Sunday, July 1st
6:00pm – Antiques Master, New Series
Amateur antiques enthusiasts compete to win the coveted crown of Antiques Master in this intelligent and dramatic contest. It’s a title every antiques expert will aspire to win!
Against the stunning backdrop of Towneley Hall – a museum located in the beautiful surrounds of Lancashire in the UK, four contestants passionate about all things antique, battle it out in a series of challenges to prove they have the ingenuity, passion and resilience to triumph over their rivals.
Leading the proceedings is television presenter, comedian and author Sandi Toksvig, aided by antiques expert Eric Knowles, who is there to assess the performance of the contestants and offer extra insights into the antiques that feature in the contest.
Over a series of heats, contestants face rounds that test both their mettle and knowledge, in which they must correctly identify the chronological order of antiques placed before them, work out the function of mystery objects and spot valuable, ancient and fake antiques. For the jubilant heat winners, it’s then on to the semi-finals.
After weeks of demanding challenges, who has the staying power to go all the way and be crowned Antiques Master?
Each contestant in tonight’s episode is a specialist in their field. Delia Sinden – 19th century Ironstone pottery, Paul Belban – Georgian tea caddies, Alfred Hughes – glazed Staffordshire pottery and Lynne Hardman – early 20th century Art Nouveau.
6:30pm – Compass: The 100+ Club
The remarkable lives and dreams of Australia’s ‘The 100+ Club’ – the world’s only social club for centenarians.
The world’s only social club for centenarians, The 100+ Club, has some remarkable members on its books. At a time in their lives when most people have long given up on chasing dreams, Ruth (101), Olive (103) and Dexter (a spring chicken at 100) are on a mission to complete some unfinished business.
Ruth – the planet’s oldest competing athlete – is out to break her own world throwing records.
All-round entertainer Olive is determined to stage one last performance, while outback author Dexter hopes to finish his fifth and quite possibly last book.
Most centenarians insist they’re not terribly special (“age is just a couple of numbers on a piece of paper”) but as The 100+ Club reveals, there’s nothing at all ordinary about this group of Australians.
7:30pm – Sporting Nation
At the 1976 Montreal Olympics Australia won no events of any kind. Members of that Olympic team, Ric Charlesworth, John Bertrand and Raelene Boyle recollect that dark time.
The Fraser government established an expensive state-funded institute. If we wanted national prestige from sport, we were going to have to pay for it. We supplied the AIS with equipment and young sporting talent.
The pattern of domestic sport was changing. Television had discovered live cricket and then live football, and it was on for young and old. Gideon Haigh describes how television redesigned the way we looked at sport and Hugh Mackay highlights the irresistible appeal of domestic sport.
For migrant kids like Robert DiPierdomenico, playing footy was how you got accepted. Others, like Les Murray wanted to play soccer – the game they brought from Europe. Joy Damousi, Bob Hawke, Hugh Mackay and Roy Masters explain how migration transformed the nation and was more easily accepted when kids with funny names helped our teams win at football.
As team sport expanded and needed more players, the visibility of Indigenous Australians in AFL, NRL and rugby union also increased dramatically. Mark Ella tells us how a kid from La Perouse became the Wallabies captain.
In 1983 Australia won the America’s Cup with John Bertrand at the helm. It was such a significant moment for Australia that the Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, encouraged the entire country to get on the turps.
The rebuild of our Olympic performance was gradual and hit its straps in the 90s. In Barcelona in 1992 Kieren Perkins won the 1500 metres freestyle and obliterated the world record and Kathy Watt became the prow of the good ship Australian women’s cycling. At the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 the Australian women’s hockey team, coached by Ric Charlesworth, exemplified the comeback in Australian team sport and Kieren Perkins delivered one of the great underdog performances of all time.
8:30pm – Wallander: One Step Behind
Swedish detective Kurt Wallander must track a killer who always seems to be one step ahead, following Wallander as much as Wallander is following him.
Three young friends are shot in the woods while on an elaborate Midsummer’s Eve picnic.
Shortly after, one of Wallander’s colleagues is found murdered, also shot – at his home at close range.
As details of his colleague’s personal life emerge, Wallander wonders how well he really knew him. He seems to have been involved with the youths at the picnic, but it’s not clear how.
An hysterical mother of one of the three slain youths has a postcard with what seems to be her daughter’s handwriting on, but is it?
A meticulous killer moves in and picks off others before Wallander can smoke him out.
Monday, 2 July 2012
6:50pm – 480: NAIDOC
Message Stick has produced 15 x 8′ mini documentaries called 480.
Hosted by Luke Carroll, 480 will cover themes of ANZAC, MABO, land rights, native title and NAIDOC.
The stories aim to recognise and celebrate important events and anniversaries occurring in 2012 with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – all in less than 480 seconds.
