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Testing Teachers

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Six teachers, three schools, one aim; to make a difference in young people’s lives. When some of Australia’s brightest minds enter the classroom as first time teachers, can they make a difference in school that face the greatest challenge? Testing Teachers follows six first-time teachers from Teach for Australia, an ambitious program that places Australia’s brightest minds in schools serving low socioeconomic communities, where many students are falling behind. After a block of intensive training, these high-achievers are fast-tracked into those classrooms where they are needed most, while they study for their Masters of Teaching on the job. With a massive decline in top school leavers choosing teaching, coupled with almost half of teachers leaving the profession in the first five years – the pressure is on this special breed of recruits to succeed. How will their ambitions unfold when faced with a classroom of disengaged teens where ‘respect’ is something that earned? Will their youthful energy sustain them through the long hours and endless coursework? Can they make a meaningful impact on the lives of their students? With unprecedented access to this innovative program and the classrooms of Australia, Testing Teachers charts the highs and lows of these new teachers over twelve months, spanning three schools across metropolitan and remote Australia.

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Murder Calls

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Our phones are now the centre of our lives. They track our every move… Our every call… For police, they have become the key to solving crimes and a vital crime-buster. MURDER CALLS, a six-part docu-drama series is about the unique calls that cracked open Australia’s most shocking murder cases of: Herman Rockefeller Kelly Hodge Stephen Dempsey and Eddie Bahmad Gabriel Meyer Margaret Tobin Peter Shellard. We have the never before known calls that put criminals in cuffs and locked them behind bars.  These phone calls featured in this series are from beyond the grave, from witnesses, intercepted calls overheard by police and from the killers themselves. These are the phone calls and the amazing stories behind them that completely turn the direction of an investigation and bring Australia’s most horrific murderers to justice.

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Todd Samspon’s Life on the Line

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Todd Sampson puts his faith in science to the ultimate test in a series of epic experiments, trusting his life to the Laws of Physics. In this series, Todd explores the fascinating world of Physics, embarking on a series of challenges to reveal these powerful forces. With the help of some of Australia’s leading young physicists, along with a first-class construction and safety team, each episode follows Todd’s journey from the kernel of an idea through to a daring experiment that will show Physics in action on an incredible scale. Todd literally puts his life in the hands of some of natures fundamental laws: Sliding through a blazing inferno, the physics of Heat Transfer and the incredible heat capacity of water should save Todd from being burnt alive. Facing an AK-47 rifle at point blank range underwater, it’s the Resistance of the densely-packed water molecules that should stop the bullet before it reaches Todd’s body. Bungee jumping with two interwoven phone books intersecting his bungee cord, it’s the Friction between the pages that should prevent Todd from plummeting to his death. Holding a one-tonne wrecking ball to his face and letting it go, it’s the Law of Conservation of Energy that should prevent Todd’s skull from being crushed when the ball swings back towards him. Scaling a 13-storey building with only vacuum cleaners and suction pads, it’s the awesome power of Air Pressure that should allow Todd to climb like Spiderman to the top. Strapped to an enormous bunch of helium balloons, the force of Buoyancy should life Todd into the sky and prevent him from crashing back to earth. These bold experiments are at the mercy of weather conditions, human error, mechanical failure and Todd’s own willpower. Yet the science they are based on remains absolute. It’s one thing to believe in the science and another thing to bet your life on it.

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How Not To Behave

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In which parts of a change room is it okay to walk around naked? What’s the tooth fairys going rate? Is it ever okay to pick up at a funeral? Should you discipline other peoples kids, dump a partner by text, or have the in-laws on Skype while your partner is giving birth? From dinner parties to supermarkets, the workplace to the gym, Gretel and Matt will escort you through the unwritten rules and necessities of modern society. Each episode tests the boundaries of a familiar theme providing a how-to guide for all of us, offering solutions to our social shortcomings once and for all. STUDIO AUDIENCE Please join our hosts Gretel Killen and Matt Okine in studio for a behind-the-scenes insight in to the world of modern manners. Come along and you can expect comedy, sparkling conversation and thought-provoking social experiments as well as some free drinks and snacks- bonus! Every Friday at ABC TV Studios, 700 Harris St, Ultimo, from June 12 to July 31. Audience call time from 5.45pm. Book your free tickets now at http://hownottobehave.eventbrite.com.

