012
Mary and Me Feb 13, 2012 Kath Evans was diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to her brain and given only weeks to live. She attributes her sudden, extraordinary recovery to the then Blessed Mary MacKillop and the event was accepted by the Vatican as a miracle.
S17 E04Feb 20, 2012
By the Light of Stars Feb 20, 2012 Yaron Lifschitz took a small, troubled circus company and turned it into an artistic triumph that now has the world applauding its daring and glamour.
S17 E05Feb 27, 2012
Half a Million Acres Feb 27, 2012 David Pollock, a young man from remote Western Australia and Frances Jones, a young woman from the Melbourne suburbs, battle to save the historic grazing property Wooleen.
S17 E06Mar 5, 2012
The Book of Daniel Mar 5, 2012 Daniel Clarke at the age of ten, inspired by the late Steve Irwin, set out to raise funds to conserve habitat for orangutans in Indonesia.
S17 E07Mar 12, 2012
Woman from Snowy River Mar 12, 2012 Leigh Woodgate's journey from young mountain girl to shining racing star, through dark days of hospital and recovery to the triumphant joy of riding a horse for early morning track work.
S17 E08Mar 19, 2012
Going Troppo Mar 19, 2012 From teenage years marked by delinquency, expulsions from school and several brushes with the law, John Polson became a successful actor and went on to direct some of the world's best known TV dramas.
S17 E09Mar 26, 2012
House Of Hancock Mar 26, 2012 Another look at the 1997 classic story on Australia's richest person, Gina Rinehart.
S17 E10Apr 2, 2012
A Done Deal Apr 2, 2012 Ric Richardson is an inventor who took on the might of Microsoft and scored a remarkable victory.
S17 E11Apr 9, 2012
Streets with No Names Apr 9, 2012 Scott Neeson built a career as a top Hollywood movie executive but after a holiday in Cambodia, gave it all up and now works to help some of the poorest children there.
S17 E12Apr 16, 2012
The Razor's Edge Apr 16, 2012 Risktaker, investigator and troublemaker: animal advocate Lyn White and the images that shocked a nation.
S17 E13Apr 23, 2012
Return to Wooleen Apr 23, 2012 Since Half a Million Acres aired, the Pollock's battle to save their property has attracted powerful supporters and a visit by natural landscape ecologist, Peter Andrews who has previously featured on Australian Story.
S17 E14Apr 30, 2012
Larger Than Life Apr 30, 2012 Clive Palmer has been described as a generous giver, a national treasure and a major political force. He's also been labelled a billionaire mining magnate who has never mined, a human headline and a manipulator of the media.
S17 E15May 7, 2012
When We Were Racers May 7, 2012 Triple world champion, Sir Jack Brabham became the first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport and the only Formula One driver to win a world title in a car of his own construction.
S17 E16May 14, 2012
According to Her Cloth May 14, 2012 From international model via prison to toast of Australian fashion week as a new generation designer: Tovah Cottle.
S17 E17May 21, 2012
Turning the Tables May 21, 2012 Jack Manning Bancroft, was just 19 when he started a plan to help disadvantaged kids finish school. Now at 26 he's one of Australia's youngest CEO's.
S17 E18May 28, 2012
Walking with Kate Mulvany May 28, 2012 Actress and playwright Kate Mulvany has experienced more than most people do in a lifetime and speaks candidly about life's many challenges and explains how she found the energy and determination to return to the public spotlight.
S17 E19Jun 4, 2012
The Voice Jun 4, 2012 Gurrumul Yunupingu's haunting voice has captivated global audiences, most recently in London for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
S17 E20Jun 11, 2012
To Set Before a Queen Jun 11, 2012 In the early hours of Sunday June 24, the unbeaten Black Caviar will take on Europe's best at Royal Ascot, in front of the Queen. This is the fascinating inside story of the making of Black Caviar, stretching back across the generations.
S17 E21Jun 18, 2012
Her Hour Upon the Stage (Part 1) Jun 18, 2012 Part One of our two part special where friends and family of Diana Bliss tell her story and reveal the extent of the private torment behind the glittering existence.
S17 E22Jun 25, 2012
Her Hour Upon the Stage (Part 2) Jun 25, 2012 This week, the conclusion to our story about Diana Bliss whose death earlier this year was reported around the world.
S17 E23Jul 2, 2012
Letters to the Editor Jul 2, 2012 It's a time of unprecedented crisis in the newspaper industry. But this week's Australian Story is about a former big city journalist who's bucking the trend. James Clark had been living the dream in Paris when he decided to put his future, his relationship and the family sheep station on the line to chase his dream of running a little local newspaper in outback Cunnamulla.