This week covers NAIDOC which follows the stories of five highly respected Australian Aborigines including: activist Marianne Mackay, businessman Neil Willmett only one, performer Lisa Maza, surfer Joe Haddon and fashion designer Grace Lee.
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
8:00pm – Race To London
Para-equestrian hopeful Grace Bowman, and her horse Rolly are in Melbourne for an international team dressage event. It’s the Australian team’s last chance to win a spot for London, and to do this they must beat New Zealand. Grace is the last to compete and is not scheduled to go on until later in the afternoon but as her turn approaches the weather starts to change for the worse with torrential rain, lightning and thunder that washes out the event. Grace struggles to keep Rolly calm through the maelstrom. Her event has been postponed to the next day. A very annoyed Grace has to now deal with a horse that is unsettled, and try and refocus for tomorrow.
Ahmed Kelly, Paralympic swimmer, is performing well below the time required if he has any hope of being selected for London. His coach, Brad Harris, devises an endurance test to push Ahmed’s fitness to the next level, but Ahmed’s fitness seems to be going backwards. Ahmed puts on a brave face as he takes time out to attend a fundraising event for the Children First Foundation run by his mother, Moira Kelly. We meet his family; singing sensation, brother Emmanuel, twins Krishna and Trishna and of course Moira. Moira brought all four children to Australia for life-changing surgery through her work at the Foundation. Festivities over, Ahmed heads for the Victorian State Swimming Championship hoping to swim well.
At the last time-trials, rower, Drew Ginn, was soundly beaten by his training rivals. To improve his performance Drew is attending a Victorian state rowing camp with his rowing partner, Josh. The training steps up a notch when they are joined by Victorian training rivals, James and Cameron. While they are competitors in the pairs, the plan is to join forces as a boat of four, which has been identified as the best chance for Australia to win a medal. But to become the next ‘Oarsome Foursome’, Drew knows it will all come down to their synchronicity as a team and being able to find ‘the zone’. Weeks later all four rowers attend the first Olympic trials of the season. Drew and Josh and James and Cameron are now rowing against other elite rowers from around the country.
8:30pm – Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey
In episode two of Joanna Lumley’s Greek Odyssey, the much loved British actress continues her extraordinary journey through the vast and varied landscape of Greece – the birthplace of drama, democracy, language, Western science and medicine, and the wellspring of civilisation and modern European culture.
Making her way across the northern-most regions of Greece, Joanna travels through an area that has been vastly influenced by the world around it, more so than anywhere else in the country. Her route is from the western Ionian island of Corfu – where she discovers cricket, brass bands, ginger beer and some local anglophiles – through to the turbulent eastern border Greece shares with Turkey and Bulgaria. It’s a frontier-land where foreign invasion and occupation have left a fascinating legacy.
9:20pm – Gordon’s Great Escape: Cambodia
In episode two of Gordon’s Great Escape, Gordon Ramsay continues his culinary adventure in South East Asia – this time he heads off the beaten track in Cambodia.
During the years of Khmer Rouge rule and civil war, Cambodia was largely destroyed and the people experienced devastating famines. Today, the country is in recovery and its traditional food is undergoing a revival.
Gordon scours Cambodia hunting out historic recipes that pre-date the Khmer Rouge rule. He hires a chopper to take him into the heart of the jungle where he discovers a dessert fit for a restaurant; he becomes a hunter-gatherer wading through snake infested rivers for frogs; and goes in search of Cambodia’s hairiest delicacy – tarantula!
10:05pm – First Tuesday Book Club With Jennifer Byrne: July
This month, First Tuesday Book Club host Jennifer Byrne, and regulars Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger are joined on the panel by business leader, speaker and author Geoffrey Cousins, and Charlotte Wood, acclaimed author of The Submerged Cathedral, The Children and Animal People.
The two books being reviewed by the panel are Australian Wayne Macauley’s comic novel, The Cook and Wallace Stegner’s elegant evocation of the ties of family and friendship, Crossing To Safety.
Blackly funny and deliciously satirical, The Cook feeds our hunger to know what goes on in the kitchen, while skewering our culture of food worship. At Cook School, Zac dreams about becoming the greatest chef the world has seen. He has dreams of a future, of escaping the dead-end, no-hope lot of his fellow cooks. He thinks he’s taken his first steps when he becomes house cook for a wealthy family. But when his promised future looks unlikely to eventuate, Zac is forced to reassess everything. Sweet turns sour and ends in bitter revenge.
Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the great American novels of the 20th century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
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Wednesday, 4 July 2012
6:00pm – Country House Rescue: Trereife House
In the fourth episode of the series Ruth Watson visits determined Tim Le Grice and his family, owners of Trereife House in Penzance, Cornwall. After inheriting the crumbling manor and its huge debts in 1986 Tim has spent the past 25 years trying to turn around the fortunes of his family home. But Trereife is a house in peril, falling down at the seams. And while holding down a full-time job as a solicitor Tim has been working 15 hours a day trying new business ventures to give them a much needed cash injection. The house is making a loss, it’s falling apart and the bank is close to forcing a sale.