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Stop Laughing … this is serious

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Stop Laughing… this is serious is a three-part documentary series charting a course through the story of Australian comedy, featuring more than 60 interviews with the men and women who make us laugh. Through a blend of social history, extensive archive material and intimate interviews with some of the country’s most loved comedians, we travel via stand up, radio, television, theatre and film from indigenous comedy to new viral media jokers of today, revealing how humour, laughter and comedy are integral to our national identity. By unpicking our cultural cringe, poking fun at our national identity, confronting hard truths and exploring our taboos, we come to realise that Australians’ greatest characteristic is our ability to laugh at ourselves. Narrated by Eric Bana, the series explores the development of Australian comedy through social and political change, examining the way humour has reflected and responded to multicultural Australia, gender issues, and politics. Each episode moves seamlessly through time, weaving contemporary comedy with early comedic performance, featuring insight and anecdotes from what Barry Humphries calls “the cheering up business”. The first episode, “LOOK AT MOI, LOOK AT MOI” (Kath and Kim) looks inwards at the importance of our ability to laugh at ourselves. From Edna Everage, the mousy Melbourne housewife, and Sandy Stone – the man to whom nothing ever happens, to school kids like Kylie Mole and Ja’mie and Aussie battlers like Dad and Dave, Paul Hogan and Kenny, we realize that what’s right under our very own nose is often the funniest thing of all. To view the Media kit, click here.

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Outback ER

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The new 8 x half hour observational documentary series OUTBACK ER premieres Thursday 12 February at 8.00pm on ABC. From the red earth of Broken Hill comes a look at one of the most unique emergency departments in the country. Experience just how different a life-threatening crisis can be in one of the most isolated locations on earth. OUTBACK ER introduces us to the incredible emergency response team who live and work in this remote region – the staff from Broken Hill Base Hospital Emergency Department, the Ambulance Service of NSW, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From snakebites and amputations, to farm accidents and heart attacks, every admission brings a new challenge. Witnessing real human drama and meeting some extraordinary characters, OUTBACK ER offers an intimate and moving insight into the diverse population of Broken Hill, and the realities of life and death in the Australian outback. This unforgiving desert landscape breeds a population of no nonsense locals who live hard and play hard – some will even wait days before getting a broken bone treated. Remoteness, lack of resources and staff recruitment are all major challenges at the Broken Hill Base Hospital. It definitely takes a special kind of medical team to work in a place like this. A Screentime (a Banijay Group company) production for ABC TV made with the financial assistance of Screen Australia and Screen NSW. Created by Simon Steel, OUTBACK ER is series produced by Tony De La Peña and executive produced by Screentime’s Jennifer Collins and Simon Steel with ABC TV’s Commissioning Editor, Andrea Ulbrick. To view a promo of episodes 1-4 click here.

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The Flying Miners

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Flying Miners premieres on ABC at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 14 October.

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Village Vets Australia

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Following country vets and long-time best friends Dr James Carroll and Dr Anthony Bennett as they work with animals big and small, Village Vets highlights the real-life dramas, emergencies and triumphs of a rural veterinary practice. Commissioned by Foxtel for the LifeStyle Channel and shooting across the picturesque Shoalhaven region on NSW’s South Coast, Village Vets is about the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, between the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.  

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Taking on the Chocolate Frog

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Premiered on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:30pm on STUDIO. STUDIO is thrilled to announce the commissioning of Taking On The Chocolate Frog, a new Australian television series produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, which centres on an unlikely troupe of Shakespearean wannabes and is inspired by the work of infamous criminal turned award-winning playwright, Jim McNeil. The three-part series will challenge ex-criminals to perform McNeil’s The Chocolate Frog, and will follow the process from rehearsal to final performance in front of a live audience of A-list actors and respected theatre critics; inside the gaol in which the play emerged – Parramatta Correctional Centre.  

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RBT

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RBT follows police units for a unique, behind-the-scenes look at RBT patrols testing for alcohol and drug-affected drivers. The show began on the Nine Network on 27th June, 2010 and ran for four seasons through to 2013.  

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