Sunday November 20 at 6.30pm AEDT on Channel 7
THE UNSOLVED BACKPACKER MURDER
Beautiful and head-over-heels in love, she was a fun-loving kindergarten teacher on the adventure of a lifetime. Simone Strobel, 24, was backpacking around Australia with her first boyfriend – strapping German surfer Tobias Suckfuell. The couple, and two friends, stopped for the night in a caravan park in the north coast NSW town of Lismore. It was to be Simone’s last night alive. Asked to leave a local hotel, witnesses heard shouting between Simone and Tobias, and fellow campers reported a woman screaming. The next morning, Tobias and his two friends packed up and departed the camp. It was a week before Simone’s dumped body was discovered nearby. The police believe Tobias killed her; the Coroner says he is the person most likely to have committed the murder. But Tobias, who fled Australia seven years ago, has yet to be charged. Now he’s back here, living in a beachside mansion, and as Sunday Night’s Ross Coulthart reveals, refusing to talk about what happened the night Simone died.
Two inseparable mates, they paddled into history when they became the first kayakers to successfully cross the Tasman to New Zealand. How do you top that for adventure? Well, James Castrission and Justin Jones now find themselves in an epic race that echoes one of the greatest adventures of all time. One hundred years ago Norway’s Roald Amundsen beat England’s Robert Scott to the South Pole. A broken man, Scott died on the return journey. Now, as reporter Alex Cullen discovers, the Aussie boys are going toe-to-toe with a mystery Norwegian adventurer to become the first to walk unaided – no dogs, horses or choppers – to the South Pole and back again. It’s the equivalent of walking from Sydney to Cairns in -40°C temperatures and a blizzard. Who is leading, who will win, and what happened when the adventurers came face-to-face?
A MUTANT GENE
Coen is a teenage boy who loves life, but simply laughing could kill him. Coen has cystic fibrosis, a crippling disease given to him unknowingly by his parents, who carry a mutant gene. Coen’s younger brother was lucky. He’s a carrier of the disease but he doesn’t have the illness that will claim Coen’s life. But if Coen has anything to do with it, he’ll be around for some time yet. This remarkable and very special young man is on the transplant list for new lungs which would give him a second chance at life. But as he tells reporter Tim Noonan, this could take months, even years – time he does not have. So he’s heading up a campaign to persuade people to join the organ donor list, and so far he’s signed up more than 1,000.
This week the hottest nice guy in Hollywood, Matt Damon, sits down with Rahni Sadler to talk about everything – his life, his family and memories of his best mate Heath Ledger. Matt’s new film – We Bought A Zoo – is garnering serious Oscar buzz. It’s a not to be missed interview with a box office superstar.
She’s one of the most successful singers in modern music, with one of the most recognisable voices. KD Lang gives Sunday Night viewers a very special intimate live performance to celebrate the end of a huge year for the show.