Tim’s and his wife Liz’s two children, student trainee Peter and literary agent Georgina, are keen to take over the running of their beloved home to stop Tim from putting his health at stake, but their father is reluctant to let go and doesn’t want to pass the burden of the home onto his children.
Ruth steps in and soon discovers that part of Trereife’s travails lie with Tim’s misguided business ideas – a failed zoo, a gypsy caravan theme park, a restaurant and a dairy farm. Ignoring his family’s pleas for rationality Tim has ploughed on with his ill-advised projects bringing them to the brink of bankruptcy.
Can Ruth get him to see sense and restore the house to its previous glory?
8:00pm – Myf Warhurst’s Nice: And Arty
Myf’s parents were both art teachers and as a result, she grew up surrounded by art. Myf loved it all, the good, the bad, and the ugly – she thought it was all ‘nice’.
In Nice and Arty, Myf looks at the kitsch and popular art of her childhood and questions why she, and many others, are still drawn to it. Myf delves into the art world – talking to a series of artists working with kitsch and tries to convince the most popular artist of her time, Ken Done, to paint her the doona cover she coveted as a child. Myf is then inspired to spruce up one of the national galleries and enlists the help of some crafty friends.
Also features interviews with Matthew Grant – a kitsch enthusiast, who has let his art collection take over his home; Nick Mitzevich – Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia; Tony Albert – an artist who incorporates the kitsch of his childhood into new works of art; TV host and art aficionado, Steve Vizard; and William Eicholtz – an award-winning sculptor who uses kitsch and popular art as inspiration.
8:30pm – Randling
This week on Randling it’s an Ultimate Braincell Cage Fight as our two most conspicuously educated teams clash. Yes, finally, the match-up every English teacher’s been waiting for, The Bette Davis Cup Squad versus The Argopelters. For your entertainment, Jonathan Biggins and David Marr take on Chris Taylor and Jennifer Byrne in a knock-em-down, drag-em-out contest. Here are just a few things for the eagle-eyed viewer to look out for: the singing debut of David Marr, the phrase ‘she vulcanised her nylon underpants’, Jonathan Biggins’s piratical knowledge and an old blues tune called Ain’t Got No Rabbit Dog…
Randling, created for ABC1 by Andrew Denton and Jon Casimir, the gentlemen behind The Gruen Transfer, is a game show that hearkens back to the good old days when a point was a point and a team was something worth barracking for.
Using sporting competition as inspiration and framework, Randling pits ten amazing teams against each other over 27 rounds of bone-crunching combat. All of it hurtling towards the 2012 Randling Grand Final and the presentation of a trophy which has cost the ABC so much cash that from next year, Four Corners will be Three Corners And A Gap.
White-water rafting for the brain, Randling is a show where smart people can be funny and funny people can be smart, where actual knowledge may help you, but just as likely won’t. It’s a cheeky, surprising show that allows Mr Denton to live up to his hosting motto: “I’m Andrew and I’m not here to help”.
9:00pm – Life’s Too Short
Life’s Too Short is a faux documentary series starring actor Warwick Davis (the Harry Potter and Star Wars films) as a fictionalised version of himself desperately trying to hustle and connive his way back into the spotlight. Written, directed and executive produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the show features cameos by top stars, including Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Cat Deeley, Steve Carel and Sting along with Gervais and Merchant playing themselves.
With his career on the slide, a massive tax bill caused by his useless accountant, and a wife who’s divorcing him, the showbiz actor has no choice but to open his doors to a film crew 24/7. Maybe living his life like an open wound will get him back on top?
This week, during messy divorce negotiations, Warwick asks Ricky and Stephen for personal advice. Meanwhile, he moves into a new apartment and seeks election as chairman of the Society of People of Small Stature.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
8:00pm – Photo Finish: Plastic Cameras
Hosted by passionate photographer Andrew Günsberg (Australian Idol), Photo Finish is a unique series where, each week, three amateur photographers compete head-to-head in themed photographic challenges.
Each photographer is equipped with the same type of camera and the time-based assignments and designed to test their creativity and skills.
To help decide the weekly winner, Andrew is joined by Anne Loxley, a curator at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art together with an expert judge from each genre.
This week the photographers go to the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney with plastic cameras to take a winning photo which sums up a day at the races.
Without the luxury of viewing the photo after the shot has been snapped, their skill and understanding of framing and light will be challenged by using plastic cameras which are renowned for their hit or miss qualities.
Competing for the best photo is student Khia Kinchella, artist Mel Anderson and prison officer Scott Westlake.
This week’s guest judge is veteran photographer Tim Hixson who started using plastic ‘Diana’ film cameras in 1970.