S17 E24Jul 9, 2012
Stranger on the Shore Jul 9, 2012 Next week's program tells the story of a young woman unsettling her middle class Melbourne family by going out on a limb to 'adopt' a fourteen year old Afghan asylum seeker.
S17 E25Jul 16, 2012
Foolin' Around Jul 16, 2012 Popular Country singer Beccy Cole has decided she is ready to tell audiences about a personal dilemma which has dogged her for more than ten years.
S17 E26Jul 23, 2012
It Takes a Village Jul 23, 2012 In 2001 Ian and Sandy Johnson adopted two orphaned children, Tigi and Frazer, from Ethiopia. Now with the children 12 and 15, we returned to find out how it's all worked out.
S17 E27Jul 30, 2012
Her Natural Life Jul 30, 2012 This program documents Annabelle Sandes' unlikely pathway from the fine art auction rooms of inner Sydney to whale conservation in the Kimberley.
S17 E28Aug 6, 2012
Tatiana Is Dancing Aug 6, 2012 Tanya Pearson has shaped the careers of hundreds of aspiring Australian dancers and at 75 continues to teach classical ballet full time.
S17 E29Aug 13, 2012
The Queen of Extreme Aug 13, 2012 Torah Bright has lived in the United States since she was fifteen years old when she turned professional as a snowboarder. Since then, she's flown under the radar of many Australians. Her specialty is the half pipe – a winter Olympic event with a huge international following.
S17 E30Aug 20, 2012
Kicking the Habit Aug 20, 2012 A recent High Court ruling all but ended the branding of cigarette packets in Australia. The decision and the woman behind it, Federal-Attorney General Nicola Roxon, have generated news headlines around the world.
S17 E31Aug 27, 2012
War Paint Aug 27, 2012 Ben Quilty is an Archibald prize winning artist with a lifelong interest in concepts of masculinity - from youthful excesses with drugs, alcohol and fast cars to soldiers on the front line.
S17 E32Sep 3, 2012
On Bicheno Beach Sep 3, 2012 It's forty years since a 15 year old Shane Gould created a sporting sensation by winning three individual gold medals at the Munich Olympics.
S17 E33Sep 10, 2012
Alaska and Me Sep 10, 2012 Twenty-seven year old John Cantor has devoted the past six years to trying to complete one of the toughest solo expeditions on earth - Brooks Range in Alaska.
S17 E34Sep 17, 2012
Life After Puberty Sep 17, 2012 Nell Schofield and Jad Capelja, the two young girls who starred in the 1981 Bruce Beresford film 'Puberty Blues', found fame and celebrity and looked set for big careers on screen...
S17 E35Sep 24, 2012
Leap of Faith Sep 24, 2012 Li Cunxin - once one of the world's best known dancers - embarks on a high stakes return to the ballet world after 15 years as a stockbroker.
S17 E36Oct 1, 2012
The Slam Oct 1, 2012 Exclusive with Rod Laver: the tennis legend is joined by family, friends and a line up of greats including Roger Federer.
S17 E37Oct 8, 2012
The Slam (Part 2) Oct 8, 2012 Part two follows Laver through his marriage to an older American divorcee, raising children, battling a near catastrophic stroke and his return to Australia in circumstances he describes as the supreme highlight of his life.
S17 E38Oct 15, 2012
The Year of Living Famously Oct 15, 2012 Ben Lewin and Judi Levine are two film-makers whose latest film 'The Sessions' has received considerable acclaim and is now being tipped as an Academy Awards contender.
S17 E39Oct 22, 2012
A Man of His Word Oct 22, 2012 Veteran print reporter Malcolm Brown has covered some of the biggest stories of the last four decades, but now finds himself somewhat out of step with the times in an industry caught on the cutting edge of the digital revolution.
S17 E40Oct 29, 2012
Dreams from My Mother Oct 29, 2012 Oscar-nominated actress Diane Cilento left Hollywood at the height of her fame to pursue more creative and spiritual endeavours. Her most enduring love was a theatre she created in the middle of the North Queensland rainforest.
S17 E41Nov 5, 2012
Under Her Spell Nov 5, 2012 Zelie Bullen is a former stunt woman, turned world renowned animal trainer who trained Abraham, the lead horse in Steven Spielberg's movie 'War Horse'.
S17 E42Nov 12, 2012
Under Her Spell Nov 12, 2012 Zelie Bullen is a former stunt woman, turned world renowned animal trainer who trained Abraham, the lead horse in Steven Spielberg's movie 'War Horse'.