8:30pm – Silk
Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) represents Michael Ward, the driver of a high-security prison van. When some of his prisoners escape, Ward opens the door to discover another dead inside.
With Ward and the security firm accused of causing the prisoner’s death, Martha fights to make Ward stand up for himself.
Chambers takes on a new pupil, Daniel Lomas, who helps Martha unlock her client.
9:30pm – Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets – Final
Stephen Fry continues with his gadget greatness, trawling through the second half of his list of 100 favourites of all time.
He and his actor, inventor and comedic friends list off the razor, the stapler, the retractable tape measure – with its pleasurable and manly ‘thwack’ – and the Walkman as some of the essentials without which their lives would be much colder and lonelier.
But in the end, Fry’s favourite gadget of all time is a pocket wonder.
Friday, 6 July 2012
8:00pm – Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL
From the Labor power struggle to the Greek economy, Christopher Pyne to Eurovision, Schapelle Corby to interracial same-sex marriage… there’s no story that Shaun Micallef’s MAD AS HELL won’t cover.
Packed with behind-the-scenes exclusives, special investigative reports, and semi-serious in-depth interviews, this is the show that knows that if news isn’t now it’s nowhere.
Still to come this week… poker machines, parliamentary privilege, and other things beginning with ‘P’.
8:30pm – Silent Witness: Redhill Part 1
There’s little sympathy when child-killer James Wade suddenly dies in his cell, but Leo’s encounter with the dead ex-prison inspector Rachel Kruger compels him to find out more about the notorious Redhill Prison.
Hardened prison officer Daniel Kessler and sidekick Ellis Roberts are not prepared to reveal anything. Harry meets Wade’s sister Miriam and agrees to help find her brother’s killer, but the team find themselves up against stubborn Detective Inspector Bridges who believes that Rachel’s husband Peter is solely responsible for her murder.
As always forensic pathologists Dr Harry Cunningham (Tom Ward), Dr Nikki Alexander (Emilia Fox) and Professor Leo Dalton (William Gaminara) painstakingly examine the bodies of the deceased to search for vital clues that may reveal the cause of death.
Saturday, 7 July 2012
7:30pm – Death In Paradise
A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard (Ben Miller) when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him!
With his job on the line, he needs all his British rigour and stoutest brogues to get to the heart of the Paradise Beach mystery…
8:30pm – Kidnap And Ransom
A gripping three-part drama starring Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead, Framed) as an international hostage negotiator who takes on one of the toughest cases of his life when an apparently simple negotiation goes awry.
When businesswoman Naomi Shaffer (Emma Fielding) is kidnapped while working in South Africa, expert hostage negotiator Dominc King (Eve) thinks he is looking at a straightforward case – pay what the crooks demand and free Shaffer. He successfully negotiates a ransom figure and flies to Cape Town to complete the handover, but things do not go to plan and the release is botched. As the situation turns into a disaster and his troubles escalate, King realises just how much is at stake.
He is pushed to the limit along with boss Angela Beddoes (Helen Baxendale) and ambitious assistant Carrie (Amara Karan). When the criminals strike again in Britain, King must draw on all his reserves to bring the victims home alive. Meanwhile, tensions are brewing at home with his wife Sophie (Natasha Little) and teenage daughter.
Kidnap and Ransom is created by Patrick Harbinson (24, Law And Order, Wire In The Blood) and stars Trevor Eve (Waking The Dead, Troy, The Family Man) John Hannah (Spartacus, The Mummy Franchise, Alias) and Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet, Friends).
9:20pm – Hustle
Just as the gang is about to close another successful deal, a cruel twist of fate reveals one of the marks to be an undercover police officer. It seems the team might be in a spot of bother. Don’t miss the final episode of Hustle, Saturday 7 July at 9.20pm.
Mickey (Adrian Lester) and the team are arrested and unceremoniously thrown in the slammer. Things look like they have gone from bad to worse when Nigel Chambers (Tom Beard) and the beautiful Jennifer Hughes (Anna Madeley) from MI6 arrive to question Mickey. The pair have a proposition for him and, unfortunately for Mickey, these two don’t play by the book.
Jennifer has an ulterior motive, she is friends with a certain DCI Lucy Britford (Indira Varma) who was conned by the team and has a score to settle. MI6 are willing to offer the team a pardon if they do a little job for them in return. The target is the National Bank of Syria and the heist is the unknown contents of a security box. The reward for the team is their freedom plus as much cash as they can carry from the vault.
With no choice but to agree, Ash (Robert Glenister) sets about trying to find a way in, however the bank has as much security as Fort Knox, which means that Sean (Matt Di Angelo) and Emma (Kelly Adams) are also going to need to find a way in on the inside as well. The team need to go the extra mile to pull this off and it seems that even Mickey can’t charm his way out of this one.